Lessons at HOV

All Songwriting lessons @ The House of Voice are taken under the guidance of Olivia Hally front woman, singer and songwriter of internationally touring band Oh Pep. Her work was been featured in the New York Times and Rolling Stone, on NPR’s Tiny desk and Glastonbury’s stage.

She has toured the Europe, North America and Australia with the Mountain Goats, Lake Street Dive, Nathaniel Ratliff, Lord Huron, Valerie June and Martha Wainwright and Billy Bragg, who personally invited her to perform on his Left Field stage at Glastonbury. The two albums Olivia has released as Oh Pep! (Stadium Cake, 2016 + I Wasn’t Only Thinking About You…, 2018) have received critical acclaim from NPR to Rolling Stone to the New York Times; from ‘life affirming’ (Record of the Day) to ‘faultless folk rock’ (Rolling Stone) to ‘Miraculous’ (Paste).


Olivia’s teaching is tailored with individualized content, making sure students have a strong foundation of tools to express themselves authentically. Without judgement, ideas are refined to make art that resonates with the student, that both consolidates and expands their sense of themselves as artists whilst having a lot of fun!

Songwriting classes with Olivia cover:

  • How to write lyrics
  • How to add music to lyrics
  • How to write music either via your live instrument or music production programs
  • How to use and program in Garageband, Abelton, Pro tools and Logic
  • How to arrange in Garageband, Abelton, Pro tools, Logic and Sibelius
  • How to play your music live using DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)
  • How to record, mix and master

If students play guitar or piano, songwriting lessons can utilize these instruments for songwriting as well as integrating instruments via DAW programs such as Garageband, Abelton, Pro tools and Logic.

If students do not play an instrument, this is ok too. Olivia will guide students in how to write music through programing in Garageband, Abelton, Pro tools and Logic.

Songwriting classes leads to your development: Students move towards creating their very own CD with performance opportunities within The House of Voice to perform original works.

Mentoring and Development

The House of Voice offers the unique experience of complete artist development. Students can attend songwriting with Olivia Hally, however once songs are written coming into vocal coach Alisha Gartland to develop vocally/technically within their original works so they are the best they can be. Olivia and Alisha work together to mentor and develop your original material so it is ready for recording and performance. Contact The House of Voice for more information and to book.