January Courses for Visiting Students


January 2nd - 19th!
Every winter break, the Clive Davis Institute offers select courses for non-majors in music production and writing/history.  Students from NYU can register for our courses online via ALBERT, and anyone with a high school diploma can apply to become a visiting student!
Click here to see our January schedule! (Simply filter for January)

Fundamentals of Audio Workstations I - With Protools Certification

During this course, students will acquire an in-depth, theoretical and practical knowledge of Digital Audio Workstations using the industry standard Pro Tools software through a weekly, lab-based workshop. Each class will be a combination of lecture and immediate application.  An emphasis will be placed on getting to know Pro Tools, getting inside Pro Tools, creating sessions, working with media in sessions, audio recording, audio editing, file management techniques, MIDI recording, editing techniques, mixing techniques, backups and stereo mix-down.
To enroll, once you have accessed ALBERT find either REMU-UT 1020 or NCRD-UT 8520 for non-credit. There is a lab fee for this course.

Studio Recording for the Modern Producer/Engineer I

In recent years, access to affordable audio recording equipment and software has given rise to a new breed of recording engineer and producer. While embracing new technology, this course challenges students to understand and apply the fundamental principles that form the basis of tried and true recording techniques, and to make informed decisions in each stage of the recording process. Through a series of lessons, hands-on exercises, and recording sessions, students will learn about the propagation of sound, microphone design and implementation, signal flow, basic signal processing, and contemporary recording techniques. Emphasis is placed on critical listening, preparation, class participation, and teamwork.

To enroll, once you have accessed ALBERT find either REMU-UT 1501 or NCRD-UT 8501 for non-credit. There is a lab fee for this course.

A Brief History of Woke Black Music
(Former title: Freedom Jazz Dance) 

This class is held in conjunction with New York's esteemed annual Winter Jazz Festival. Every student enrolled in the class receives free admission to the all the events associated with the Winter Jazzfest Weekend Marathon on January 12 and 13, subject to ticket availability, plus free admission to all the Winter Jazz Festival Talks, yet to be announced, also subject to availability. Ticket value: $175. http://www.winterjazzfest.com/tickets/

Any student interested in music and how it relates to politics, activism and revolutionary change — some of the most significant, essential topics for our turbulent cultural moment — must consider enrolling in this unique J-Term course, taught by iconic journalist, author and musician Greg Tate. This course is a three week expedition into the history of black music as revolutionary force in culture and society—a counterforce to the prevalence of racism as a defining and destructive system of oppression aimed at foremost denying the humanity of African American people. All of the various forms of Black music evolved in resistance to the intended dehumanization of a people by slavery, white supremacy Jim Crow and the prison industrial complex. 

The class will provide a crash course in how spirituals provided a secret code language to aid those escaping bondage via the Underground Railroad, how classic blues provided a means for critical expression and economic independence for Black women, how Delta blues provided a means for deep introspection, physical release and self-invention by people yoked to the neo-slavery and larceny of the sharecropping system, how the various forms of music which grew out of early blues such as swing jazz bebop, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, funk, disco house, hip-hop and techno all aggressively and sonically challenged the systemic silencing and devaluation of the Black American community.

Over the century-long course of this musical rebellion, certain key figures emerged as avatars of radical social change and progress—Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Max Roach, Charles Mingus, Chuck Berry, Aretha Franklin, John and Alice Coltrane, James Brown, Sun Ra, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder,  Earth Wind and Fire, Labelle, Chaka Khan, George Clinton, Grace Jones, Bob Marley, Prince, Kamasi Washington and many others.  All of these artists were in sync with the major political movements of their time, from anti-lynching to Civil Rights to Black Power to Black Lives Matter. All rallied for a more liberated world and raised the spirits and woke-consciousness of their times. We'll look at detailed evidence— textual, visual and musical— of how these artists' devotion to craft, self-making, Black futurity and social justice elevated the popular culture of America into a critical phenomenon with transformative global impact and global respect. 

About the Instructor
Greg Tate is a legendary music and popular culture critic and journalist whose work has appeared in many publications, including the Village Voice, Vibe, Spin, the Wire, and Downbeat. He is the author of Flyboy in the Buttermilk: Essays on Contemporary America and Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and the Black Experience and the editor of Everything but the Burden: What White People Are Taking from Black Culture. Tate, via guitar and baton, also leads the conducted improvisation ensemble Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, who tour internationally.
To enroll, once you have accessed ALBERT find REMU-UT 1161.