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, 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. 

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


Our Summer High School courses are taught by working industry leaders and mentors.

Devon Baran

Devon Baran

Music Production Instructor

Devon Baran, professionally known as Von, is the owner and operator of Vondom Labs LLC. Specializing in alternative production methods, immersive live events and guerrilla marketing brand tactics Von spearheads the intersection of art and tech. She's music directed NAMILA’s AW2020 NYFW show, led inclusive programming initiatives for Milk Media, was featured as an artist to watch in Playboy’s Halloween issue & has been covered in Vice, NYLON, INDIE Magazine, Noctis & more. Von is the co-founder and host of BLOODY MARY, the first party series to merge performance art with live boxing. Working with artists like Pussy Riot, UNIIQU3, Virgen Maria & more Von brings the intersection of live events, talents from femme creatives and interactive visual technology to the forefront of pop culture.

Halima Edozie-Akinlade

Halima Edozie-Akinlade

Music Production Instructor

Halima is a London and Lagos-bred producer/artist/songwriter. Having grown up on Pop punk, RnB, Neo Soul, Pop and spending her childhood in various countries, her sound & style is nostalgic and eclectic. Halima’s singles, released on her label One Percent Genius, have made waves across streaming platforms, garnering over 10 million cumulative streams and landing on playlists like Spotify’s Pollen, Apple Music’s Feels and Pitchfork’s What’s Good. The single ‘Ford Cardinal’ has been featured on the FADER’s “Songs You Need In Your Life” as well as airing on BBC Sounds radio. ‘Holding Me’ was featured on BBC Introducing Mix Tape with Tom Robinson and BBC Radio 1 Extra with Jamz Supernova. In 2021, halima released her first EP XYZ, which was featured on BBC1 by Rakeem Omar. 

Andre Howard

Andre Howard

Music Business Instructor

Andre Howard began his career in the A&R department of Def Jam segueing into artist management working for Family Tree Entertainment & Violator alongside artists like Fantasia, Missy Elliott, Pharoahe Monch, Busta Rhymes and many more. He then founded his own Agency (The Media Music Inc.) with a focus on helping artist management & marketing teams. During this time, he worked with Shady/Aftermath, Reebok/RBK, ESPN Games, HBO, and more, seeking product placement, synch/licensing opportunities, producing & distributing music, etc. Andre later returned to Universal Music working in eCommerce doing metadata management - which led him to Republic Records where he became an in-house Product Manager for the label’s visual projects. A highlight was working on Jack Johnson's “From Here To Now To You” which became the first “visual” album of its kind. Andre recently led digital efforts at eOne where he worked on a multitude of projects including Brandy’s recent album “b7”, which debuted at the top of the Billboard Indy charts.

Currently as VP, Digital + Commerce at ADA/WMG, I provide our partners with expertise and guidance to build their digital marketing narrative(s) and ultimately drive a larger volume of fan acquisition, discovery, engagement and streaming. He also works hand-in-hand with the Warner Music commercial teams and alongside DSP’s to present our Hip-Hop & R&B repertoire and position ADA as best-in-class in a genre that’s dominating pop culture.

Amir Oliver

Amir Oliver

Arts & Culture Instructor

Amir Royale is a young New York City actorrecording artistfilmmaker, and entertainment entrepreneur—alumni of the Public Elementary St. Albans School 36Renaissance Middle School 192, and Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (where he studied Drama). Newly procured, he is a New York University Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music graduate (Class of 2020). Royale hails from St. Albans, Queens—a neighborhood that was once home to many legendary musicians, such as James Brown, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, A Tribe Called Quest, and Count Basie. Royale was raised by his grandparents and single father after the passing of his mother in mid-2005—leading him to secure his prestigious higher education and artistic pursuits in her memory. Just beginning his early twenties—Royale has garnered support from multiple industries and careers, due to his prolific showcases as an artist, academic, and educator. As an actor, Royale has appeared in films, Broadway musicals, and theatre shows perfecting his craft as a performer and orator of the human condition. He continues to add filmmaking to his repertoire with the release of original short films, features, music videos, and documentary content.

Immediately post-graduation, Royale released his first two singles entitled "People Say" and "Hold It Down (Freestyle)"—finding a creative home with renowned industry titans Richie Cannata (Saxophonist of the Billy Joel Band, Musical Director for Latin Grammy-nominated jazz musician and former New York Yankee, Bernie Williams, etc.), Warner Chapell songwriter Eren Cannata, and studio manager / engineer John Arbuckle at Cove City Sound Studios in Long Island, NY. Outside of his current constant mentorship, guidance, and collaboration with members of the Tisch School of the Arts community at large, Royale now co-operates as both the Chief Executive Officer & President of Multimedia Production Studio & Marketing Company M. StageScene Communications in New York, New York, as well as being the current Chief Content Officer & Studio Manager of Music Production & Artist Management company Lisendeep Music Group in Brooklyn, NY.

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 the 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.

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 AM -12:15 PM Music Business Class
12:15 PM - 1:40 PM Lunch
1:40 - 4:00 PM Arts & Culture Class
4:00 - 6:00 PM Break
6:00 - 9:00 PM Jam Time
11:00 PM Curfew

Tuesday (Group A/Group B)

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Group B - Field Trip
12:00 PM - 2:20 PM Group B Lunch
2:20 PM - 4:30 PM Group B Music Production Class
10:10 AM - 12:30 PM Group A Music Production Class
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Group A Lunch
1:45 PM - 4:45 PM Group A Songwriting Workshop
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Post dinner chat
11:00 PM Curfew


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

Thursday (Group A/Group B)

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Group A Field Trip
12:00 PM - 2:20 PM Group A Lunch
2:20 PM - 4:30 PM Group A Music Production Class
10:10 AM - 12:30 PM Group B Music Production Class
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Group B Lunch
1:45 PM - 4:45 PM Group B Songwriting Workshop
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Jam Time
11:00 PM Curfew


10:30 AM - 12:15 PM Music Business Class
12:15 PM - 1:40 PM Lunch
1:40 PM - 4:00 PM Arts & Culture Class
Free evening
Midnight Curfew


1:45 PM - 5:00 PM Group Studio Sessions
6:30 PM - 9:45 PM Group Studio Sessions


1:45 PM - 5:00 PM Group Studio Sessions
6:30 PM - 9:45 PM Group Studio Sessions


Program Dates

Summer 2024

Sunday, July 7 - Saturday, August 3, 2024

Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.

Tuition and Fees

Summer 2024

Total Estimated Program Cost: $13,920

Breakdown of costs:

  • Tuition for 6 units (credits): $11,064

Additional Fees Include:

  • Program Fee (activities facilitated by Residential Life & Housing): $200

  • Housing for 4 weeks: $1,232

  • 10 meals* a week for 4 weeks: $768

*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: $316

  • Recorded Music Ticket Fee: $340

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.


Students accepted to the Tisch Summer High School program live in NYU housing. Recorded Music students will attend classes and live in Brooklyn. Per NYU policy, students must to be at least 15 to reside in housing for this program. 


Tisch has a limited number of 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.


The summer 2024 application is closed.

Summer 2024

Open to high school sophomores and juniors.

  • Online application fee: $75

Please read through the Summer High School Application Requirements page before starting your application.