In 2003, at age 17, Gaga gained early admission to Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21)—a music school at New York University (NYU)'s Tisch School of the Arts—and lived in a NYU dorm.
At NYU, she studied music and improved her songwriting skills by writing essays on art, religion, social issues, and politics, including a thesis on pop artists Spencer Tunick and Damien Hirst.
When I was like three years old, I may have been even younger, my mom always tells this really embarrassing story of me propping myself up and playing the keys like this because I was too young short to get all the way up there.
Just go like this on the low end of the piano [...] I was really, really good at piano, so my first instincts were to work so hard at practicing piano, and I might not have been a natural dancer, but I am a natural musician.
For her acting work in the television series American Horror Story: Hotel (2015–2016), Gaga won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 2016.
Her fifth studio album, Joanne (2016), incorporated genres such as country and pop, and she became the first woman to have four US number one albums in the 2010s when it topped the country's charts.
She considered herself a misfit among her peers and was mocked for "being either too provocative or too eccentric".
The pair began performing at downtown club venues like the Mercury Lounge, The Bitter End, and the Rockwood Music Hall.The lessons taught her to create music by ear, which she preferred over reading sheet music and practiced professionally.The singer's parents encouraged her to pursue music, and enrolled her in Creative Arts Camp.They recorded and produced electropop tracks, sending them to music industry executives.Joshua Sarubin, the head of Artists and repertoire (A&R) at Def Jam Recordings, responded positively and, after approval from Sarubin's boss Antonio "L.