Songwriting 2021

Open to all ages

July 19th – 24th

2pm – 4pm

Learn tips and tools to unlock your creativity taking that spark of an idea all the way to a finished song.  You will learn the components of a powerful chorus, what makes a compelling verse and what the bridge is all about. 
Meet our Program Director…

Christine Baxter

Christine Baxter is a dynamic vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter known for her ability to convey a level of authenticity that reaches into the soul. She has received mention in the international songwriting competition, toured as a backup singer, written and arranged songs for choirs, and released music as a solo artist.

As co-founder of the folk/Latin duo Sweet SantaFe Christine Baxter and Michel Rivero collaborate together to tour, teach and record original music in Spanish and English translating the rawness of emotions into songs that feel familiar and remain memorable after the first listen. They have been interviewed by CBC radio and have been played widely across college radio and were awarded a FACTOR grant in 2020 to create their newest 3 song ep

Check out Sweet Santa Fe’s Youtube channel

Or, jump right into one of their catchiest hits

Whether you are just starting out, or you have a book of songs tucked away in your desk, we invite you to explore your love for words and melody with Christine Baxter, and maybe you can be the next genius behind the world’s next catchiest hit single.

Are you an aspiring songwriter? This week-long intensive program is for you! 

During these daily zoom classes you will meet with other songwriters as we explore rhyme and rhythm in lyrics, ideas to create memorable melodies, and how harmony affects the mood of a song.  By the end of the week, you will have the opportunity to perform one of your creations in our Saturday zoom concert!

Many listeners of pop music don’t realize that there can often be as many as 10 or more songwriters on their favourite song that becomes an important part of their life. These often unknown songwriters are gaining more and more recognition in the music industry as talented writers like Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter have been known to have been the genius behind multiple Top 40 hits that are all dominating airplay at the same time.

Songwriting is a unique process because every moment is different from the next. Sometimes it’s like putting together a puzzle, sometimes it’s like coming up with the next big invention. Either way, you learn a lot about yourself, a lot about how to work with others, and a lot about what makes people tap their toes!

2021 Contemporary Music festival

CYMC will be hosting for the first time, an online Contemporary Music Festival featuring performances and showcases of the students across our 3 brand new programs (Songwriting, Guitar, and Beat Making). 

Students of the Songwriting Intensive with Christine Baxter will have the opportunity to showcase their finished product in a supportive, collaborative setting. Participants will then have a networking opportunity to meet and exchange contact with other talented students in programs for future collaborations.

We are building the next community of songwriters, producers, and top musicians right here at CYMC!

2021 Pricing


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