Watch Pharrell’s Masterclass at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute

Pharrell Williams hosted a rare masterclass at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music on Saturday, where he currently serves as artist-in-residence.
Joined by professors Bob Power and Jason King, Pharrell listened to students’ projects, offered constructive criticism, and discussed the creative process.
For those who don’t know, Power is best known for engineering A Tribe Called Quest’s sophomore album, The Low End Theory. He’s also worked with artists like The Roots, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, and De La Soul.
Regardless of whether you’re a fan of the students’ music, Pharrell’s advice is valuable to anyone who produces, writes or performs music. The students also deserve credit for putting themselves out there and letting a master like Pharrell critique their work in front of their peers — and now the world.
Watch a half-hour clip of the class below.

Here’s a breakdown of the topics:
Pharrell discusses why he’s different — 2:00
Indie pop duo Cafuné — 7:00
Rapper Saba Jenga — 12:55
Folk singer Maggie Rogers — 18:15
How everyone possesses the ability to be unique — 26:00
Pharrell’s greatest achievement, according to Bob Power — 28:10
Students’ reactions to Pharrell’s feedback — 29:30
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