Music students uncover the power of collaboration and more in GRAMMY U®'s Masterclass

Leading up to the 2023 GRAMMY Awards®, recording artists Jacob Collier and Jessie Reyez led a GRAMMY U® Masterclass with music students across the country to teach and inspire them to pursue their goals and dreams. Discover how it all went down this past February at The Novo in Los Angeles.


Music is a universal language that speaks to our emotions and inspires us in ways that are hard to explain. The GRAMMY Awards® represent the pinnacle of musical recognition. Every year, the music industry's brightest stars gather in Los Angeles to celebrate their achievements and one another. But there's more to GRAMMY® Week than the chart-topping celebrities and lavish awards ceremony.



Along with titans of the music industry, GRAMMY U® student representatives from across the country have the opportunity to attend and help out with the annual festivities. If you don't know GRAMMY U, it's a program designed to give college students studying music a chance to learn, grow, and kickstart their careers by connecting them with talented people in the music industry.



Aside from seeing their idols receive the biggest honor in music, GRAMMY U students participate in other events leading up to the 2023 GRAMMYs®. These events, like a GRAMMY U Masterclass at The Novo in downtown LA, make GRAMMY Week extremely valuable for these aspiring music professionals.



The Masterclass, hosted by GRAMMY winner Jacob Collier and moderated by GRAMMY nominee Jessie Reyez, proved a dynamic pairing. Collier and Reyez, who collaborated on Collier's GRAMMY-nominated Djesse Vol. 3 track "Count The People," led an in-depth, energised, and insightful conversation. They talked about breaking traditional rules and expanding sonic possibilities by learning as much as possible about each instrument you play. Collier discussed how he's always been interested in stretching musical boundaries and emphasised the importance of following your joy and the things and sounds that excite you.



Continuing the thread, Reyez discussed the significance of following your intuition and learning to trust and listen to it when navigating the music industry—especially other people's opinions. The conversation also explored using songwriting as a chance to share a unique perspective, not just your own.



Beyond the in-depth discussions, live performances, and invaluable advice on topics like harmony and collaboration to music theory and self-belief, the GRAMMY U students are what make the Masterclass unforgettable. Their gifts and potential were on full display throughout the event that they helped put together.



In addition to the insights Collier and Reyez shared, there were plenty of other takeaways from the Masterclass. Collaboration being a key theme, the GRAMMY U representatives achieved this by working together to build the program's vision.



The GRAMMY U Masterclass ultimately highlights the students' dedication, skill, and vision. It also empowers the students to pursue their goals, collaborate to boost creativity, and dedicate themselves to their craft—all essential to becoming a success story in the music industry, as vetted by the experts.



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