Recorded Music

The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music is the first of its kind to provide professional business and artistic training for aspiring creative entrepreneurs in the music industry. Intensive hands-on experience coupled with broad exposure to the liberal arts prepares students to be motivated, organized, and deeply engaged creative participants in their professional field.

The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music takes a holistic approach structured around the study of entrepreneurship. There are four main areas of curricular study: business, production, history and criticism, and musicianship and performance. Students take courses on business and legal issues as they relate to the specialized needs of the contemporary music industry, in conjunction with a series of practicums in the recording studio, where students are expected to become proficient in a range of recorded music practices. Concurrently, students also explore critical writing and music journalism, delving into the cultural impact of recorded music and the history of contemporary musical genres such as rock, R&B, hip-hop, and pop, world and electronica. In our musicianship and performance area, students focus on the craft of songwriting, theory and ear training, and performance technique. They then work to develop their own personal, idiosyncratic style through in-class training and professional guidance.

Professional Development
All Recorded Music students must complete an industry internship, which provides hands-on experience vital to their educational and career goals. Internships offer the ability to apply theory from the classroom to the functions of work within the field, as well as assist in building skills, confidence, and relationships with industry professionals. Internships have been held with established record companies like Universal or Sony Records, independent production companies such as Epitaph Records, trade publications like Rolling Stone or Impact, broadcast companies like MTV, and music recording associations, including the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Advanced students in Recorded Music may pursue advanced-level study in business, production, history and criticism, or musicianship and performance through courses in the department and courses at other NYU schools. The final year culminates with a capstone project in which students develop a full creative plan to launch themselves as entrepreneurs. Past projects have included launching a record label, creating a production company, developing a new media company, and starting an innovative music venue.

The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music is not only proud of its distinguished list of faculty members, but has access to many of the music industry's leading entrepreneurs, artists, and producers. In addition to coursework, an essential component of a student's educational experience at Recorded Music consists of a robust offering of career-focused special events and programming. Through lectures, interviews, academic papers, performances, and demonstrations, Recorded Music faculty and invited guests delve into topics that complement the knowledge and information presented in our classrooms and studios. 

Career Resources
The Tisch Office of Career Development strives to provide students and alumni with lifelong professional skills that help establish and sustain successful careers in the arts. TOCD’s services include: Tisch College Central, a searchable internship/job database; individualized career counseling (by appointment and weekly walk-ins); resume and cover letter reviews; career workshops and events; industry mentorship programs; access to electronic industry research tools; and a resource library stocked with trade publications and numerous career-related handouts. TOCD is located within Tisch’s Office of Student Affairs. 

In conjunction with TOCD, the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development provides career guidance and development services to NYU students and alumni. The Center hosts seminars, job fairs, and expos; schedules career counseling appointments; connects students with mentors and alumni; trains students in job interview skills and resume/cover letter writing; and compiles employer databases. The Center also maintains NYU CareerNet, an online database of both on- and off-campus job and internship listings. Students may use Wasserman’s resources to identify sustainable employment opportunities or explore additional career interests outside of the arts.

Recorded Music alumni maintain a lifelong affiliation with the Tisch School of the Arts and have gone on to all areas of the music industry. Entrepreneurial aspirations lead many of our alumni to create and build their own production companies, record labels and new business ventures. Others are shaping the future of the music industry at major and indie labels, publishing companies, and recording studios. Additionally, several of our alumni are pursuing careers as professional musicians. All are part of a vibrant network of mentors, artists, and entrepreneurs supported by the Tisch Office of Alumni Relations and the Tisch Office of Career Development. By creating interdisciplinary and cross-generational collaborations, these two offices help alumni maintain a connection to the past while growing into their future. Of particular note are two main alumni councils, Tisch East and Tisch West, whose activity is centered on metropolitan NYC and LA respectively.