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Toronto Songwriting School provides songwriting instruction for every level of songwriter – from beginners who have never written a song and don’t play an instrument, to experienced songwriters looking to refine their craft, perform live and record their music.
The school is led by Murray Foster, a Juno-nominated songwriter, producer, and performer with songwriting credits on multiple certified gold and platinum recordings. Best known for his role in two legendary Canadian bands, he has a reputation as an insightful collaborator and a patient instructor and mentor to up-and-coming songwriters.
Toronto Songwriting School support songwriters at any level from music beginners to seasoned professionals with small-group songwriting classes, private lessons, school songwriter workshops, songwriting retreats, and songwriter showcase opportunities.
April 28-30, 2017 - Wasaga Beach, ON
Located 90 minutes from Toronto and only 10 minutes from Georgian Bay, our songwriting getaway location is in a beautiful rural area close to the Minesing Wetlands Conservation Area.
June 14-18, 2017 - St. John's, NL
Find songwriting inspiration in beautiful St. John’s, Newfoundland. Getaway includes workshops, guest instructors, sightseeing, and more.
Nov 3-5, 2017 - Orillia, ON
Located in Ontario’s Lake Country, our songwriting getaway location is in a beautiful area 10 mins north of Orilla, ON.
“I’ve been making music and writing songs with Murrman for over a decade and have loved every minute of it. Murray’s got such a broad musical experience from Folk to Jazz to Rock and all the way back again. Doesn’t hurt that he’s an awesome singer and vocal arranger either.”
Alan Doyle, Great Big Sea
“Murray’s tremendous musical versatility and eloquence as a writer has always made him an invaluable creative collaborator and sounding board. His years contributing to countless Canadian projects have resulted in a honed skill for storytelling, developing and deftly refining musical and lyrical ideas in a surprising variety of styles. His depth of musicality is a constant known to everyone who’s had the pleasure of working with him.”
Tory Cassis, 2000 Juno Nominee
“My partner Catherine and I started writing with Murray Foster in August of 2013 without any agenda other than to see if we could come up with a song or two. Immediately, I found Murray to be a laid back and receptive partner, open to suggestion and filled with thoughtful and interesting ideas aimed at making the songs as strong as they could be. To date, we’ve written three songs together that will be featured on our next record.”
Andrew James O’Brien, Fortunate Ones
“I joined Murray Foster’s intermediate songwriting course as a 3-chord wonder. But by the time I finished the course, I had ventured into the scary realm of bar chords and even managed some finger picking. Murray taught me how to take my songs from that initial blast of inspiration to a complete package, something I have long struggled to do.”
Ben Bull, Intermediate Course Student
“This course is what I’ve been searching for for years. Every class is the perfect mix of theory and hands-on experience, right from the very first week. Not only do you benefit from Murray’s wealth of knowledge and experience, but you get to work with other songwriters in the group and learn from their styles as well. I would absolutely recommend this class to anyone looking to build their skills and confidence as a songwriter.”
Shari Archinoff, Intermediate Course student
“Your intro class was truly amazing! If this is what you get out of a 3 hour intro class, I can’t imagine the writing and music chops I’ll walk away with after attending a full class. Murray is not only talented in his own right but can actually teach the craft of songwriting!”
Stephanie Brown, Intro Student
“The Songwriting Getaway Weekend with Murray Foster was an amazing experience. Murray’s insights are practical and intuitive, and I left with a renewed inspiration to build my tool-set and hone my craft. I’ll be the first to sign up for the next weekend, and every one after that.”
Sean Hunt, Getaway Student
“An excellent communicator, Murray Foster has a depth of knowledge about contemporary and classic songwriting as well as popular music in general that is impressive. His use of humour in his teaching has endeared him to his students, who are consistently educated, engaged and entertained.”
Blair Packham, Songwriting Instructor, Seneca College and Humber College, Toronto
“Murray Foster’s teaching skills are exceptional. The amount of information and ideas he is able to convey in a short period of time is unbelievable. In our class, we were able to broaden our songwriting experience by tapping into new avenues of creativity that hadn’t yet been realized. We only wished had more time with Murray and his phenomenal methods. Highly recommended!”
Joy Thompson, Seneca student
“It was a pleasure working with Murray towards the creation of ‘Open Arms’, a song made for the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Center (OICC). It didn’t take Murray long to develop just the right lyrics, tone, and energy for us that was uplifting and authentic to the experience that patients living with cancer can have. I would engage him in the process again in a heartbeat.”