It was 50 years ago today!

Ref: C2226659

While most people are aware of the Beatles, even 50 years on, many will have forgotten how the phenomenon of Beatlemania came about. The object will be to flesh out the pop scene of the time with particular reference to the promotion of music through foreign tours, recordings, film and TV. We will study the impact of studio technology and press promotion and explore the reasons for the demise of the group ( as a collective). Much work will be done on the creative work of contemporary poets, painters, composers and performers

Additional information about this course

Half term break on 20/02/2020

Course aim

The aim is to provide an introduction to the world of popular music in the 1960's and in particular the work of the group collectively known as The Beatles and the influence of American and English poets and painters

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • explore the subject through the perspective of the last 50 years and to develop new insights into their work
  • broaden the horizon and demonstrate how the initial impact of the recordings had on the wider influence and culture of our own time.
  • explain the social purpose of popular music and the impact on both teenagers ( and now as adults) in our own time
  • participate and engage with the learning community in debate on the 'how and why' of the phenomenon of Beatlemania
  • illustrate with confidence, understanding and skills how we can understand the wider implications of what we hear; and how the music of the 60's contributes to the culture of the 21st century

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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It was 50 years ago today!

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