Dec. 3, 2020
University of Liverpool is launching MA in The Beatles
The University of Liverpool’s Department of Music is launching an MA in The Beatles: Music Industry and Heritage in September 2021.
This exciting new masters program is the first of its kind in the world and will examine the cultural and creative legacy of The Beatles. It will explore how The Beatles, their music and their story are inextricably bound up within creative and cultural industries including music, media and social media, tourism and heritage.
Program Leader for the MA and prominent researcher in this field, Dr Holly Tessler, says, “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.” She continues, “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.”
Head of Music at the University of Liverpool, Professor Catherine Tackley, comments, “The launch of this exciting new program coincides with the opening of the Tung Auditorium in the Yoko Ono Lennon Centre, through which we 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.“ Professor Tackley adds, “We are excited to welcome the first students to study the MA in The Beatles in 2021.”
The Department of Music has a history of expertise in The Beatles, and Senior Lecturer Dr Mike Jones, explains, “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 continues, “The introduction of The Beatles MA at last gives the University of Liverpool a framework to explore this deep, significant and lasting relationship”.
Students on this MA will gain invaluable insight into The Beatles with fascinating opportunities to visit sites and venues that formed an intrinsic part of the band members’ early years. It’s a great choice for those interested in pursuing a career in the music and creative industries, as well as other fields such as museums, galleries, tourism, leisure and the arts.
Applications for the MA in The Beatles: Music Industry and Heritage will open shortly – find out more and register here.
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Content added on 3rd December 2020.
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