Earn credit for learning all things Taylor Swift


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Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” album.

Is this the evolution of the music industry? Picture this: Swifties earning college credit at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute for brushing up on all things Taylor Swift.

According to Variety, Rolling Stone journalist Brittany Spanos will serve as instructor for the course, which is based on Swift’s musical impact, legacy, and journey, among other things.

According to the course description, “students will develop an understanding and appreciation for Swift as a creative music entrepreneur.”

The course will run from Jan. 26 to March 9. Students will gain a solid understanding of how Swift established a long-lasting presence in the fast-paced musical landscape. Jason King, a musician and composer, will be in charge of the course.

The Swift syllabus includes a look at the “legacy of pop and country songwriters that have influenced” the pop star, in addition to a study of “the way her creativity and song writing have made her a durable presence in a quickly evolving music industry.”

While understanding how other notable names have paved a path for the hitmaker, students will uncover the “politics of race in contemporary popular music” and sharpen their critical thinking skills.

Jason King, chair of the Clive Davis Institute, told Variety, “To me, the class was a no-brainer when Brittany first suggested it… she’s a Taylor fan but also understands how to contextualize her culturally, and get students to think more deeply about her and her music through the lens of gender, feminism race, class, and other categories related to identity.”

This is not the first time that NYU’s Clive Davis Institute has offered classes on famous celebrities. Swift was even invited for a guest lecture appearance, according to Variety.
According to NYU, there is a significant waitlist for the course.