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An Introduction

MU106, Fall 2013
Lectures: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-3:50 (ELM, Zankel 117)
Office: Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 (Zankel 209)
MU106. An introduction to the Beatles through their core repertoire, tracing their development from teens in Liverpool, through the years of "Beatlemania," into their psychedelic and post-psychedelic phases, and finally their dissolution.
Students will (a) learn to recognize the most important parts of the Beatles repertoire (their singles and EPs and selected highlights from albums), (b) be able to place these recordings into appropriate biographical and cultural contexts, and (c) be able to identify the active participants in this history and their contributions.
Classes will be in a lecture format, with discussion of the history, structure, and texts of individual recordings.
Assessment will be through (a) approximately biweekly quizzes and (b) a paper on the Beatles and their repertoire.
Gordon Thompson, Department of Music, Skidmore College
Special note for Fall 2013: In September, we hope to offer an open on-line version of this course that will be available to students, alumni, and parents as auditors. We are creating "videopods" of the class lecture materials for selective viewing. More information will be forthcoming as we get closer to start of classes.
The core of a transformative Skidmore experience lies in real-time interaction with your professor. Arrive on time for class and ask questions. I take attendance every day. The purpose of the videopods is to help you better understand the material.
(Background: Modified version of Klaus Voorman's cover for Revolver.)

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