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HSA Presents "Art of Songwriting" Master Class with Jason King

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In this special masterclass, Jason King — musician, producer, journalist, scholar and founding faculty member at New York University's prestigious Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music — walks us through the key components of writing compelling pop songs and presents some of his own original material. He'll then listen to music by HSA students and provide constructive critique and feedback.

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ABOUT JASON KING

Jason
King, Ph.D is Associate
Professor, Director of Global Studies, and Director of Writing, History & Emergent Media Studies and the founding faculty member at New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. A journalist, musician, DJ and producer, he worked alongside music impresario Clive Davis to help build and develop the program and he served as the program's first Interim Chair, Associate Chair and Artistic Director. Jason has been teaching classes on popular music history, the music business (marketing/branding) and the social aspects of music technology for more than sixteen years at New York University, as well as teaching at NYU campuses in Singapore and Abu Dhabi and developing study abroad initiatives in Berlin and Havana. Jason’s academic essays on music figures like Luther Vandross and Roberta Flack have been published in numerous anthologies and edited collections, and he is the author of *The Michael Jackson Treasures*, a 2009 Barnes and Noble exclusive biography on the King of Pop, which has been translated in more than 7 languages, and a forthcoming book called Blue Magic, on the role of metaphysics and energy in the music of artists like Timbaland, from Duke University Press. He is a regular contributor to publications like Pitchfork, Billboard, Buzzfeed, and Slate. He has been an expert witness in copyright infringement cases for Jay Z, Timbaland, Lady Gaga, Madonna and others, and he has appeared in many music documentaries, including Spike Lee's critically acclaimed *Bad 25* and *Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall. He is the host and co-producer of NPR's Noteworthy, a series on the creative process of music superstars like Alicia Keys, Maxwell, Banks, and Anthony Hamilton, as well as the curator of NPR&B, NPR's 24/7 R&B radio channel, and a member of the NPR Music team. He is also the producer, songwriter, performer, and driving force behind Company Freak, an international dance music “superband” featuring original members of groups like Chic and D-Train. He is also working on a revisionist biography of Freddie Mercury and delving into producing and directing documentaries. Find him at www.jasonkingonline.com and follow him on Twitter and IG: @jasonkingsays


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