college class studies taylor swifts music impact
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You Can Now Take A College Class That Studies Taylor Swift's Music & Her Impact On Society!

Feb. 3 2022, Published 11:44 a.m. ET

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It's the class of Swifties' wildest dreams: New York University has announced the debut of a college class that focuses solely on Taylor Swift!

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The lessons will be taught by Rolling Stone writer Brittany Spanos, who according to Variety, will cover "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."

college class studies taylor swifts music impact
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The course is offered through NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, and unsurprisingly, there's already a long waitlist.

"I’ve been covering Taylor Swift since I began my writing career a decade ago and have been a super fan of hers for even longer. It’s such an honor to be able to share my Swiftie expertise with a sharp group of students," Spanos said. "I hope to help them rethink how to engage with one of the things world’s biggest and sometimes divisive stars."

According to documents obtained by Variety, the class "delves into analyses of the culture and politics of teen girlhood in pop music, fandom, media studies, whiteness and power as it relates to her image and the images of those who have both preceded and succeeded her."

Topics will also include copyright and ownership, American nationalism and the impact social media has on the music industry.

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college class studies taylor swifts music impact
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The course's five objectives are as follows:

1. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation for Taylor Swift as a creative music entrepreneur; Students will learn to deconstruct the way her creativity and songwriting have made her a durable presence in a quickly evolving music industry;

  • 2. Students will learn about the legacy of pop and country songwriters that have influenced Swift as well as the discourses around “prodigies” in pop music history;
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    3. Students will gain an understanding of how discourses of youth and girlhood are often exploited in the media and music industries;

  • 4. Students will learn about the politics of race in contemporary popular music, and to interrogate whiteness as it relates to Swift’s politics, songwriting, worldview and interactions with the wider cultural world around her;
  • 5. Students will develop greater sophistication in their artistic appreciation, critical thinking, research and writing skills.
  • The Grammy winner, who had four albums on the bestsellers list for 2021, has been invited to attend the class as a speaker, but it's unclear if she'll ever do so.


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