Z401: The Music of The Beatles
Indiana University --
School of Music
An in-depth, song-by-song look at the music, lives and times of this
extraordinary group and songwriting partnership. Offered at
Indiana University since 1982, the course focuses on the
Beatles' music and is aimed at heightening student listening
skills as well as fostering a deeper appreciation for the Beatles'
remarkable recordings. The music is supplemented by a
multimedia course companion that provides biographical
information, audio and video clips and a closer look at the Beatles' songwriting
and recording process.
John and George, forever missed
Ringo, Todd Rundgren and Glenn, Oct. 2014
Tues & Thurs 7:15 - 9:15 in Ballantine Hall 013
Required text: "Can't Buy Me Love" by Jonathan Gould
Recommended Text: "The Beatles" by Hunter Davies
Listening: The Beatle albums are on reserve at the School of
Music Library and at the Media Center in the Main
for instructions on using the on-line reserve listening at the School of
Listening via Variations2 is also available for use at home (click
here for information and for software downloading and installation instructions).
Students will be responsible for knowing all of the Beatle albums, along
with the singles collected on the two Past Masters cd's.
Students are strongly encouraged to buy all of the Beatle CD's and have
them in your permanent collection.
Attendance is REQUIRED & will be a part of your grade, determined by attendance forms and quizzes.
Your course grade is derived from your test scores, pop quizzes and attendance.
The exams will be a mix of listening identification and short answer and essay questions
make-ups will be given without a documented and officially sanctioned excuse. Instead, students who must miss an exam will take a comprehensive makeup exam at the end of the semester, following the final exam. This option is also available to students who wish to use the makeup to take the place of a lower exam score (it cannot hurt your grade).
The grading scale is fixed and must remain so in a class this size in the interest of fairness. All requests to "round up" a score or receive extra credit will be regretfully declined. The grading scale is:
A+ = 98%; A = 93%; A- = 90%
B+ = 88%; B = 83%; B- = 80%
C+ = 78%; C = 73%; C- = 70%
D+ = 68%; D = 63%; D- = 60%
Please refer to course syllabus for semester-specific assignments, test dates and other information.
(Please Please Me, With the Beatles, Hard Day's Night & Beatles For Sale;
Gould though chapter 23
TEST TWO: Help!, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper; Gould ch. 24 - 38
TEST THREE (final exam): Magical Mystery
Tour, Yellow Submarine, White Album, Let It Be, Abbey Road; Gould ch. 39 - end
Note: the singles from Past Masters will also be included on the exams for
the appropriate period.
LAPTOPS, Texting, Twittering, have proven to be too detracting and will no be allowed in class.
Grades will be available via the Oncourse Gradebook.
In London: Summer IU Office of Overseas Studies course
Music in General Studies homepage
Beatle Sites in England:
Some WWW Beatle links:
- Glenn's interview with Beatle biographer Hunter
- Bill Harry's Merseybeat
online. Feedback and suggestions welcome and appreciated.
- Another guide to Beatle Locations
- Info on guided walking
tours of Beatle sites in London.
Liverpool Beatle locations site
- The official BEATLES website
- George's All Things Must Pass.
- Beatles Discography and Day-By-Day website.
- The Beatles
- Beatle lyrics
- Beatles Number 9 website,
a great site for archived interviews, books excerpts, history etc.
- The massive Beatles
- Beatle discography
triva quiz site.
- Beatle Fan Club Christmas Records.
Internet Beatles Recording Index: a fantastic central point for
cross-indexed information about every song
Steve's Beatle Page,
with lyrics and song info
Beatle Internet Resource Guide
- The Bootleg Zone, with
detailed information about Beatles recordings (and many other bands)
- Songsofbeales.com: song
lyrics and info
- Forever: A Tribute to
the Beatles (Beatles Tribute Band)
Peace a Chance, a John Lennon Tribute site.
Central, for chords and other music info for Beatle songs.
- The Complete Beatles UK
- The Usenet
Guideto Beatle Recording Variations
Beatles Ultimate Experience website
- The official Abbey Road Studios website
- Beatle City from
Merseyworld.com, with Liverpool guides, song lyrics, etc
- Beatle song
- Another song
Website, with song links, guitar chords,
biographical info, etc.
Beatles London News and Information Service
- Help! info website
- Operation Big Beat
anniversary celebration, November 2001.
Beatlescene International Fan Club
- Beatles 64 Liverpool
- Ottawa Beatles Site
- Subscribe to the World
Beatles Forum, a great newsletter from Canada
- Beatles Portal on
- The University of Liverpool Institute of Popular Music.
- The Liverpool Institute for
- A good Hamburg and
site of links
- David Rowley's "
Story of the Beatles Songs"
- Liverpool Books
- Visit the on-line
- The Ultimate Beatles
- Join the Beatles newsgroup (rec.music.beatles)
- Alan W. Pollack's
- The British Export webpage (a
Beatles tribute band).
- Wonderwall website
- The July
6, 1957 page
- "Help! In
the World"page from Spain
- Misc Saki
posts and facts
- Links to
worldwide Beatle homepages
- Here, There & Everywhere
- A great site from
Japan, with information on Japanese Beatle releases
- The Internet
Beatle album (click on song titles)
- A good John
magazines and related periodicals
- Some Beatle
- University of
Liverpool Beatle info site
virtual tour of Mathew Street, Liverpool
- The online Mathew Street Beatles
tourism info, with maps, etc.
guide to the real
Blue Jay Way
- A good page exploring the Paul Is
butcher cover page (click here to
see the butcher cover)
- A listing, with pictures of Beatle
stamps from around the world.
- Paul McCartney 1984 Playboy
- An account of meeting
the Beatles in 1968.
Day Sunshine tour with Beatle site
- A Beatle
- Liverpool Productions
Magical Mystery Tour to
Beatle concert ticket stub, Washington DC, 1966
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