NYU launches class on singer
Take a deep breath and step through the doors – it’s the morning of your very first day. You’re buzzing, energized by a city where the lights are so bright but never blinding, and follow your friends down the hall to your very first class on one of the world’s most influential singer-songwriters.
No, it’s not an impossible dream. The latest from Taylor Swift includes a new class being offered by New York University (NYU) on the famed Billboard Woman of the Decade herself.
Held at NYU Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, the course focuses on the artistic trajectory of the singer and his impact on the music industry. According to Varietyit will cover Swift’s fearless evolution as a creative music entrepreneur, the legacy of pop and country songwriters who influenced her, discourses on youth and youth, and the politics of race in popular music contemporary.
On top of that, the course will emphasize Swift’s reputation for drawing both acclaim and criticism from listeners. Here, Swifties will learn to “deconstruct both the likes and dislikes of Taylor Swift” through “close readings of her music and public discourse as they relate to her own growth as an artist and celebrity.” Topics such as copyright and ownership – both of which have shaped Swift’s narrative in significant ways – will also be explored.
The course, which launched on January 26, 2022 and will run until March 9, 2022, is taught by Rolling Stone lead writer Brittany Spanos, whose articles regularly encompass music, fandom and pop culture.
“I’ve been covering Taylor Swift since I started my writing career ten years ago and I’ve been a fan of her for even longer,” Spanos, also an NYU alumnus, told Variety. “It’s such an honor to share my Swiftie expertise with a sharp group of students. I hope to help them rethink how to engage with one of the world’s biggest and sometimes divisive stars, from the same way Clive teachers like Jason King, Vivien Goldman and Joe Levy did for me when I took their classes.
for anyone waiting for updates on how taylor class is going, i’ve played dear john more than once and taken too long a tangent on gaga’s vma 2009 performance (i promise I was right)
— brittany spanos (@ohheybrittany) February 3, 2022
According to Variety, Swift herself was asked to speak to the class, though the request is still pending at this time. However, students should not lose hope. The Clive Davis Institute has a history of bringing in some of the hottest names in the music industry, from Pharrell Williams to Alicia Keys. It may well succeed in attracting the likes of Swift – who is widely known for her fan surprise interactions — to its doors.
Taylor Swift news: NYU course explores her impact on music and pop culture
Swift helped shape the terrain of the music industry. As of 2022, she holds 11 Grammys, has sold over 3.34 million albums, and had eight Billboard Number One hits, one of which is a 10-minute song that broke records as a the longest song to ever land the number one spot. Musically, she proved that artists didn’t have to feel constrained by any particular genre when moving from country to pop – while maintaining a dedicated fan base.
Swift’s personal life has been the subject of much debate. From her high-profile feud with Kanye West to her long-running dispute with her former record label, she has been loved and hated by both the public and the industry. Together, Swift’s journey has served to redefine stardom – a feat that has earned her the title of Billboard Woman of the Decade.
THERE IS A NEW TAYLOR SWIFT COURSE AT NYU???? TAYLOR SWIFT IS OFFICIALLY STUDYING AT OMGGGGGG UNIVERSITIES
— Regina 🧣 (@futureofrep) February 2, 2022
That’s why Jason King, chairman of the course, believes such study is more relevant than ever for the next legion of music professionals. “For me, the course was a no-brainer,” King told Variety. “[Spanos] is a fan of Taylor, but also understands how to culturally contextualize her and get students to think more deeply about her and her music through the lens of gender, feminism, race and class, and other categories. linked to identity, and this deeper reflection is what this program is about.
The Clive Davis Institute
The Clive Davis Institute is renowned for its innovation in music. It is home to the first and only program of its kind to offer professional business and artistic training towards a BFA in recorded music. Above all, the institute hopes to provide students with the business, creative and intellectual skills needed to succeed as visionary entrepreneurs in the global music industry.
Composed of performing arts institutethe Maurice Kanbar Institute of Cinema and Televisionand the Emerging Media Institute, Clive Davis is the perfect place for any budding artist. Programs are offered at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with options for high school, summer, and study abroad courses. Students graduate to become music producers, performers, songwriters, editors, music journalists, and more.
The Swift course isn’t the first of its kind. The institute is used to offering classes on top musical artists such as Beyoncé. More than that, Clive Davis students have been trained by such notable names in the industry as Questlove, “Dilla Time” author Dan Charnas, Q-Tip, legendary producer-engineer Bob Power and many more. others.