The Roots’ drummer, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, is taking on a teaching role, teaching a music class, spring 2013, at the Clive Davis Institute for Record Music, part of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. The course, "Classic Albums," will focus on taking a closer look into what it takes to produce classical albums such as Led Zeppelin's IV (aka ZOSO), Prince's Dirty Mind, Michael Jackson's Off The Wall and the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique — as well as the music, lyrics, production and business aspects. Questlove will share the course teaching duties with Universal Music Enterprises vice president of A&R, Harry Weinger.
Thompson, who also works as a music journalist, attended the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. He was offered an opportunity to study at The Juilliard School however the lack of finances kept him from doing so.
During his high school years, Thompson founded a band called 'The Square Roots' with his friend, Tariq Trotter (Black Thought). They later dropped the word "square" and just went with The Roots.
When announcing his new teaching gig at NYU, Thompson commented via Twitter, "That’s Professor ?uesto."