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Why multiple Boston universities now have classes all about Taylor Swift

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WGBH, December 2023

In the words of Taylor Swift, life is just a classroom. But in literal classrooms, students are now studying the famed musician. Professors behind Swift-centered courses in Boston say not only is there huge demand from students for these classes, but also that there’s a lot to be learned from Swift’s artistry.

“She’s literally using every single possible technique as far as classical musical developmental techniques,” said Scarlet Keys, a professor at Berklee College of Music. “Rhythmically, she’s evolved into this really interesting writer. She’s writing hooks that people can’t stop singing. And as a literary poet, she’s using every rhetorical device from hyperbole to alliteration, to allusion.”

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