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CMN Executive Editor and Washington Post Contributing Writer
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“I honestly learned more in this course than I did in all my English and writing classes at college.” 

— Dominique Dungo, recent CMN Music Journalism Course Participant 

This 8-week course is designed for beginning and aspiring music journalists and is based on experiential learning: developing your writing skills and critical voice by practicing them.

You will get published clips that will be evaluated and edited by an instructor with 20+ years of music journalism experience. In the process you will build a digital portfolio and have the opportunity to learn from professionals currently working in the business.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • How to craft a thoughtful, insightful review and develop a strong personal voice
  • How to accurately identify genres and musical elements within recorded music, as well as how to work them into your writing
  • How to draw connections between artists, musical eras and genres, and incorporate them into your writing 
  • The art of writing a successful live review 
  • How to write a sharp, balanced artist profile

WHAT YOU WILL GET:

  • Detailed, personally crafted feedback on your writing, with the goal of developing solid technique and critical voice
  • An author page and digital portfolio that will permanently reside on CMN
  • Exclusive video chats with industry professionals
  • 16 career-related reading assignments and 8 career related video assignments
  • Many more benefits

WHAT YOU WILL DO:

  • Write 16 music pieces including reviews, listicles, profiles and editorials and respond to the instructor’s edits and suggestions
  • Participate in webinars with professionals working in the music industry, including authors, editors, reporters and PR professionals
  • Complete 16 music-related readings and watch eight music-related videos

COST:

$400. A $50 deposit, which is applied to the cost of the course, is required to reserve your place. Enrollment is limited to ensure one-on-one feedback.

Special Offer: Register for the course before Feb. 22, 2020 and get a 10% discount (total cost: $360).
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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: 

Patrick Foster is the Executive Editor of College Media Network, and a journalist with over 20 years of professional experience. He has written about music for the Washington Post, SPIN, Pitchfork, Time Out, and many other outlets. He co-hosted the Dad Rock podcast for USA Today and currently co-hosts the Rockin’ the Suburbs podcast.

Have a specific question about the course? Send the instructor an email.

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