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The Music Journalism Course

An 8-week learning experience that will combine your writing skills with your passion for music. It’s the music writing course you wished your college offered.  After eight weeks, you will have all the knowledge you need to start getting paid to write about music, it’s that simple.

If you obsess over singers and bands, and are one of those people who make a playlist for every occasion, you’re among friends in this program.

You will get a minimum of 16 bylines in multiple styles of music writing —  all of which will be aggressively edited —  and be a part of seven exclusive video chats with professionals in the field. You will learn why live show reviews and album reviews do and do not work, and how to actually write a good one. 

You will have a dedicated author page where all of your work will be permanently displayed in one place, receive an official certificate from CMN, and have the opportunity to write and publish on CMN for as long as you wish. 

The CMN staff will also work with you find paid writing gigs, internships in the music business, and professional opportunities as long as you want to be a part of our team. It’s basically a long-term membership to a gym that keeps your music journalism career in shape. 

Each week, there will be a one-hour video interview/Q&A (with chances to network with the guests), required reading, viewing or listening that relates to the weekly theme, as well as an exclusive history of eight key moments in music criticism history.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • How to craft memorable reviews of records and live concerts
  • The do’s and dont’s of interviewing musicians
  • How to successfully pitch a story to established music publications
  • How to successfully request promotional material
  • How to line up interviews with musicians
  • Best practices for getting on guest lists
  • The basics of music podcasting
  • The eight key moments in the history of rock criticism and why they matter to today’s music journalists
  • How to take your critical writing to the next level

WHAT YOU WILL GET:

  • Detailed feedback on each piece will be provided by CMN editors, with the explicit goal of improving and developing insight and critical voice
  • A minimum of 16 bylines on CMN
  • The opportunity to write and publish on CMN for as long as you would like
  • Support and networking help from CMN staff to help you get hired and break into the industry
  • An author page and complete article archive that will permanently reside on CMN
  • Official CMN Certificate of course completion

WHAT YOU WILL DO: 

  • Write two pieces per week to be published on CMN
  • Participate in a weekly webinar/video chat with someone currently working in the music industry (music writers, editors, publicists, label owners, music publishing companies)
  • Collaborate with other students on a weekly streaming playlist for publication on CMN
  • Write a long form, in-depth piece on a music topic of your choice.
  • Have a chance to appear on a national music podcast

SESSION:

January 14 – March 8, 2019

COST:

$500 per session (read about payment options). A $50 deposit, which is applied to the cost of the course, is required to reserve your place.

COLLEGE CREDIT:

If you are enrolled in a college or university and can get academic credit for this course, the CMN team will work with you to complete the required paperwork and evaluations (read about college credit).

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. He once went to 172 concerts in one year.

Do you have specific questions about the course? Send the instructor an email.


 

REGISTER FOR THE CMN MUSIC JOURNALISM COURSE