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    Thu, 27 Jan 2011 10:31:57

    Canadian Woman Earns Masters Degree in Beatles Studies - Music is an academic discipline, too!

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    A Canadian woman, who is an ex-Miss Canada finalist, has become the first person in the world to graduate with a master's degree in Beatles studies. Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy was one of the first 12 students to sign up for the Liverpool Hope University course on John, Paul, George and Ringo when it began in 2009 and was the first to graduate.

    "I am so proud of my achievement," Zahalan-Kennedy said. "The course was challenging, enjoyable and it provided a great insight into the impact the Beatles had and still have to this day across all aspects of life."

    The launch of the unique masters degree in Beatles, Popular Music and Society was a world-first when it took its first class. The course looks at the studio sound and composition of the Beatles and how Liverpool helped to shape their music. Students also examine the significance of their music and how it helped to define identities, culture and society. So it is a sociocultural look at music and how it is influenced by geographical regions and how location shapes sound.

    Would you take a Beatles course? Or do you think it's just rubbish?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    01.27.11




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