Being a Musician

Being a Musician

Have a musical ear? In this class taught by professional Soul & Gospel singer Liz Vice, you’ll learn what it’s like to be a musician: how melodies are created and formed into demo projects, how to work with producers, how to earn money from playing music publicly, and how to transform your life stories into albums.

Being a Musician
  • Intro | Meet Liz

    Liz Vice is a professional soul, gospel, and R&B singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles. Liz has drawn comparisons to some of the greatest gospel and soul singers of all time, from Aretha Franklin to Mavis Staples. Liz has toured with multiple acts such as Lake Street Dive, received millions of s...

  • School or No School?

    Though her friends have earned music degrees, Liz reveals that she didn’t go to school for music. In fact, there are many different paths to music.

  • Learning to Sing

    While growing up, Liz practiced singing and harmonizing with her favorite artists.

  • Writer's Block

    The creative process is a cycle of innovation and inspiration. When you're inspired, you create, and when you're innovating, you're processing your experiences and finding inspiration.

  • Finding Inspiration

    With all of life's distractions, how do you go about finding time to get inspired? Liz shares how she does it.

  • Taking Chances

    Taking a risk is a part of the creative process; so too is failing.

  • Creative Limitations

    According to Liz, there are no rules to making good music. Think outside the box!

  • Music Production

    When you become a musician, you're opening yourself up to the world. It can be a scary experience, and Liz talks about her own fears and insecurities about stepping into the recording booth for the first time.

  • Producers

    When you become a musician, you're opening yourself up to the world. It can be a scary experience, and Liz talks about her own fears and insecurities about stepping into the recording booth for the first time.

  • My Journey

    Liz tells the story about how she accidentally ended up becoming a musician.

  • The Music Biz

    Some musicians just focus on their instruments and performing, but Liz learned that it's important to learn the business side of the music industry too.

  • Distribution

    Distribution is crucial for increasing your music's visibility and profit. Liz reveals the realities of music distribution.

  • Passion vs. Fear

    Liz is willing to push past her discomfort and fears while pursuing her passion of storytelling and songwriting.

  • It Takes Courage

    Stage fright is real and so many musicians struggle with it. Knowing that she isn't alone in her fears gives Liz courage.

  • Let's Talk Money

    When you're a full-time musician, there are financial risks to be weary of. Liz gives some tips for staying financially on track.

  • John August: Part I

    Liz reacts to a new single by 15-year-old singer-songwriter John August.

  • Performing & Touring

    The excitement of being in front of a live audience is both thrilling and nerve-wracking. Liz finds joy, inspiration, and community while being on tour.

  • Don't Give Up

    You're going to find moments in your career as a musician when you want to quit. Liz experiences it all the time and gives advice on how to keep going.

  • John August: Part II

    Liz talks with young singer-songwriter John August about his own personal experience and process in making music.

  • Hot Tips

    As you begin or continue your own journey of being a musician, remember these final 6 tips from Liz.

  • Final Notes

    Liz gives a final word of encouragement.