Provider: University of Rochester at Coursera [course page]
Lecturer: John Covach
Subject: Music + History
Delivery: Intake-based asynchronous study
Recommended Load: 2-4 hrs/week over 6 weeks
Completion Date: 08/31/2014
“Being in the audience actually looks like quite a lot of fun.”
― Paul McCartney
“I’m not sleeping with all the women I appear with.”
― Ringo Starr
Description: John Covach discuss the rise and evolution of The Beatles.
Strengths: This is my second MOOC taught by John Covach. He is a rather personable fellow that is genuinely excited about music and music history. In The Music of The Beatles, he offers context for the music of The Beatles, such as influential people, places and events, in chronological and peripheral order. Although I knew some of the tidbits taught in this course already, there was a lot of stuff that I did not know. It was nice being able to make sense of what influenced their music.
Weaknesses: This is not an Entomology course.
Conclusion: As a child, my dad used to play a lot of music by The Beatles along with other bands. The Beatles may have broken up half a decade before I was born, but their music is till important 40 years later. We see how their songs made it possible for British artists to succeed in the USA market. John Covach really did offer some great insight into such an important group, also offering suggestions of good books about The Beatles and some tracks to listen to. I highly recommend any of John Covach’s courses for folks with a love of music and music history.