Singing and Songwriting

Toronto Music Alliance is please to offer a two-pronged approach to modern vocal work: Singing and Songwriting.

The Singing program introduces students to proper vocal techniques, breathing, articulation, dynamics and style. Students are encouraged to sing what they enjoy, with direction and input from the teacher to aid progress.

The Songwriting program is an interactive mentorship-style program where students can develop their craft with the guidance and feedback of an Award-winning Canadian songwriter. 

In the sessions, we introduce the many tools available to a songwriter. Budding songwriters are shown how they can use these tools altogether to improve the impact and effect of their writing (such as rhyme is used in support of meaning, as are overall form, meter, and other lyrical and musical devices).

The program begins with the student and instructor going over basic goals and objectives. In the following weeks, students are introduced to basic songwriting forms and lyrical devices. As songwriting concepts are introduced, there are corresponding exercises to be completed by the student to encourage hands-on learning.  By the fifth week, students will be invited to bring in full drafts of lyrics for review and development. 

Style and subject matter are flexible, and the student can direct the focus in either area. However, the way the elements of the song are coming together to make meaning is the songwriter's craft, and transcends genre or subject matter. In this program, we will look at how these elements work together in whatever musical or lyrical style necessary.

The feedback from an experienced songwriter based on shared concepts and principles allows budding writers to write with greater skill and technique at a much quicker pace. Songs become more effective, and can be written for various purposes that may be desired by the student, including artistic purposes, for community events, for commercial use or for catharsis and self-expression.

Would-be songwriters so often begin in isolation, and do not get the much-needed guidance and feedback that students typically receive in other areas of study. This program gives emerging songwriters the chance to truly study and learn the craft of songwriting.


Notes by Joanna Chapman-Smith

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Holidays at ToMA

Toronto Music Alliance is closed for the Holiday Season, with our online lessons resuming on Monday, January 4th.

ToMA Children's Choir Starting September 12!

Our ToMA Online Choir - for children ages 6-12 - is gearing up to start rehearsing on Saturday, September 12. The cost for the choir is $270 per term, with two terms during the school year. Rehearsals run from 10-11 Saturday mornings, and rehearse via Google Meet. Feel free to contact us for the link to our rehearsal room, and join in the musical fun! You can join us starting anytime, even partway through the season (we will made adjustments to the fee for later starts).

To see just a small sample of what they do, click Read More to see one of the videos from our Summer Virtual Choir program.