Electronic Dance Music makes its way into classrooms

By Mike Jago

 

Electronic Dance Music, better known as EDM, has swept the nation becoming one of the most popular genres in music. Once an underground phenomenon, EDM has turned itself into a billion dollar industry.

The Business of Electronic and Dance Music’s description on NYU’s website.
Photo Credit: www.nyu.edu

While EDM has forced itself into nightclubs and festivals radio stations everywhere, it is now making its way into the classroom.

Starting in the spring of 2013, students at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music—a part of New York University—can take a class entitled “The Business of Electronic and Dance Music.”

The class is focused on the history of the genre as well as what the future holds for EDM. The class will also look at the careers of key figures in EDM, such as David Guetta and Skrillex as well as the rise of festivals like the Electric Daisy Carnival.

NYU would be the first school to adopt such a class, but will other universities follow suit?

Students at Kean University are no stranger to the EDM genre, and a class that explains the history of EDM music as well as inform students on how to be successful in the genre could be a great addition to the university.

Joanne Segreto, a junior at Kean, thinks that a class of that nature would be for the campus community.

“That music is really popular around here,” Segreto said. “It’d be nice to have a class that explains the background of it so we can be more educated about it.”

The electronic dance music fad is more popular now than ever before, and while millions flock to festivals and nightclubs all around the world to see their favorite DJs, NYU is looking to start a trend of its own by educating fans of the genre.


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