Composer, Songwriter, Producer, Audio Engineer and Educator


Private Lessons

I offer guitar, songwriting and music production lessons for students of any experience level, from those looking to write and record their first demos, to more advanced producers looking to polish and refine their recordings or arrangements at home. Most lessons are currently taught remotely, but will be available to teach privately in Westchester as the COVID-19 pandemic is under control.  


Music production

Learn to record and produce your own songs in whatever industry standard DAW you'd like (Logic Pro, Protools, or Ableton Live). 

Introductory Garageband lessons are available for those just getting started.


Demystify the building blocks of songwriting, including form, melody and chord progressions, and lyric writing. 


More experienced songwriters can develop and refine their own songs with the techniques and devices used by the greats, understood through active listening and analysis. 


Whether you're just picking up the guitar, looking to grow your command of the fretboard, or just hoping to shake the rust off, I'm here to help! 

I've had a guitar in my hands for most of my life, and have taught for fifteen years. Lesson plans and curriculums are personalized based on a student's interests and needs. 


recent work*


*All works by Starstruck written, produced, recorded by Zack O'Brien


Custom Songs 

It's always been a joy writing songs for friends and loved ones.


I offer fully original, personalized songs to order for others to give

to the ones they love -- particularly the young ones in their lives.


Instead of more STUFF from Amazon, why not give the gift of a

personalized, professionally recorded song? 

Get in touch to hear more about process* and pricing.



*I welcome any genre and style requests if there's something specific you've

got in mind, but am more than happy to take the reins and come up with

something that's kid-friendly, catchy and probably a bit quirky.


All songs written and recorded by Zack O'Brien. 


About Zack


Zack is a songwriter, producer, teacher and audio engineer living in Croton on Hudson, NY. Before completing his Masters in Studio Composition from SUNY Purchase, he spent years as a guitarist and songwriter in bands Yucky Duster and Slonk Donkerson, during which he toured extensively and recorded albums that have received praise in The Guardian, Stereogum, VICE and more. He writes and records music as

Starstruck, and released his solo debut on System Dialing Records in 2020.


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about lessons, composition and production work, custom songwriting, recording services and beyond!

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