21 September 2022

You can now study a Lana Del Rey course at New York University

Who needs maths and English when you can study Lana Del Rey instead?

Students at New York University will have the opportunity to study Lana Del Rey in a new course that’s launching next month.

The singer will be the subject of a new course titled Topics in Recorded Music: Lana Del Rey at the University, which will run from October 20th to December 8th at the Clive Davis Institute and will be taught by journalist and author Kathy Landoli.

The course description reads: “Over the course of eight critically-acclaimed albums, the six-time Grammy nominated artist has introduced a sad core, melancholic, and baroque version of dream pop that in turn helped shift and reinvent the sound (and mood) of mainstream music beyond the 2010s.”as reported by Variety.

“Through her arresting visuals and her thematic attention to mental health and tales of toxic, damaged love, Del Rey provided a new platform for artists of all genders to create ‘anti-pop’ works of substance that could live in a mainstream once categorised as bubblegum.”

Artist courses seem to be on an upward trajectory at the moment, with the Clive Davis Institute also launching a new course on Taylor Swift last year. The course began at the Davis Institute, which is part of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts on January 26th and ran till March 9th.

Variety reported that the course, which was taught by Rolling Stone’s Brittany Spanos, covered “Swift’s evolution as a creative music entrepreneur, the legacy of pop and country songwriters, discourses of youth and girlhood, and the politics of race in contemporary popular music.” 

“This course proposes to deconstruct both the appeal and aversions to Taylor Swift through close readings of her music and public discourse as it relates to her own growth as an artist and a celebrity,” a description adds.

Perhaps it’s time to drop that incredibly impractical physics course and study the lives of your favourite pop stars instead!

  • Writer Chris Saunders
  • Banner Image Credit Universal Music

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