Thursday, October 6, 2011

Artists Lend Their Expertise in the Classroom

By J9 of J9's MusicLife

More and more artists are being asked to step in the role as teacher and educate students about their first hand experience in the music industry.  According to a census conducted by the Hip Hop Archive, in respect to the hip-hop genre, more than 85 courses were being taught in American universities during the 2005-2006 academic year.  Here are a couple of artists who hold the additional title of Professor.

Ryan Leslie (Songwriter/Artist/Producer)
Last week, it was announced that R Les would be the first Artist in Residence at The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University’s Tisch School of the Art for the 2011-2012 academic year.  In this program, one-on-one sessions, group lectures, songwriting critiques, and mentoring will be offered to students.

Swizz Beatz (Rapper/Songwriter/Producer)
He was the first Producer in Residence at NYU's Clive Davis Dept of Recorded Music for the 2010-2011 academic year.

John Forte (Rapper)
In 2009, he taught a 12-week class called "Music Therapy" at the City College of New York. In this class, Forte taught at-risk students how to deal with their emotions and hardships through music.

Method Man (Rapper)
In 2010, Meth lectured a 1-day course called "The Laws of Success" at NYC The Learning Annex.  His class focused on dubbing, demos, and publishing while staying true to your artistic vision.

Esperanza Spalding (Singer/Musician)
At the age of 20, Esperanza became one of the youngest professors at the Berklee College of Music History.  Also, she is developing several courses at Berklee, including one that focuses "on transcribing as a tool for learning harmony and theory".  In 2010, she became the Artist in Residence at Michigan State University's College of Music where she gave a master class offering constructive critiques of various student jazz groups as they performed.

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