Sensational Songwriting: The Art and Craft of Song

With Athena Reich

$125.00 $150.00

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Athena teaches from a place of positivity, generosity and inspiration. Expect passion, connection and fun!

Workshop sessions are online through Zoom videoconference. The teacher is located in Toronto.




Have you always wanted to write songs but were too intimated? Or, are you a professional songwriter longing for accountability and feedback?

Like the Greek Goddess Athena who was born fully formed from her father Zeus’ head, there is a myth that songs come to us in a moment of inspiration. While it’s true that some songs make a magical appearance, for the most part there is a craft to songwriting that few people know about, discuss, or even understand.

How do we know if an idea is solid enough to inspire a song? What’s the difference between a ballad and a 3 minute pop song? What are our choices when it comes to rhyming schemes and how do we maintain a flow when scanning lyrics to melody? How do we write a thrilling pre-chorus and what makes a song have an impact? In this four-week workshop we will transform your ideas into songs;  exploring structure, storytelling techniques, melodic phrasing, harmonic support and verse/chorus/bridge formats. Each week there will be a songwriting assignment, followed by the opportunity to share your work and receive in-depth feedback from your instructor and peers.

Art is usually not created in a void. We need others for inspiration, tool-building and insights. In each session we will learn a new skill, share what we are working on, and gain valuable feedback. Think of this class as part skill-building and part market research. See how others respond to your songs to test if you are getting your message across effectively and powerfully.

Athena teaches from a place of positivity, generosity and inspiration. Expect passion, connection and fun!

Teacher Bio

Athena Reich is an award-winning singer-songwriter, actress and Lady Gaga impersonator. Chatelaine calls her the “World’s Top Lady Gaga Impersonator.” Her original music videos charted #1 on MTV LOGO and her song “Love is Love” won Best Pop Song at the Outmusic Awards. Nominations include Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Humanitarian Songwriter of the Year. She has toured across North America and Europe and shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan, Jim Carrey and Janeane Garofalo. Athena has 5 albums and 3 dance EPs under her belt, and her lyrics are on display at the International Museum for Peace and Solidarity in Uzbekistan. She was commissioned to write poetry for the New York Aquarium by the Wildlife Conservation Society, and her music has also been accepted into the New York Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Centre. She holds a BFA in Music from Concordia University, and deepened her craft through master classes at the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York.


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Other Workshops by Athena Reich

Find Your Voice: A Technical Singing Workshop

Think in Chords, Not Notes: Accompanying Yourself on Piano



Athena was friendly, encouraging, perceptive—obviously a seasoned professional with valuable insight to bear on song structure, etc.”

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Venue: Zoom conference