Pharrell Williams added professor to his resume after teaching a music masterclass at New York University.
The Grammy winner was named the 50th anniversary artist-in-residence at the school's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts in October (15), and recently had the chance to meet with undergrad students for a lesson of a lifetime.
During the private, one-hour session, he listened in on a recording session and offered the students constructive feedback, as well as detailing his own creative process in making hit records.
In a video posted on YouTube following Pharrell during his time in the classroom, professor Jason King praised the Happy singer for his career success, saying, "The idea behind the masterclass was to have Pharrell work directly with our students, and to give them ideas about how to shape the music they’re making. It’s our mission to train students as creative entrepreneurs, and few artists have married the art and business of recorded music as successfully as Pharrell."
In addition to the masterclass, Pharrell and his wife Helen funded a scholarship programme which offers high school students the opportunity to attend the Clive Davis Institute at NYU during a special summer session this July (16).
Pharrell also invited high schoolers from the Future Music Moguls, a free high school programme at Clive Davis Institute, to observe the masterclass.
"I am, both personally and through (his charity) From One Hand to AnOTHER, committed to bringing kids experiences that ignite their passions, challenge their minds, and provide them with opportunities to learn and be creative," Pharrell said in an interview with NYU.