About Carla Carter

About Carla Carter Carla teaches songwriting in a supportive and inspirational environment. Lessons focus on teaching students the process of creating original melodies, chords and lyrics. Piano will be the most common instrument used as an accompaniment. Each week, students perform practical exercises and write lyrics to strengthen their songwriting skills. The exercises are designed to broaden rhyming skills and add individuality and color to songs. This program is built from the ground up to offer useful steps to give your songs the standout quality they need.

You’ll learn everything you need to take the music industry by storm:

  • How to connect with your audience using your lyrics
  • How to transform melodies and write chart topping hooks
  • Who to contact and how to go about putting your music in front of the right people
  • How to deal with writer’s block and supercharge your productivity


Carla Carter is a Grammy Award Winning, platinum-selling singer/songwriter. 

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She has worked with many household names over the years, including the following international superstars: Usher, Janet Jackson, Little Mix, Selena Gomez, Celine Dion, Beyonce’, Ellie Goulding, Sean Mendes plus many more...

Carla Carter with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis She is signed to legendary producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis at Flyte Tyme Productions/Sony ATV.  Carla worked on the 2011 Grammy award winning project Raymond vs. Raymond (Usher) and was nominated in 2012 for work on Trin-I-Tee 5:7’s Angel & Chanelle. She has written and co-written songs for several albums and national TV shows and helped to produce two #1 albums for independent artist Dawn Richard, released in 2013 and 2015 (Armor On & Goldenheart).

In 2015, Carla directed a regional music program for the Microsoft Store in Century City, California and also teamed up with Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to teach music production to at-risk students in the district. Carla is in her 2nd year teaching Songwriting at Icon Collective Music Production School (a Music Production College in Burbank, California).

Grammy Award Winning Songwriter Carla Carter 2Carla supports a lot of causes, but none more than helping young people in need. In 2015, she began teaching music lessons at Baan Dada Orphanage in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, where she is currently on the board of volunteers.  5% of all proceeds from Songwriters Institute are donated to help Baan Dada further development through teaching the Baan Dada children life skills such as weaving, art, foreign languages, cooking and baking as well as music and technical skills. Another 10% of proceeds go toward a Songwriters Institute Scholarship benefiting at-risk youth.

"I see music as an outlet and I want to empower young people to express themselves in productive ways. With depression rates high, I realize there are a lot of children in need of hope these days. They need to believe in positive things. If I can help to show ONE child a light ... I'm all in! I believe in good people and LOVE truly saves the world." ~Carla

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