Programs - Music Composition

Songwriter Jimmy Webb

American songwriter Jimmy Webb took part in our Songwriters Hall of Fame Master Sessions at NYU on Tuesday, June 14 in our Frederick Loewe Theatre

The CBS Sunday Morning show broadcast an interview with Mr. Webb, including footage from the NYU Master Session. Watch the footage here. Our second Master Session, on October 25, 2011, will feature Glenn Frey of The Eagles.


More on Jimmy Webb
The critical acclaim composer Jimmy Webb has received during his more than forty years of success is as remarkable as the accomplishments they honor: he is a member of the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and, according to BMI, his “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” has been the third most performed song from the 60s until 1990, with “Up, Up and Away” on the same list in the top thirty. Webb’s, “Wichita Lineman” has been listed in MOJO Magazine’s worldwide survey of the best one hundred singles of all time in the top fifty, and was singled out in the Oct/Nov 2001 issue of Blender as “The Greatest Song Ever.” Even singer/songwriter James Taylor was nominated for a Grammy in 2010 for "Best Male Pop Vocal" for his rendition of the song.

Songwriting at NYU
The primary goal of NYU Steinhardt’s Concentration in Songwriting is to help our students develop their own voice, thereby becoming the best songwriters they can be — as they define it. A faculty of successful practitioners of the art and craft of song will identify, explain, and demonstrate the key tools employed in the great songs, across many genres. Talented students who possess a songwriter’s sensibility will be able to explore and experiment in a wide variety of settings: courses, workshops, peer groups, and one-on-one classes in composition and lyricizing; song analysis; studio performance; production and engineering; arranging and orchestration; and, even, in creative writing and literature. Significant elements of history and context, as well as connections and collaborations across academic disciplines, will be included.