Tisch Summer High School Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music

Challenge yourself to define the music industry of tomorrow.

Receive specialized training in music business entrepreneurship alongside direct instruction on the latest studio hardware to create and distribute commercially successful recordings.  This unique educational experience will immerse you in the heart of the music industry.



Program Overview

The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music is the first of its kind to provide professional business and artistic training toward a B.F.A degree for aspiring creative entrepreneurs in the music industry.

During the four-week program summer program for high school students, you become entrepreneurs-in-training by studying how music is recorded, produced, and distributed to consumers. To complement the technical training based in the department’s audio workstation lab and world-class Dennis Riese Family Recording Studio, you will also learn how music companies are conceptualized, created, and grown as well as how new technologies are changing the way we hear music. Exposure to a wide range of current practices, as well as to those executives and artists changing the rules in the new digital era, are core components of this instruction.

Outside of class, excursions to recording facilities, music venues, record labels, festivals and more will immerse you in New York City – the hub of the global music industry. Master-class lectures by known innovators and visionaries on topics such as touring, artist management and digital media will be offered exclusively to participants of this program.

Ultimately, the summer high school program will have a strong focus on educating students on how to be responsible and informed makers, consumers, and distributors of popular music. 

Note: The Tisch Summer High School Program is not a leisure camp. While the average program runs daily, Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm, including academic classes, professional training, and/or studio and production time, students will often be just as busy in the evenings and weekends which also include curricular events and opportunities to work individually or collaborate with peers on assigned projects.

“Going to the program, working with my professor, and being surrounded by people as passionate and hard working as myself really solidified my choice to go into the music industry. It not only helped me be confident in it, but also gave me a direction in which to start pursuing my spot in the music industry. It really did change my life.”   —  Julia Rich

Core Curriculum 

Students take the following courses for a combined total of 6 units.

(Within New York University, 6 units count towards elective credit in the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at Tisch School of the Arts.)    


Fundamentals of Music Production

REMU-UT 0500 | 2 units

Students will acquire an in-depth, theoretical and practical knowledge of Digital Audio Workstations through this lab-based workshop. An emphasis will be made on file management, and system configurations. Students will then start using Pro Tools and Logic Pro, learning the operating modes and tools, gain structure and multi-tracking techniques, using overdubs to build an arrangement. The class will round out with techniques for editing and "comping," consolidating tracks and preparing the files for the mix session.

Foundations of Music Business

REMU-UT 0501 | 2 units

This course provides a general overview of the different segments of the music industry.  Topics include: key players and their roles in generating revenue streams; common creative, business and legal problems that arise in, and range of business transactions that govern, the day to day operation of different business ventures in the industry; record label operations, marketing, promotion, music publishing, touring, new business models and career opportunities.

Arts & Culture of New York City

REMU-UT 0502 | 2 units

As a companion course to both REMU-UT 0500 Fundamentals of Music Production and REMU-UT 0501 Foundations of Music Business in Recorded Music's Summer High School Program, this course is designed to introduce students to various topics and issues that define the art and culture of the music industry today. By engaging in hands-on activities, field trips around New York City, workshops, seminars, and first-hand conversations with leading industry professionals, students will enrich their understanding and perspectives about the music industry and how it propels New York City's cultural life.

Sample Schedule for the Summer High School Recorded Music Program

Classes take place Monday to Friday. Each weekend includes studio and lab time for final projects

This sample schedule is based on previous summers to give prospective students an understanding of the highly structured and rigorous training offered in the Tisch Summer High School Recorded Music Program. This sample schedule is an overview of one of the four weeks in the program. Students accepted and confirmed for the program will be given their actual schedule on orientation day.

10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Music Business Class
12:15-1:40 p.m. Lunch
1:40-4:00 p.m. Arts & Culture Class
4-6:00 p.m. Break
6-9:00 p.m. Jam Time
11 p.m. Curfew

Tuesday (Group A/Group B)
9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. Group B - Field Trip
12-2:20 pm. Group B Lunch
2:20-4:30 p.m. Group B Music Production Class

10:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Group A Music Production Class
12:30-1:45 p.m. Group A Lunch
1:45-4:45 p.m. Group A Songwriting Workshop

6:00-8:00 p.m. Post dinner chat
11 p.m. Curfew

10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Music Business Class
12:15-1:40 p.m. Lunch
1:40-4:00 p.m. Arts & Culture Class
4-6:00 p.m. Break
6-10:00 p.m. Concert/Broadway Show
11 p.m. Curfew

Thursday (Group A/Group B)
9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. Group A Field Trip
12-2:20 p.m. Group A Lunch
2:20-4:30 p.m. Group A Music Production Class

10:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Group B Music Production Class
12:30-1:45 p.m. Group B Lunch
1:45-4:45 p.m. Group B Songwriting Workshop

6:00-9:00 p.m. Jam Time
11 p.m. Curfew

10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Music Business Class
12:15-1:40 p.m. Lunch
1:40-4:00 p.m. Arts & Culture Class
Free evening
Midnight Curfew

Group Studio Sessions
1:45-5:00 p.m.
Group Studio Sessions
6:30-9:45 p.m.

Group Studio Sessions
1:45-5:00 p.m.
Group Studio Sessions
6:30-9:45 p.m.



Program Dates

Summer 2020

Sunday, July 12 - Saturday, August 8, 2020

Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.


Open to high school sophomores and juniors.

  • Online application fee: $75

Summer 2020 Application Deadline: EXTENDED to Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 5:00 PM ET

Please read through the Admissions for High School Program page.

Tuition and Fees

Summer 2020

Total Program Cost: $12,368

Breakdown of costs:

  • Tuition for 6 units (credits): $8,958

Additional Fees Include:

  • Registration and Services Fee: $848
  • Program Fee (activities facilitated by Residential Life & Housing): $160
  • Housing for 4 weeks: $1,116
  • 10 meals a week for 4 weeks: $680*

*As this is a residential program, students are automatically enrolled in the 10 meals a week plan for the length of the program. Students have the option of increasing their meal plan if they wish.

Program Specific Fees:

  • Recorded Music Lab Fee: $292
  • Recorded Music Ticket Fee: $314

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.


Tisch has a limited number of full scholarships for high school students to attend the Tisch summer programs.  Scholarships are given to students who demonstrate the most financial need.

Review the Tisch Summer High School Scholarships page for more information.