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Article: Woman Earns First Masters Degree In Beatles Studies


Woman Earns First Masters Degree In Beatles Studies

A woman from Canada has earned the first degree in Beatles Studies from the Liverpool Hope University. A former Miss Canada finalist, Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy was one of the first 12 students to sign up for the course when it was first held in 2009.

Says the woman on her achievement,

"I am so proud. 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 unique masters degree in Beatles, Popular Music and Society was a world’s first. Zahalan-Kennedy was the first to accept her degree in person from the university. The course examines the studio sound and composition styles of the Beatles and how the town Liverpool helped to shape their music. Students also examined the significance of the band’s music and how it helped to define identities, culture, and society at the time. Founder and leader of the Beatles Master of Arts course at Liverpool Hope University, Mike Brocken, said the postgraduate degree makes Zahalan-Kennedy a member of a select group of popular music experts. "Mary-Lu now joins an internationally recognized group of scholars of popular music studies who are able to offer fresh and thought-provoking insights into the discipline of musicology," he said. What do you think of this degree? Should there be more of these types of courses at schools or do you find it more or less useless?

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