Pharrell Williams has co-founded Tuniversity, a new company dedicated to reinvigorating music education using multimedia technology in conjunction with the excitement pop music, according to the company’s Twitter . The company has launched a new ebook titled Learn Pharrell Williams’ Happy, written by Brent Paschke and Kiko Doran.
Available for iPad, iPhone, and Mac, the ebook first guides readers through Williams’ inspiration for writing his 2013 single ‘Happy,” then deconstructs the track into its individual parts. Using the app’s interactive “TuniPlayer,” students can closely study and interact with the various elements the song. It allows them to practice playing the instrumental parts at a slower tempo, ultimately building up to the original tempo. After studying how the individual parts blend together, students can then follow step-by-step instructions to rebuild ‘Happy’ in Apple’s GarageBand stware.
In a promotional video for the ebook, Williams said Tuniversity was created to teach through music and highlight the importance the arts. You can watch the video below.
“When you know a song, you’re halfway there,” Williams said. “So we can take it apart piece by piece, give you the patterns that you know—the chords, the bassline, the drums—because you already know the song.”
Williams is certainly no stranger to writing a hit song. ‘Happy’ was the top-selling track 2014, selling 13.9 million units globally, according to . The single received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. A live version the song won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.
Using songs like ‘Happy,’ Tuniversity aims to help students build confidence and discipline while also encouraging creativity and self-expression, according to their . Future courses will soon use pop music to teach various subjects, including math, English, physics, and history.
“You don’t need to be a music teacher to teach through this book,” Williams said. “You just have to be curious and interested.”
You can purchase and download Learn Pharrell Williams’ Happy .