Investigate the cultural, historical and financial sides of the music industry by exploring the worlds of creative fandom and studying how music intersects with society and politics.
This course is an introduction to the study of popular music and to the contemporary music industry, taking students beyond passive pop consumption to become active consumers of pop culture. Students will learn to apply critical tools to understanding pop songs, and also gain an interpretive framework in understanding how songs are made, are shaped by factors like copyright and technology, and impact society at large.
Starting with what students already know – the songs they love – they will then investigate the cultural, historical and financial sides of music and the music industry through discussions and readings. Participants will also have in-depth discussions with artists and leaders from the business, getting access to today’s music experts few people are able to accomplish. The goal of this course is to help students get started on a lifetime of exploring music as well as help them uncover pathways to working in the music industry.
Summer Academy enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional futures. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.
• The course will teach students to move beyond the question of what music is “good,” to instead question how markets are shaped, how tastes are formed and how stars are born.
• Students will hear firsthand about the inner workings of the music industry from guest speakers in the business.
• Students will learn how to collaborate and write critically about the craft of songwriting and music production by studying samples, musical references and production styles.
• Possible virtual site visits include: Central Park SummerStage, Brooklyn Museum and locales associated with music production and the industry.
• Previous guest speakers include: Dahlia Ambach-Caplin (Record Executive, Verve Music Group), Madison McFerrin (Independent Singer & Songwriter), Jordan Wolowitz and Tom Russell of Founders Entertainment (creators of Governors Ball), Michelle Sullivan (Industry Consultant & Co-Founder, The Manifesto) and Steve Greenberg (S-Curve Records).
Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.
Cost and Session Information
- PRICE $2850
- DATES Term 1: June 7 - June 18; Term 3: July 5 - July 16; Term 4: July 19 - July 30
- TYPE Intensive
*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.