About this Course
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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....
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Suggested: 12-24 hours of videos and quizzes

Approx. 17 hours to complete
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English

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Introduction and Special Features

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Reading
5 videos (Total 31 min), 4 readings
Video5 videos
Recommended Books7m
Andy Babiuk Interview3m
Walter Everett Interview6m
Beatles Equipment9m
Reading4 readings
Syllabus10m
Grading and Logistics10m
Music Fundamentals10m
About the Professor10m

2

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Early Day and Success in the UK

The Beatles as pop craftsmen. Study of cover versions at Cavern and Hamburg shows, Please Please Me, With the Beatles, and the singles from this period....
Reading
9 videos (Total 109 min), 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Before Beatlemania13m
Hamburg and Liverpool17m
The First Recordings for Parlophone11m
Please Please Me9m
SCU – Love Me Do, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There13m
The Beatles and UK Pop, 19639m
With the Beatles5m
SCU - She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand12m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Early Day and Success in the UK20m

3

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Success in America and the World

The Beatles begin to move toward the artist model. Music from A Hard Day's Night, Beatles For Sale, and singles from this period. From this point on we will closely follow particular authorship of songs, keeping track of John, Paul, and George as individual songwriters....
Reading
8 videos (Total 81 min), 1 quiz
Video8 videos
The Beatles are Coming!12m
The Beatles in the Movies8m
A Hard Day’s Night, the Album14m
SCU - A Hard Day’s Night, Can’t Buy Me Love, and Any Time At All9m
Beatles For Sale, Fall 196415m
SCU - I’m A Loser and Eight Days a Week6m
Brian Epstein and George Martin13m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Success in America and the World20m

4

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Pop Maturity

Increased experimentation, still mostly within the context of the pop single. The increasingly important role of the recording studio and recording techniques and innovations. Help!, Rubber Soul, and singles from this period....
Reading
7 videos (Total 82 min), 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Help! The Movie6m
From Craftsmen to Artists8m
Help! The Album12m
SCU - Help!, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, I’ve Just Seen a Face, Yesterday14m
Rubber Soul15m
SCU - Norwegian Wood, In My Life, Michelle, I’m Looking Through You, If I Needed Someone14m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Pop Maturity20m
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Top Reviews

By MMMar 8th 2016

I have always been curious about the beginnings of the Beatles and in fact I have been playing and singing some of their popular songs. I'm glad there is a free on line course about them.

By GGApr 27th 2018

Excellent course. The only drawback s that there could not be any piece of music or lyrics. This is a problem that should be addressed somehow to make it even better.

Instructor

John Covach

Professor of Music and Director
Institute for Popular Music

About University of Rochester

The University of Rochester is one of the nation's leading private universities. Located in Rochester, N.Y., the University provides exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum. Its College, School of Arts and Sciences, and Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are complemented by its Eastman School of Music, Simon School of Business, Warner School of Education, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, and the Memorial Art Gallery....

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