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AWARD WINNING

Toronto
Songwriting Lessons

In-Studio | Online | In Your Home

Welcome to Toronto's
Elite Music Academy

Our Songwriting Lessons

Try Songwriting Lessons in Toronto with No Commitment Today!

Our songwriting professionals understand the value of exploring one’s creative potential. That’s why we offer trial songwriting lessons for individuals who are interested in this art form but are not yet sure if it’s right for them. You can test the waters, learn about the process and receive expert guidance from our experienced songwriting teachers before committing to a full course.

Embrace your passion for music and begin crafting your own songs with confidence. Book your trial lesson today and take the first step towards becoming a successful songwriter.

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Our Lessons

In-Studio | Online | In Your Home

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In-Studio

Experience the magic of music at one of our three vibrant locations in Toronto. Our state-of-the-art facilities provide an inspiring atmosphere where you can learn, grow, and connect with our community of dedicated music enthusiasts.

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Online

Learn from the comfort of your own home with our engaging and interactive online lessons. Through high-quality video conferencing tools, we bring our expert teaching right to you, offering the flexibility you need in today’s fast-paced world.

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In Your Home

Our highly-qualified instructors can come to you so you can enjoy the ultimate convenience with our lessons in your home. This option combines the comfort of learning at home with the personalized touch of our expert face-to-face instruction.

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Songwriting Lessons

Our approach to songwriting sets us apart from other schools in Toronto. Our instructors are experienced and knowledgeable, providing personalized lessons that cater to each student’s individual needs and goals. With a team of exceptional teachers, you can trust that you will receive outstanding education and experience that will elevate your songwriting abilities to new heights.

Class Experience

Our songwriting course is designed to provide a comprehensive education in the craft of writing music and lyrics. Through a structured five-day program, we will guide students through the development of the essential building blocks of songwriting, including rhythm, rhyme, melody, and harmony. By the end of the course, every student will have written two fully completed original songs, including both a solo piece and a collaborative group effort, demonstrating their newfound abilities and creative expression.

In our songwriting course, a basic understanding of the keyboard and chords is beneficial for maximum participation and understanding. Access to a keyboard is suggested, but if you are proficient on another instrument such as the guitar or ukulele, rest assured that our teaching style accommodates all students. For those without any instrument proficiency, we offer alternative methods such as working with “LOOPS” to ensure every student can fully engage and benefit from the course.

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Course Breakdown

Day 1:

We will go over the different sections of the song, including the verse, the chorus, and the bridge, and the role that each plays in the song. I will also teach the students how to do an object write. They will complete an object write and create a short song section for homework to present in the next class.

Day 2:

We will discuss writing chord progressions and melodies. Students will learn a few common chord progressions and how to construct a melody that is singable and compliments their lyrics. We will also go over the homework and talk about developing our songs. Homework will be to write another song section to develop.

Day 3:

We will talk about different types of rhymes and rhyme schemes, and how to use them in our songs. We will also discuss how to vary line lengths to make our songs more interesting. Students will continue working on their songs for homework.

Day 4:

We will discuss writing song sections with a central metaphor and do a fun exercise to practice. We will start to finish up and fine tune our songs, and I will answer any questions the students have concerning their final songs. Students will finish their songs for homework.

Day 5:

Final touches and performance week! Each student will present their final song to the class, either playing live or sharing an MP3 recording. We will all give everyone some positive feedback on their songs and we’ll end the class on a high note!

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Our Songwriting Teachers

We Couldn’t Do It Without Them

We hire the most qualified songwriting teachers in Toronto, based on the highest possible standards in education and experience.

Our Reviews

Elite Music Academy
4.4
Based on 52 reviews
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sarena knapiksarena knapik
19:39 23 Jun 23
Learned how to play the ukulele this spring. Todd was very good as an instructor - and even though I was a lazy student (didn't do much practising 🙁 , I learned how to play - despite myself! Now, That's! amazing. Was a fun set of sessions.
kelly vlassopouloskelly vlassopoulos
02:13 28 Jan 23
Elite is a great place to learn music! With a wonder group of talented musicians! My daughter loves going to her classes. Her teachers have all been so kind, friendly and professional!
Todd LefeverTodd Lefever
17:19 17 Jul 16
I have had the privilege of teaching guitar lessons and rock band classes at Elite Music Academy and being a rock camp instructor at Toronto Music Camp since 2008. Elite is a great place to work. The owners are friendly and supportive. The staff is pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful. The other instructors are top notch professionals who are a joy to work with. I can't say enough about the talented students I have had at Elite over the years. Their eagerness to learn, and the interaction I have with them, has been very motivating and inspiring for me. I hope to be a part of the great team at Elite for many more years.Todd Lefever
Vasili FrimisVasili Frimis
04:52 15 Aug 13
Love This place. It has 2 great owners and many wonderful teachers who will teach you everything you need to know about your instrument. it has many great programs such as rock which is run during the year and the Toronto Music Camp which is run in the summer for 5 weeks and is one of my favourite programs the school has. I have been with the school for lessons, rock band and the Toronto Music Camp for about 4 years and i love it. Elite Music Academy is one of the best music schools in Toronto and it always will be. i recommend this place to anyone who wants to take music lessons.
Torva LoganTorva Logan
22:39 08 May 13
My daughter took piano and voice lessons at Elite and attended their Toronto Music Camp for two summers. She loved her teachers and has passed her RCM exams rather quickly. Her teachers mixed the lessons with classical training and pop music to keep it interesting while still providing a solid music foundation. Their store is warm and welcoming; the owners obviously have a passion for what they do. I also loved how they got the kids performing out in the community and recording their music. Seeing my daughter finally perform on a professional stage made all the back and forth to lessons worth it.
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Frequently Asked Questions

To find the best songwriting teacher, it’s important to consider their experience and qualifications, as well as their teaching style and approach. You can also ask for recommendations from friends and fellow musicians, or research online to find a teacher who matches your needs and goals.
Absolutely! It’s never too late to learn songwriting and unleash your creative potential. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to refine your skills, our songwriting courses cater to all levels and ages, offering a supportive and encouraging environment for everyone to grow and develop their craft.
Yes, we provide our students with a wealth of resources and information to help them pursue a career in songwriting. Our goal is to equip our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed as professional songwriters.
Yes and more! Our pianists perform in local coffee, theatres, and clubs. We’re a performance based music school. Also, check out the open mic night venues along The Danforth.

Contact Information

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March Break Camp Links

March break camp: Click here.

Summer Camp Links

July 8-12

Sax violin spot: Click here
Drum spot: Click here.
Guitar spot: Click here.
Bass guitar spot: Click here.
Piano/Keys spot: Click here.
Singer spot: Click here.


July 15-19

Sax violin spot: Click here
Drum spot: Click here.
Guitar spot: Click here.
Bass guitar spot: Click here.
Piano/Keys spot: Click here.
Singer spot: Click here.

July 22-26

Sax violin spot: Click here
Drum spot: Click here.
Guitar spot: Click here.
Bass guitar spot: Click here.
Piano/Keys spot: Click here.
Singer spot: Click here.

Aug 12-16

Sax violin spot: Click here
Drum spot: Click here.
Guitar spot: Click here.
Bass guitar spot: Click here.
Piano/Keys spot: Click here.
Singer spot: Click here.

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