How to use music in podcasting

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 workshop award-winning composer Nina Perry will guide you through the basic concepts you need to work with music: 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 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.

Bonus: registration comes with a free, three-month license for Hindenburg audio editing software!

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.


"I really loved this workshop and I learned so much just from these two hours. I also really appreciated that there weren't so many people, because it made it feel more intimate. And it gave everyone plenty of opportunities to speak, ask questions and contribute."

"Nina's discussion was freewheeling and wound up passing on so much knowledge and thought provoking guidance conversationally and delightfully."

[I enjoyed most] "..all the examples that helped give context (examples both in Nina's slides/talk & examples from the other class participants from actual podcasts & planned work)"

Notes on this Class

Refund and recording policy: Classes will not be recorded and are non-refundable. We are not able to issue a refund if you cancel or do not attend a class.