The Beatles: a history through their music

Course Dates: 20/09/19 - 18/10/19
Time: 15:45 - 17:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street
David Harrison

The Beatles are the most culturally significant and popular pop band in history. Through analysis of their music and a history of the 1960s we will see how four lads from Liverpool came to define the sound of a decade.


What is the course about?

Through analysis of their music, a history of the Fab Four and a cultural history of the 1960s we will explore how John, Paul, George & Ringo came to define the Twentieth century’s most turbulent decade. From Love Me Do to the Abbey Road medley, we will explore the Beatles’ music making in the context of cultural, technical and personal developments. We will explore their influences and their impact on their contemporaries.

What will we cover?

- The music of the Beatles including A Hard Day’s Night, Revolver and Abbey Road.
- A cultural history of the 1960s against the wider backdrop of the political and social landscape.
- A history of the Beatles and its members – their lives over the course of the decade from their forming as a group to their break up.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Appreciate the role of the Beatles in the cultural life of the 1960s.
- Understand the musical background to several Beatles albums.
- Identify themes and ideas in several Beatles albums and tracks.
- Show an understanding of the Beatles as a group and individuals.
- Have greater awareness of the history of the Nineteen Sixties.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for beginners although there will be some discussion of musical themes and ideas.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with workshops, short lectures, practical exercises, tutorials and handouts. The course will use a variety of materials including audio recordings and film footage.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No. However, you may wish to buy some of the music or books recommended in class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

We recommend (MD622B) Bob Dylan: an introduction to his music.

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This is a great course to do if you like the music of the Beatles, or would like to find out more about them.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 15/02/2019)
This was a very enjoyable course and our tutor was excellent. My only criticism would be that I was expecting more about the socio-political context of the time and the legacy of The Beatles, as described in the course synopsis. I’d suggest either thinking about making the course longer (maybe a couple of weeks) or amending the course synopsis.
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Review by Jeff1403 / (Posted on 28/03/2018)
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Course Code: MD622A

Started Fri, day, 20 Sep - 18 Oct '19

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £99.00
Senior fee: £79.00
Concession: £60.00

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