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An Introduction

MU106, Fall 2017
Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:10-12:30 (ELM, Zankel 117)
Office: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 (Zankel 209) or by appointment
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.
The core study materials will be a series of on-line lectures. View these before each class in order to be ready for discussion.
  1. First, find the subject matter to be discussed on the class schedule through the link at the bottom of this page.
  2. Second, go to and click on "Lectures" to find the material for each class meeting. The website also has sample quizzes in preparation for class quizzes.
  3. Listen to the lectures anc come to class ready to join the discussion. You can also invite your parents, friends, and relatives to watch the lectures and even to add their comments.
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 discussion format covering the history, structure, and texts of individuals and or individual recordings.
Assessment will be through (a) approximately biweekly quizzes, (b) class participation, (c) posts on the website, and (d) a paper on the Beatles and their repertoire.
Gordon Thompson, Department of Music, Skidmore College
(Background: Modified version of Klaus Voorman's cover for Revolver.)

Discography Schedule Requirements Bibliography