In October, New York University will host Lana Del Rey’s course.
“Themes in Recorded Music: Lana Del Rey” will be offered at New York University from October 20 to December 8 at the Clive Davis Institute.
Cathy Yandali, a well-known music journalist, author and college music business professor, teaches the course.
The description reads: “Over the course of eight critically acclaimed albums, the six-time Grammy nominee delivered a wistful, melancholic and baroque version of dream pop that in turn helped transform and reinvent the sound (and mood ) mainstream music after the 2010s.
“With her haunting visuals and thematic focus on mental health and stories of toxic, damaged love, Del Rey has provided a new platform for artists of all genders to create essentially ‘anti-pop’ works that could live in the mainstream, once classified as bubblegum.”
Lana’s course comes after the University of Texas at Austin announced a songwriting course based on the work of Taylor Swift.
“The Taylor Swift Songbook” will read alongside classics such as Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare and Samuel Taylor Coleridge at the North American College and will seek to “introduce critical literary reading and research methods – basic skills for working with English literature and other humanitarian disciplines” to students.
A description on the university’s website reads: “Focusing on Swift’s music and the cultural context in which she and her career exist, we will examine the foundations for understanding her work, such as poetic form, style, and history among a variety of issues and theories. questions that are important to contextualize as we practice close and in-depth reading, evaluating secondary sources, and building strong arguments.”
The “Shake It Off” hitmaker received an honorary doctorate from New York University after the college recognized him as “one of the most prolific and celebrated artists of his generation.”
Meanwhile, a separate university in Texas announced back in July that a course titled “Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity: Identity, the Internet and European Pop Culture” would be offered beginning in 2023.
At the time, Texas State University’s Dr. Louis Dean Valencia shared, “This course focuses on British musician Harry Styles and European popular culture to understand the cultural and political development of contemporary celebrity in relation to issues of gender and sexuality, race, class, nation, and globalism. Media, Fashion, Fan Culture, Internet Culture and Consumerism’.