Tisch Summer High School Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music Online Program

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Tisch Summer High School Residential Program will not be taking place in New York City. The courses in this program will be offered remotely or online with asynchronous and synchronous components. Below is the updated program information. Students accepted to this program will also receive communication via email. 



Challenge yourself to define the music industry of tomorrow.

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, 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. 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. 

“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.

Equipment Needed:

  • Students must have access to an Mac Apple computer to run Logic Pro (production software) with a strong internet connection and a webcam.

  • A decent pair of headphones (over the ear is preferred)

  • A hard drive or thumb drive with at least 64 GB of memory

  • A smartphone to take video content or an an auxiliary backup camera

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 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.



Program Dates

Summer 2020

Sunday, July 12 - Saturday, August 8, 2020

Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.

Tuition and Fees

Summer 2020

Total Program Cost: $9,806

Breakdown of costs:

  • Tuition for 6 units (credits): $8,958
  • Registration and Service Fee: $848

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.


Open to high school sophomores and juniors.

  • Online application fee: $75

The summer 2020 application is closed.

Please read through the Admissions for High School Program page.