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.
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
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.)
Sunday, July 7 - Saturday, August 3, 2019
Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.
Open to high school sophomores and juniors.
- Online application fee: $75
- Printed application fee: $90
The summer 2020 application will open on Monday, July 1, 2019.
Please read through the Admissions for High School Program page.
Tuition and Fees
Total Program Cost: $11,931
Breakdown of costs:
- Tuition for 6 units (credits): $8,706
Additional Fees Include:
- Registration and Services Fee: $834
- Program Fee (activities facilitated by Residential Life & Housing): $160
- Housing for 4 weeks: $1,068
- 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: $286
- Recorded Music Ticket Fee: $197
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.