Date(s) - 04/10/2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

116 Bond Street - Toronto Guitar School Main Location (Yonge & Dundas)


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This class provides participants with 2 hours of weekly interactive songwriting instruction in a small group format which is limited to 6 people. Participants are invited to share their songs with the class on weekly basis receiving valuable feedback and suggestions from their instructors and fellow classmates.

Class Overview:

Join us for a fun and stimulating class series that will help you develop your own musical style and songwriting ideas. This level 2 class builds on our Level 1 songwriting course. Participants should be experienced songwriters that have at least a year’s worth of consistent songwriting experience and are comfortable performing in front of a group, familiar with typical pop chord progressions, and have a basic understanding of simple scales and chord relationships. Participants are expected to be familiar with the following concepts: verse, pre-chorus, chorus, bridge, intro, outro, vamp, etc. The ability to play an instrument and accompany one’s self is strongly recommended.

COURSE OUTLINE – Topics covered will include:

Lyric Form and Structure – learn tools and techniques for writing better lyrics and rhymes.

Motifs – Why they are the backbone of every hit song, how to pick them out and use them in your own songs.

A variety of material by commercially successful songwriters of varying styles will be explored and analyzed throughout the course allowing participants to discover the tools and techniques that hit songwriters use.

Learn the essential habits and tools that if put into practice will accelerate your musical development & songwriting chops.

The use of the piano as an arrangement tool.

Rhythm, space, melody and harmony will be explored and how you can use these to maximum effect in your song arrangements.

How to create and write great bass lines.

Students will be shown how to notate their own rhythmic and melodic ideas to effectively communicate them to others both verbally and in written form.

Learn how to market and promote your songs and how to actually make a living as a songwriter.

The following arrangement techniques will be covered:

A) solo performance – instrumental, piano or guitar and voice

B) typical rock band (drums, bass, guitar, keyboard and voice) will be covered

C) preparing a professional arrangement for a recording studio session

Participants will have the opportunity to perform at our school concerts and select other performance venues in Toronto.

As part of their final 3 classes, participants will have the opportunity to have their songs professionally recorded at Mint Music’s Recording Studios!

Instructor- Glen Alan

A graduate of the Humber College Jazz Music program, Glen Alan has performed in venues in Canada, the US, and Europe. Glen has his Grade 8 Piano Certification with honours from the Royal Conservatory and teaches guitar, ukulele, piano, songwriting and theory at the Toronto Guitar School and Mint Music. Some of the people Glen has worked and performed with include Keifer Sutherland, David “Soulfingaz” Williams, Jackie Richardson, Don Ross, Brian Dickenson, Natalie McMaster, Steven T Hunter, Tim Bovaconti, Paul Delong, Wendell Ferguson, Suba Sankaran and Dylan Bell.

In 1996 Glen founded Mint Music (formerly known as Find A Way) and the Toronto Guitar School in 2014. Mint Music today is a thriving music school, recording studio, video, and live event company. Glen Alan is a songwriter, musician and music producer with over 20 plus years of professional music industry experience.

Julian Taylor

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Julian Taylor is an award-winning Toronto musician and singer-songwriter. His career began early in life and has led to top-forty singles, countless live performances, international tours, and the release of seven albums. He has performed with acts like Blue Rodeo, Collective Soul, and Jeff Healy among many others. His new band features an array of talented musicians and seamlessly blends genres into something fresh and exciting.


Class 1: Thursday, October 4th, 7:30-9:30 PM

Class 2: Thursday, October 11th, 7:30-9:30 PM

Class 3: Thursday, October 18th, 7:30-9:30 PM

Class 4: Thursday, October 25th, 7:30-9:30 PM

Class 5: Thursday, November 1st, 7:30-9:30 PM

Class 6: Thursday, November 8th, 7:30-9:30 PM

Class 7: Thursday, November 15th, 7:30-9:30 PM

Class 8: Thursday, November 22nd, 7:30-9:30 PM

Class 9: Thursday, November 29th, 7:30-9:30 PM

Class 10: Thursday, December 6th, 7:30-9:30 PM

Class 11: Thursday, December 13th, 7:30-9:30 PM

Class 12: Thursday, December 20th, 7:30-9:30 PM


COURSE COST: $480 if you prepay before Thursday, October 4th 2018. Regular course cost $540



Pre-pay for this guitar course before the course begins and SAVE Over $122.50!*

You will Receive:

• $60 off the regular course cost of $540

• 50% discount on 1-hour private music lessons (Savings of $37.50)**

• a FREE regular priced 1-hour guitar, ukulele or theory class ($25 Value)**

* This offer may not be combined with any other special offers or discounts

** Must be redeemed before the course ends.

Payments can be made using email transfer by sending payment to the Toronto Guitar School’s official email address Please contact the school directly through email or phone (416-707-1077) before making payment for further instructions.

Payments can also be made in person at the Toronto Guitar School’s Yonge and Dundas location (116 Bond Street) by appointment only. Cheque or cash are the accepted methods of payment.

Payment must be received 24 hours prior to the start of the class to receive the discounted price otherwise the regular course rate applies.