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Summer Courses for Visiting Students

SUMMER COURSES

Do something cool with your summer vacation! Non-majors and Visiting students can choose from either participating in our awesome Summer Music Industry Intensive, or taking a selection of our courses a la carte style. 
Click here to see our summer schedule!

MAKE YOUR MARK: BREAKING IN TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY FOR PERFORMERS, PRODUCERS, & SONGWRITERS

It’s arguably become easier than ever for aspiring artists (performers, producers and songwriters included) to create original music and get it distributed to the public. That’s due to the increasing accessibility of recording hardware/software (like GarageBand and Logic) and the rise of digital distribution services like Tunecore, as well as streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify.

But if it’s become easier for artists to make music and distribute it without the need of a record label contract, why don’t more independent artists find immediate success—or even long-lasting success? Here’s one reason: What all artists need to achieve substantial success is the time to develop their sound and image and to connect with an audience in a genuine and meaningful way. Artists also need to craft and pursue an effective business strategy that will allow them to gain visibility in the midst of considerable traffic from their peers and competitors. The open secret behind many of today’s most successful artists – from Beyoncé to Justin Timberlake to Taylor Swift, to name a few – is that each benefited from years of label-funded artist development and A&R (artists and repertoire) that afforded them that time and that ability to connect with their audiences. Those artists also happen to be supported by deeply experienced business teams that help them behind the scenes, and plan and strategize their successful moves. These days, Artist Development has become the missing link, the process that every artist needs to achieve long-lasting success, even as it has become one of the hardest and most exclusive processes to find in an increasingly divided industry.

Over three weeks at the Institute’s facility in New York City, The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music will exclusively open up its doors to put aspiring producers, songwriters and performers through a special DIY (do it yourself) Artist Development process. Through classroom instruction and creative assignments, participants will receive the information to hone or develop the kinds of skills they’ll need to either break into, or move up, in a fast-paced, exciting and constantly changing music industry. Participants in Make Your Mark will not only be immersed in the heart of the pulsating NYC music industry, but they’ll also get plenty of exposure to Recorded Music’s distinguished faculty and to special guests culled from the music industry. Students will participate in 1 on 1 listening sessions with individualized feedback.  Participants will register in this required Artist Development, A&R and personal branding course in tandem with custom crafted elective classes to help aspiring songwriters, producers and performers improve their material, their techniques, and their craft.

Participants of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, can expect to leave Make Your Mark with a much clearer sense of how to pursue success and break into the music industry than when they arrived. 

About the Summer Music Industry Intensive

The Summer Music Industry Intensive revolves around our flagship course: Make Your Mark: Breaking in to the Music Industry for Performers, Producers, & Songwriters (2 credits
). All students taking part in the Intensive must register for this course.

This course is divided between hands-on workshops with distinguished Clive Davis Institute faculty as well as music industry panels and networking opportunities comprised of known innovators and visionaries on a diverse range of topics.

As part of the Intensive, each student must also register for a minimum of 4 additional credits which can be in the areas of music production, musicianship & performance, and/or songwriting, depending on area of focous and interest.

This Intensive is NOT open to high school students. High school students should apply to our Summer High School Program.

View a full list of courses on the NYU Albert portal.

What courses should you take?

Depending upon your focus and what you’re looking for, enrollment in the following courses is suggested:

-Are you interested in learning how to work in a state-of-the-art recording studio or how to use virtual production software like Ableton, Protools, or Logic Pro? 

  1. REMU-UT 1707 Make Your Mark: Breaking in to the Music Industry for Performers, Producers, & Songwriters (2 credits)
  2. REMU-UT 1020 Fundamentals of Audio Workstations I (2 credits) -OR- REMU-UT 1040 Studio Recording for the Modern Producer/Engineer I (3 credits)
  3. PLUS any Recorded Music elective of your choice if necessary (~2 credits)

-Are you interested in learning how to write, co-write, and analyze songs in order to establish and engage your own unique songwriting voice? 

  1. REMU-UT 1707 Make Your Mark: Breaking in to the Music Industry for Performers, Producers, & Songwriters (2 credits)
  2. REMU-UT 1094 Songwriting Intensive: Writing the Hit Song (2 credits)
  3. PLUS any 2-credit Recorded Music elective of your choice (2 credits)

-Are you interested in learning the essential elements of preparation, presence, song choice, and movement, to gain the tools necessary to prepare and effectively deliver your voice in a small- to medium-sized venue?

  1. REMU-UT 1707 Make Your Mark: Breaking in to the Music Industry for Performers, Producers, & Songwriters (2 credits)
  2. REMU-UT 1309 Song Performance Intensive: Preparation, Presence, & the Artist Identity (2 credits)
  3. PLUS any 2-credit Recorded Music elective of your choice (2 credits)

-Are you interested in learning about the business of music?

  1. REMU-UT 1707 Make Your Mark: Breaking in to the Music Industry for Performers, Producers, & Songwriters (2 credits)
  2. REMU-UT 1250 Branding: Sponsorships, Endorsements, Cross-Promotion, & Beyond 4 credits
  3. PLUS any Recorded Music elective of your choice if necessary

Click here for our full list of courses.

Application Process

To enroll in the Summer Music Industry Intensive, you must first apply via the Summer in NYC Visiting Student Application. International students must apply before March 15.  

Note: processing time for visiting student applications is approximately 1-2 weeks. Once you have been processed as a visiting student in the NYU registration system, you will be able to register for your selected Clive Davis Institute Intensive courses beginning in February.

Tuition & Fees

Visit the Tuition and Fees page to see a breakdown of all costs associated with the Summer Music Industry Intensive.

Please note that we also have non-credit versions of most courses. The costs for those courses are displayed in NYU's Enrollment system (Albert).

WHAT FORMER STUDENTS HAVE SAID

"Honestly an incredible learning experience. THANK YOU SO MUCH!"

"I never once was bored or thought 'Oh, I've already learned this.' Everything said was taught in a new perspective."

"All I learned about music production/recording was super valuable and I can apply it to all of my own stuff."

"I learned so much more about the actual business than I thought. The panels were so valuable and advice was so applicable to more than just the music industry."

"Everything was so meaningful. Everything was covered well. I learned so much. It's a pivotal moment in my life taking this course."

"THESE THREE WEEKS WERE AWESOME!"