Sunday, October 18, 2009

More on the Beatles M.A. program

"Much to learn in world's first Beatle's master's program"

Launched by Liverpool Hope University in September, the one-year MA in The Beatles, Popular Music and Society makes sure its graduates are well-versed in all things John, Paul, George and Ringo. Courses offered touch upon everything from the history of postwar Liverpool to musicology, from textual analysis and a cultural understanding of popular music.

The program has garnered international attention — and students. Zahalan says her classmates hail from the U.S., Scotland, the U.K. and Venezuela, in addition to one fellow Canadian, Vancouverite Sean O'Connor.

"There have been over 8,000 books about The Beatles but there has never been serious academic study and that is what we are going to address," said senior lecturer Mike Brocken in March 2008, when enrolment for the inaugural program began. "Forty years on from their breakup, now is the right time and Liverpool is the right place to study The Beatles."

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