Music supervision is where the worlds of music and visual media harmonize — in a very powerful way. But this unique field can feel daunting, with no clear path to break into it.

This is your opportunity to learn to be a music supervisor, and launch a career selecting and synch licensing songs for TV, film, advertising, branding, video games, streaming content and more. The “Music Supervision 101” online course was created by the authors of the definitive textbook on the topic, “Music Supervision: The Complete Guide to Selecting Music for Movies, TV, Games & New Media”.

The course represents a wealth of information, with 11 comprehensive units each providing an hour+ of exclusive video delving into every topic in dynamic detail. Go beyond the book with deeper insights and projects, plus discussions that connect you to your community of aspiring music supervisors and synch-savvy artists — and unlock the magic of music and media that’s essential to the fast-expanding world of content creation.


Kick off a Unique Career

Do you want to be the person who picks that perfect song for a film scene?

Or make an unknown artist a global sensation by placing their song in a commercial or viral video? It takes more than a great ear and deep playlist to become a successful music supervisor.

Course creators and “Music Supervision” textbook authors Ramsay Adams, David Hnatiuk, and David Weiss explain the science and psychology behind pairing music to visuals, and how to put it to work — so you can close in on the perfect tracks for a project faster. In addition, they’ll clue you in to the tools and platforms the pros use to discover new music, stay organized, and maintain an advantage in this competitive field.

Who Are You Working With?

Music supervision requires specific people skills.

“How to be a Music Supervisor, or Get Heard by One” explains how to navigate the maze of relationships that must be mastered for a song to make it onto the screen — 100% legally licensed and on budget.

Think the music supervisor has final say over what track plays out in a national ad campaign? Think again! Plus, learn who the music supervisor’s real best friend is on a production, and much more.

Master the Music Styles

A tasteful ear is just the beginning for a music supervisor

We’ll tell you the research and relationships needed to extend your knowledge far beyond your musical “comfort zone”, and deliver what the project requires — no matter what the genre. From there, learn how to assemble a winning playlist that keeps your client on course.

Conquer Cue Sheets, Licensing Lingo, and the Legalese

This field isn’t all glitz and glamor

Music supervisors have a huge responsibility to ensure that artists, labels, and publishers get paid for the music they provide. Synch licenses are complex mechanisms that must be executed perfectly to avoid legal problems for your production. Learn how to steer clear of time-sucking logistical nightmares and reputation-killing scenarios.

Get the Job!

Content creation is exploding, globally

Beyond the traditional TV networks, film studios, and advertising agencies, newer players like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Facebook, YouTube and many more are fueling a multi-billion-dollar boom in production. All of this new content requires skilled music supervisors to license music properly, so it can stand out from the crowd.

Discover how to jump-start your career. You can build a music supervision reel even before you’re hired for your first project — we’ll tell you how. Plus, find out the growth sectors within the field of music supervision, and how you can bring a startup mentality to developing new business ideas in a field ripe for innovation.

Artists — Get Your Music Placed

This course isn’t just for music supervisors

Synch licensing placements are an increasingly important revenue stream for bands, singer-songwriters, beatmakers, indie publishers and indie labels. This course is designed to teach musicmakers how to work successfully with music supervisors to increase their chances of getting their music selected. Learn the best way to make first contact, and what an experienced music supervisor is looking for from an artist beyond the music.

Ready to dive into the dynamic world of music supervision?

If you’re looking for an exhilarating career that converges the worlds of music and visual media like nothing else, “How to be a Music Supervisor, or Get Heard by One” will put you on the fast track. For artists looking to diversify their revenue streams and reach a wider audience with synch placements, this course will give you a big boost.

  • Discover the world of music supervision and how it really works
  • Explore the relationship networks that make synch placements go smoothly
  • Expand your musical universe to be ready for a wide range of genre needs
  • Understand the essentials of cue sheets, licensing, and legal responsibilities
  • Build a portfolio so you can start music supervising ASAP
  • Artists, give your music tracks a better chance of getting placed by music supervisors

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Frequently Asked Questions


This comprehensive online course was created by Ramsay Adams, Dave Hnatiuk, and David Weiss, authors of the leading textbook on synch licensing, “Music Supervision: The Complete Guide to Selecting Music for Movies, TV, Games & New Media" (Second Edition 2017, Music Sales).

Ramsay Adams (right) has extensive experience in branding the look and sound of television, print and new media, from TV shows, film, web design and advertising. At Fox News Channel he was a graphic designer, 3D animator, eventually taking the role of Music Director for all programming. Prior to his television experience, Adams worked as a music manager with an A-list clientele that included Richie Sambora and The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He has worked with James Taylor and Leonardo DiCaprio on environmental campaigns and helped DiCaprio on the Millennium Earth Day celebration. Adams founded Catskill Mountainkeeper in 2006, and in 2014 he became the Executive Director of Water Defense, a nonprofit founded by Mark Ruffalo. In 2015, he executive produced the award winning documentary “Catskill Park” featuring Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Theodore Roosevelt IV, Debra Winger and James Prosek and he continues to work on film and tv projects that further the betterment of humankind.

Dave Hnatiuk (center) is a music for media composer/producer, music supervisor, sound engineer, and voice over artist/producer. He is a former staff music supervisor at ABC Disney as well as music director and founder of the music department at the #1 rated Fox News Channel. Now a 17 year veteran at Viacom, he performs a multitude of services including Music Supervision, voice over performance and production, original composition, and sound engineering. As one of the three current and founding members of the first ever in-house original music production entity at Viacom, Dave and his EarShock team are busy composing original music for MTV and VH1’s full slate of shows including a 2018 remake of the classic MTV MoonMan guitar theme and the original theme for Season 1 of MTV’s “Floribama Shore” and a remake of Lynryd Skynyrd’s mega-hit “Sweet Home Alabama” for the show’s second season. Dave’s music supervision work has been featured in several features and documentaries for Sony Classix, New Line Cinema, Weinstein Company among others.

David Weiss (left) is the Founder/Editor of SonicScoop, the leading online news source reporting on the NYC and LA-area music, sound and recording industries. An internationally published journalist, Weiss has been covering audio production for Audio Media and Mix magazine since 1999. His work has appeared regularly in publications such as Drum!, Time Out New York, Remix and numerous other print outlets on music and technology.

“How to Be a Music Supervisor, or Get Heard by One” is hosted by MusicFirst, a proven online learning platform developed specifically for music education. All you need is Web access — experience everything from your computer or mobile device.

The book is not required, but it is highly recommended to supplement the lessons. You can purchase the 2nd edition of “Music Supervision” (Music Sales, 2017) here for Kindle, and get the paperback for a discounted price here.

“How to Be a Music Supervisor, or Get Heard by One: Learn the Business of Synch Licensing Music to Movies, TV, Commercials, Video Games and New Media.” is the ONLY online course from the creators of the definitive textbook on the topic of music licensing for visual media. We’re confident this course will vastly expand your understanding of music supervision, but if you’re not satisfied for any reason simply contact us within 10 days of your purchase for a full refund.

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