MUSIC GENRES & REFERENCE ARTISTS

Before you start your next song, know your genre and get a jump start on success!

"Your Music Genres and Reference Artists course is excellent!! A real eye opener!" - Dan Griffith, Songwriter, Recording Engineer, Grammy voting member

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MUSIC GENRES & REFERENCE ARTISTS course

What happens with genres and songwriters often goes like this: The song is written, melody, lyrics, and chords are done. The track is recorded and THEN the songwriter starts to think about what genre it’s in so they can start pitching.

If that's you, you're not alone. But what you might not realize is at this point, it’s too late to ask that question. Every decision you make while you write and record your song is influenced by the genre it’s in. You need to choose the genre first!

Six reasons to know your genre before you start writing

1. IT CAN KEEP YOUR SONGS FOCUSED AND HELP YOU FINISH THEM FASTER.

2. IT CAN MAKE YOUR INDUSTRY PITCHES SMARTER & MORE SUCCESSFUL.

3. IT CAN INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF MAKING MONEY WITH YOUR MUSIC.

4. IF YOU’RE AN ARTIST OR BAND, IT WILL TELL YOU WHERE YOUR FAN BASE IS.

5. IT CAN HELP YOU FIND CO-WRITERS WHO ARE A GOOD MATCH.

6. YOU'LL BE ABLE TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THAT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY ALWAYS ASKS: "WHAT KIND OF SONGS DO YOU WRITE?" AND "WHO DO YOU SOUND LIKE?"

This course will walk you through the ins and outs and ups and downs of mainstream and indie genres. You'll learn how to find reference artists and genres for your own work before you begin writing.


“I just got another song placement on a hit TV series. So grateful for your help in learning how to craft a Dance/Pop song!” — Kristin Engineer (owner, MotoGirl Music)

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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course—you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I'm not happy with the course? Can I get a refund?
You can get a refund up to 30 days from the date of your purchase.

Your Instructor


Robin Frederick
Robin Frederick

Robin Frederick is the author of five top-selling songwriting books, including Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting and Shortcuts to Songwriting for Film & TV. She has reached millions of aspiring writers through her highly-rated songwriting websites, MySongCoach.com and RobinFrederick.com, and her Songwriting 101 video series on YouTube.

Robin has written and produced hundreds of songs for television, records, films, theater, and audio products. Her songs have aired on the Disney Channel, PBS, and ABC television shows, among many others. She is a former Director of A&R for Rhino Records and executive producer of over 60 albums.

As an in-demand panelist and lecturer, Robin has given workshops at Musicians Institute, UCLA, USC, and more. She has mentored dozens of top music industry veterans, helping them communicate their knowledge of music and the music business to songwriters and recording artists.

Known for her real-world, often humorous take on the music industry and her ability to organize information into valuable, easy-to-apply lessons, Robin will show you how to aim for success while remaining true to yourself and writing your absolute best lyrics and songs.