The class is in session for Lana Del Rey Fans. New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music launched a new course this fall focusing on the singer-songwriter.
The two-credit course, titled “Topics in Recorded Music: Lana Del Rey,” is taught by journalist and author Kathy Iandoli and will run from Oct. 20 to Dec. 8, according to Variety. According to the course description, “Across eight critically acclaimed albums, the six-time Grammy-nominated artist introduced a sad, melancholy, and baroque take on dream pop that, in turn, helped change and to reinvent the sound (and vibe) of mainstream music beyond the 2010s. provided a new platform for artists of all genres to create “anti-pop” groundwork that could live on in a mainstream once classified as bubblegum.”
The course will also examine Del Rey’s relationship to feminism, musical influences, and connection to social justice movements.
Earlier this year, the Clive Davis Institute also offered a course on Taylor Swift, which looked at the superstar’s journey as a creative music entrepreneur, the legacy of pop and country songwriters who influenced the star, and how discourses of youth and youth are harnessed in the media and the music industry.
In May, Swift delivered the commencement address for New York University’s Class of 2022, sharing her wisdom as an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts.