The Music of the Beatles

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 musical maturity of Abbey Road.

About The Course

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

What resources will I need for this class?

For this course, all you need is an Internet connection, a willingness to seek out the music, and the time to view the lectures, listen to the music, and discuss the Beatles in the online forum.

I have never studied music before.  Can I still take this course?

Yes, absolutely. While there will be musical details discussed, much of the information provided in this course is meant for the general student. Lack of musical training should not impact your ability to perform well on the quizzes.

What is the coolest thing I'll learn if I take this class?

Studying the music of the Beatles is not only a great way to get to know music you love much more intimately, but it also opens up new ways of listening to and thinking about all the music you care about.

Recommended Background

No previous musical training is required. The ability to read music is not required.