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The Music of the Beatles

University of Rochester via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 2-4 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 7 weeks long

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The Music of the Beatles will track the musical development of the band, starting from the earliest days in Liverpool and Hamburg, moving through the excitement of Beatlemania, the rush of psychedelia, and the maturity of Abbey Road. While the focus will be on the music, we will also consider how recording techniques, the music business, the music of other artists, and the culture of the 1960s affected John, Paul, George, and Ringo as they created the Beatles repertory.

There is probably no band or artist that has had more written about their music than the Beatles. There are many good books on the band's biography, several insider accounts offering glimpses behind the scenes, books that interpret the meaning of the songs, and even books that catalog dates and people regarding the band. This course will try to synthesize much of that information into an account of the Beatles' development as musicians and songwriters.

Taught by

John Covach

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4.7 Based on 17 reviews

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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Paul completed this course.
Very Informative and it helps because the lecturer is very good at explaining and informing people. All in all a very good course for the Beatle enthusiast and anyone wishing to learn more of the 'famous four' My only regret is it doesn't start before the Beatles ie as early as the Silver Beatles or even before when they were the Quarrymen. But as described its from the early years in Hamburg and their rise to fame so I can't complain . I would endorse this course to anyone wanting to learn more of the Beatles and in fact any music lover
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Anonymous
4.0 9 months ago
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Good course ... But the professor does not hide his marked preference for John Lennon. He never says that Paul McCartney was the greatest creative force behind Sargent Pepper...
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Mrs E
5.0 4 years ago
Mrs completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I'm a Beatles fan, so I enjoyed this course immensely. I enjoyed studying the music of the Beatles and how they progressed from being skilled musical craftsmen to musical artists. Dr Covach is an enthusiastic and engaging instructor. The only drawback is that due to copyright issues, Dr Covach is unable to play clips of Beatles music. I would have loved to be able to listen to the specific part of tune he is mentioning rather than having to listen to the tune after the lecture.
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Cheryl C
5.0 4 years ago
Cheryl completed this course.
I took all of this class, and my husband, a guitarist, watched every lecture with me. We both loved the class - Dr. Covach is an excellent, humorous and very interesting guide to the Beatles and their development as musicians and song writers over time, , and as a musician himself, he explained some musical concepts such as song structure that even I ( I have no musical background) could appreciate. Highly recommended , even if you think you might like it - you will!
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Татяна Д
5.0 a year ago
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I like the Beatles. I also

Ike English language. I would like to speak and write better but it is difficult for me. I think the songs of the Beatles can be help me to do it.
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Aana completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
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