How to use music in podcasting

10/29/2022 - 11/05/2022
12:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Online Workshop
Registration Closed

Love music and its power and know you need it to help take your podcast to the next level, but aren’t sure where to start? In this 2 part workshop award-winning composer Nina Perry will guide you through the basic concepts you need to work with music. In the first session you’ll learn the key principles in how to marry music and speech, as well as different approaches to using music to support narrative and to impact your audience. You’ll receive a short homework assignment and during the second session you’ll share it as part of a group critique and receive feedback on your work. You’ll leave class with a firm understanding of how to think about selecting music, how to work with it to enhance your storytelling and how to use music to give your podcast that professional feel. You’ll even get tips on how to collaborate and communicate with musicians effectively so that they whip up just the right magical, musical mood.

Note: Attendees should bring along an example of a podcast (timecode and URL helpful) where they loved the use of music.  It’s ok if you can’t explain why at this stage – you will unpick that during the workshop.

SESSION 1: Saturday, October 29th, 12pm EST – 2:00pm EST
SESSION 2: Saturday, November 5th, 12pm EST – 2pm EST

About Your Instructor

Nina Perry

Award-winning freelance composer Nina Perry has scored music across genres - for dramas, documentaries for film and performance, including the BBC series Tommies, and Outsiders, and the award-winning US podcast The Heist. She’s been writing music professionally since 2002, when she was named BBC Radio Drama composer-in-residence. Nina has produced radio documentaries and podcasts for BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3, BBC World Service, NPR, Radio National (Australia) CBC (Canada) Newstalk (Ireland). Her critically acclaimed narrative work, described as ‘composed features’ marry soundscape, field recording and electroacoustic composition with personal testimony and scored instrumentation. Her work has been variously described as “snowflakes falling gently in your ears" by The Radio Times and “Soaring, surprising and enriching” by the Guardian. Nina has a PhD awarded by Bournemouth University where she is a visiting fellow.

Notes on this Class

CLASSES WILL NOT BE RECORDED AND ARE NOT REFUNDABLE. We are not able to issue a refund if you cancel or do not attend a class. If you are unable to make a class, you are welcome to sell or give away your ticket and email the name of the new attendee to You will receive a Zoom link for the workshop the day before it begins.