Why did you take this course?
I was drawn into the School of The New York Times because of the Pop Music as an Art and Business course. I am a dedicated music fan, yet I’m not really musically inclined. I’m more interested in the analysis of music and the background behind songs, albums, artists, etc. The course was basically made for me!
Who was your favorite guest speaker?
[New York Times pop music critic] Jon Caramanica! I have been a huge fan of his for a while now, and it was absolutely amazing not only just to hear him speak, but also talk to him and shake his hand. He is such a cool guy who is so articulate and knowledgeable.
What was your final project?
365体育备用网址For my class final project, my friends and I created a hypothetical museum exhibit on Whitney Houston. The project was inspired by the “David Bowie Is” exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, which we visited on a class field trip. We presented our ideas on the last day alongside our other classmates. It was wonderful to see all the amazing ideas everyone had come up with.
Who should take this course?
I think anyone who has an interest in music should take this course. When I found out about the course, I was so happy. It was right up my alley and exceeded any expectations I had about it. I think potential musicians should take it, as it gives good insight into the music business. I also think the course would be perfect for people who are interested in music journalism or are just plain interested in discussing music.
What were your faculty like?
Our teachers, Ben and Jocelyn, were not only so professional and knowledgeable, but they were also engaging. They knew exactly what they were talking about, and they made lectures so enjoyable. Our Teaching Assistants, Tim and Chelsea, are both classically trained musicians, so they brought a new type of knowledge into a class where contemporary music was the main point of discussion. And our academic Resident Assistant, Daoud, was loved by all; he brought youth and excitement to the class, and he was always on top of everything.
What does it mean to you to study in New York City?
To study in New York City is to get not only an academic education, but a life education. New York is a melting pot of many ethnicities, nationalities, religions, and so much more. There is so much to learn from New York, and it is truly a privilege to learn life skills in one of the best cities in the world. When you live in suburbia, you’re placed in a bubble; in New York, you’re exposed to so many exciting things that you don’t really get to experience elsewhere.