How to use music in podcasts

12:00pm-2:00pm EST
Online Workshop
Registration Closed

Scoring, or the art of selecting and placing music into a podcast, is high stakes stuff. At its best, it can lend style, set pacing, and elevate work to its peak. At its worst, scoring can distract, confuse, and grind an otherwise strong story to a halt. It can feel challenging and even scary for beginners but, with a little knowledge and technique, scoring not only becomes surmountable, it can even be a whole lot of fun.

In this workshop, producer Benjamin Frisch walks you through the basics of the craft, art, and philosophy of scoring. You’ll go from conceptualization, to picking good tunes, and effectively implementing them with finesse and a few tips and tricks. Through presentations and live demonstrations, you’ll learn practical ways to use music to pace and punctuate your work effectively, techniques and effects to modify music to lend it a sense of space and place, and also learn to think about music as a meaning-making part of your editorial process. Benjamin will also discuss licenses and the landscape of music libraries. After the class you’ll come away with new ways of thinking about scoring, to make your stories sing.

Who's this class for?

This class is open to all skill levels, but basic DAW skills are recommended. This workshop is oriented towards scoring non-fiction work, but elements may apply to fiction as well.

About Your Instructor

Benjamin Frisch

Benjamin Frisch is a producer and artist from Williamsburg, Virginia. The co-creator of Slate’s Decoder Ring podcast, he’s produced dozens of audio documentaries on subjects as diverse as the Segway personal scooter, orgasmic meditation, illegal abortion in Brazil, and bad Tasmanian Devil tattoos, for which he won a Writer’s Guild Award in 2022. Most recently he was a senior producer on Prologue Project’s Think Twice: Michael Jackson, on the pop singer’s unsettled legacy, and his audio work has appeared on Love+Radio, Un-Fictional, and Out on The Wire, among others.

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. 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.