Overview

Investigate the cultural, historical and financial sides of music by exploring the worlds of creative fandom and studying how music intersects with society and politics.

This course is offered as part of our NYC Summer Academy. NYC Summer Academy gives intellectually curious high school students the opportunity to live and learn in New York City while studying topics in journalism, media, technology, arts, culture, sports, fashion, business, science and more. Each two-week course draws on the expertise and unrivaled access of The New York Times and encourages students to take their learning beyond the classroom and into the real world. Working with award-winning journalists from The Times and expert practitioners from across the city, students will explore their passions and learn firsthand how ideas take shape, forming the industries of today and the creative enterprises of tomorrow.

Are musical mash-ups innovations or intellectual property theft? How has technology changed the way music is produced and consumed?

Students will ask these questions and more in an introduction to the study of popular music, the business behind it and its role in our culture. Starting with what they already know (the songs they love), they will then investigate the cultural, historical and financial sides of music and the music industry in discussions and readings. Students will learn to go beyond passive pop consumption and become active consumers of pop culture, by exploring the worlds of creative fandom and studying how music intersects with society and politics.

Finally, students will learn firsthand how New York Times journalists cover the intersecting worlds of media, music and technology while sharpening their own critical voices in conversation with insiders from new media outlets and the music industry.

Site Visits:

Site visits will include field trips to locales associated with music production and the industry.

Guest Speakers and Lecturers:

Students will hear firsthand about the inner workings of the music industry from guest speakers who may include record producers, label executives, technology entrepreneurs, and writers and critics at The New York Times and other print publications (as well as new media outlets).

Previous speakers included:

  • Jordan Wolowitz and Tom Russell of Founders Entertainment, creators of Governors Ball
  • Adam Shore, Red Bull Music Academy
  • Steve Rosenthal, The Magic Shop
  • Jungle City Studios
  • Steve Greenberg, S-Curve Records
  • Ilan Zechory, co-founder, Genius.com
  • Music historians and journalists

Who Is This Program For?

This course is for music lovers who want to move beyond the question of what music is “good,” and instead question how and why one song is a hit while another is not. The course is a fit for students who obsess about their favorite bands or who have playlists for every mood. It will provide insights into how markets are shaped, how tastes are formed and how stars are born. The only prerequisites are a love of music and an open mind.

Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of course leaders.

Cost and Session Information

  • PRICE $5,150.00* ($5,750* for residential students)
  • DATES Term 3: July 7 - July 19
  • TYPE Intensive
  • LOCATION New York City

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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