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January Courses for Visiting Students


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!

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.

Freedom Jazz Dance: A Primer in Black Liberation Music vs. Racial Injustice

“Jazz,” Stanley Crouch ​writes, “predicted the civil rights movement more than any other art in America.” No one genuinely interested in contemporary music – ranging from recent classic albums by Kendrick Lamar to David Bowie - can underestimate the enduring relevance of jazz. This special course looks at the history, culture and politics and black activism that formed in and around jazz music through the 20th century and into the 21st century. The class doubles a history and politics course, as we take a closer look at America during the turbulent 19th century, civil rights and anti-colonial struggle. Students will get an education reading the works of writers and theorists like Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Manning Marable, Tayor Branch, Eric Lott, Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Imani Perry, Steven Thrasher and more. Among the artists we’ll look at: Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Nina Simone, Sun Ra, Archie Shepp, Randy Weston, Wadada Leo Smith, Antoinette Montague, Vijay Iyer, Terrace Martin, Kendrick Lamar and many others. We’ll engage with theory and the history of politics and activism and black liberation struggles (such as Marcus Garvey, Frantz Fanon, Eduoard Glissant, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Paul Gilroy, Fred Moten). We pay particular attention to the confluence of race, gender, sexuality, class, and nation as it pertains to black liberation music and the persistence of racism and subjugation in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

The second week of the class is held in collaboration with The Winter Jazzfest, a multi-day New York music and culture festival that has developed a reputation as a hotbed of cultural discovery, presenting new and exciting sounds and scenes throughout New York.  Praised by New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR and others, the festival continues to grow as a dynamic rate, from its original one-day single-location program, to a 2017 itinerary that spanned 14 stages over six nights, in Downtown Manhattan and beyond, featuring over 700 artists, and more than 150 groups. Students enrolled in the class will have access to Winter Jazzfest Talks, a series of panel discussions and artist interviews exploring the festival’s themes and including its featured artists as well as noted journalists and scholars. Students will be able to attend talks on music and social activism for free, and class assignments will be connected to the Winter Jazzfest lineup. 
To enroll, once you have accessed ALBERT find REMU-UT 1161.