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From the creators of My Music Masterclass: A podcast adventure to help guide and navigate your musical life and career.

From the creators of My Music Masterclass: A podcast adventure to help guide and navigate your musical life and career.


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From the creators of My Music Masterclass: A podcast adventure to help guide and navigate your musical life and career.




Career in Crisis

The spread of COVID-19 is affecting us all mentally, physically and financially. Musicians have been hit hard with the reality that traditional means of earning a living are not currently possible. We have to adapt, weather this storm and emerge with new tools and a strong plan for the future. So, how can you make money in a quarantined society? What should you do with this time in isolation? Join Adam Small and Jake Moses from My Music Masterclass as they discuss how to deal with a...


A Chat With Bruce Forman

Bruce Forman is an acclaimed jazz guitarist, solo artist, producer, arranger and educator (currently in residence at USC’s Studio/Jazz Guitar Department). He is also the co-host of the popular podcast Guitar Wank along with Scott Henderson. Bruce has filmed 9 videos for My Music Masterclass, he is an excellent teacher and super cool guy! He is also an entrepreneur with some great concepts about how musicians can move the music and their careers forward. This is is really fun and informative...


A Chat With Jae Deal

Award-winning composer, music producer and orchestrator Jae Deal has worked with Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Diddy, Ne-Yo, Wynton Marsalis, Elton John, Jill Scott, Diane Warren, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and many more. He is currently a professor in the music technology department at the USC Thornton School of Music. We've known Jae for a while and he's made 3 super badass videos for (with more on the way). He's a great guy with tons of experience,...


Motivation is 2020

Put your music career back on track, find your inspiration and get to the next level! Are you having problems getting or staying motivated? Do you feel stagnant with your playing and/or music career? Are there external responsibilities or pressures that are inhibiting your creativity and limiting the time you can dedicate to your craft? Life is often difficult and the music business can be draining, but it's important to stay focused and keep chipping away at your goals. If you want to make...


A Chat With Cliff Almond

Acclaimed drummer Cliff Almond has played with a who's who of artists such as Michel Camilo, Wayne Krantz, Michael Brecker, Terrance Blanchard, Mike Stern, Chris Potter, Trey Anastasio, John Patitucci, Clark Terry, Tito Puente, Alex Acuna, Paquito D'Rivera, Tom Scott, Manhattan Transfer & many more. After a recent shoot for on mind-bending drum exercises, Cliff sat down with us and talked about the music business, promotion, staying relevant, being a successful sideman...


50% of Music is 100% Mental

The mind is a powerful thing and if you want to take your career to the next level, you'll need to get your head together! Do you sound better in the practice room than you do on stage or in the studio? Do you feel anxious about certain musical situations or depressed that you haven't achieved your desired level of success? Are you jealous of accomplished musicians or angry that you've been passed by? There are many reasons artists get "blocked" and you must clear they way if you want to...


A Chat With Miles Okazaki

Renowned jazz guitarist Miles Okazaki gives his take on staying musically fresh, gigging in the scene, finding motivation, promotion and more! After a recent shoot for on applying the music of Thelonious Monk to guitar, Miles Okazaki sat down with us for an inspiring interview. Miles talks about how he broke into the music scene and he gives insight into how he approaches his career, life and music. This podcast episode offers a unique glimpse into the mind of a...


Networking in the Music Business, Without Being Annoying

So, you want to break into the scene, get more gigs and advance your music career? HINT: Be a friend, not a used car salesman (or saleswoman of course). The word "networking" often gets a bad connotation because most musicians simply go about it in the wrong way. The music business (and every music scene) is connected by relationships. These relationships include real people with real human traits and nobody likes pushy sales tactics. Join Adam Small and Jake Moses from My Music Masterclass...


Congrats on Your Music Degree. Now What?

You just received a shiny new music degree, Yay! Now it's time to get to work... One thing is for sure, there are no job listing boards or guaranteed gigs in this business. It’s up to you to carve your pathway into the music scene and become a fixture in this industry. The good news is, we have a special podcast episode to help point you in the right direction. Join Adam Small and Jake Moses from My Music Masterclass as they discuss the steps to take after music school in order to make the...


Your Music Career Starts Here!

In this maiden voyage episode, join Adam Small and Jake Moses from My Music Masterclass as they discuss their journey, the formation of their music education platform and how this unique podcast can help musicians further their careers. What's The Story? Adam Small is a professional bassist, TV/film composer, producer, music consultant and industry lecturer with 20+ years of experience in the music business. In 2012 while rehearsing for a session at SIR in Hollywood, Adam met Jake Moses, a...