Date(s) - 23/08/2018
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Mint Music Yonge & Dundas


Weekly group songwriting course – all instruments welcome! This class provides you with 1 hour of weekly songwriting instruction in a small group format (limited to 6 people). Participants are invited to share their songs with the class on weekly basis receiving valuable feedback and suggestions from classmates and instructor Glen Alan and Julian Taylor.

Class Overview:

Come 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 writing experience, 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 concepts: verse, pre-chorus, chorus, bridge, middle 8, intro, outro, vamp, and the following terms — AAA, ABA, ABC, AB, compound and compound/hybrid musical forms etc. Ability to play an instrument is strongly recommended, for vocalists however your instructor can accompany you if needed. For those with less theory experience we recommend enrolling concurrently with Theory 1 or 2 classes.


Course Outline – Topics covered will include:

Lyric Form and Structure Expanded – 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 create and employ 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 that hit songwriters use

Developing habits that if put into practice will accelerate your musical development & songwriting chops

The use of the piano as an arrangement tool will also be covered

The importance of rhythm and space in melody and arrangements

Students will notate their own rhythmic and melodic ideas to effectively communicate them to others


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 share their songs for the class, and have the opportunity to perform at our school concerts and other performance venues in Toronto.

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

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


Instructor- Glen Alan

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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, Mark Dubois, Lenny Soloman, Steven T Hunter, Tim Bovaconti, Paul Delong, Wendell Ferguson, Don Francks, 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 so far has lead 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.

His Website



Class 1: Thursday, July 5th, 8:30-9:30 PM

Class 2: Thursday, July 12th, 8:30-9:30 PM

Class 3: Thursday, July 19th, 8:30-9:30 PM

Class 4: Thursday, July 26th, 8:30-9:30 PM

Class 5: Thursday, August 2nd, 8:30-9:30 PM

Class 6: Thursday, August 9th, 8:30-9:30 PM

Class 7: Thursday, August 16th, 8:30-9:30 PM

Class 8: Thursday, August 23rd, 8:30-9:30 PM

Class 9: Thursday, August 30th, 8:30-9:30 PM

Class 10: Thursday, September 6th, 8:30-9:30 PM


Pre-pay for this guitar course before the course begins and SAVE Over $107.50!*

You will Receive:

• $50 off the regular course cost of $250

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

• AND one FREE additional guitar class**

Bonus: Those enrolled in our guitar courses ALWAYS receive the discounted rate on all of our classes and courses.

* 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 at this location.

Payment must be received 24 hours prior to the start of the class to receive the discounted price otherwise the regular course rate of $250 applies. If you would like to join the class as a drop-in student the fee is $25 per class. Drop-ins will not be allowed past the 3rd class. Feel free to email us at or phone 416-707-1077 if you have any further questions.