Yes, you read the headline correct! A brand new, creative and exciting course is coming to the hometown of The Beatles and we have the University of Liverpool and their Department of Music to thank.
This postgraduate course is titled MA in The Beatles: Music Industry and Heritage and it will be launched in September 2021.
The master’s programme is the first of it’s kind in the world and will look at the cultural creative legacy of The Beatles. It will look at the band, their music and their story and how these three areas all inextricably connected within creative and cultural industries such as music, media, social media, tourism and heritage.
The Programme Leader of the programme and researcher, Dr Holly Tessler, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we are able to bring formal study of The Beatles to the University, the Department of Music and the Institute of Popular Music, the world’s first specialist centre for the study of popular music.”
“As The Beatles’ hometown, the city of Liverpool is uniquely placed to study both the historical and ongoing influence of the band, musically, culturally and industrially,” she continued.
The MA will give students a rare insight into The Beatles and visit sites and venues that played a role in the career of the band in their early years. It is a course that will be of great interest to those who would like a career in the music industry but also in other areas including tourism, museums, galleries and the arts.
Speaking about the new programme, Head of Music at Liverpool, Professor Catherine Tackley said: “We are excited to welcome the first students to study the MA in The Beatles in 2021.”
The launch of the course comes at the same time as the opening of the Tung Auditiorium at the Yoko Ono Lennon Centre and Tackley says they “will extend the University’s contribution to the rich musical and cultural life of this city with which the Department of Music is closely associated.”
There is sheer excitement at the launch of the course. Senior lecturer, Dr Mike Jones, weighed in on the programme and said: “The introduction of The Beatles MA at last gives the University of Liverpool a framework to explore this deep, significant and lasting relationship.”
““Liverpool should be regarded not just as the birthplace of The Beatles, but their cradle. What The Beatles took to the world was, in part, Liverpool’s unique culture,” he explained.