In Tune Monthly is a magazine written for teen-aged music students. Although 12- to 18-year-olds are In Tune’s principal target audience, the magazine’s readership reaches into college age and is widely read by middle school, high school, and college-level music teachers. This “young musician’s textbook” goes deeper than fan magazines to bring you the “how” and “why” behind all areas of the music business.
Published in eight monthly issues from October through May, In Tune comes in two versions: the Student Edition and the Teacher’s Edition. The latter is mostly identical to the student version, but includes a supplementary “wrap” around the main magazine that offers further resources relating to stories in the Student Edition, as well as monthly quizzes and other materials designed to help in teaching with In Tune.
The magazine’s website, intunemonthly.com, provides content that supports, but does not duplicate, the stories in each printed issue. This includes text, video, and audio—most notably the In Tune Listening List monthly podcast, which presents a collection of recommended songs covering a wide range of genres.
In Tune was founded in 2003 by veteran Billboard, Forbes and Business Week publishing executive Irwin Kornfeld; former Musician, EQ and Gig magazines publisher Angelo Biasi; and GRAMMY-winning music producer Will Edwards. The founding editor was industry veteran Rich Maloof (Guitar for the Practicing Musician), but Emile Menasché took over soon after and remained in the editor’s chair for nearly 13 years, replaced by Mac Randall in 2016.
The first issue of In Tune featured Norah Jones on the cover, a story on overcoming stage fright, a glossary of musical terms, a breaking story on then-newcomer Joss Stone, an explanation of how a microphone works, and a photo essay about Yo-Yo Ma’s cello. This varied mix of stories set the template for the magazine, which regularly offers coverage of rock, jazz, R&B, country, classical, folk, world, experimental, and film music.
Go here to read a sample issue of In Tune Monthly.