Mar 08, 2016
I have always been curious about the beginnings of the Beatles and in fact I have been playing and singing some of their popular songs. I'm glad there is a free on line course about them.
Jan 31, 2020
Incredibly rich class, so much to learn and appreciate. I enjoyed the story arc employed by the professor, as well as the examples, song close up, and information about song structure.
교육 기관: Bill M•
Nov 05, 2019
I was 17 in 1963 and had just started playing guitar in a band with friends in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Before the release of Love Me Do we pretty much copied Cliff Richard and the Shadows who were the big thing in the UK at that time. Love Me Do smouldered in the charts but Please Please Me led to an explosion. We were in the 2nd front row of the stalls at the Glasgow Odeon for the Beatles 1964 winter tour which consisted of a number of acts culminating with the Beatles who were on for about 20 minutes. I've never experienced anything like it -- pure hysteria and that was just the men!! We couldn't hear a thing above the screaming -- they could have been singing anything.I enjoyed this course having lived through the times myself. I enjoyed John's style and found him to be thoughtful, informative and pretty accurate for an American who presumably only became aware of the Beatles after the Ed Sullivan Show. The only real weakness is no music and no lyrics. Now Beatles music is freely available on iTunes surely Universities can negotiate the ability to include this in their courses.
Best wishes from Bill Murray
교육 기관: Susan E B•
Nov 21, 2017
The instructor was clearly enthusiastic, but was sometimes difficult to follow; so, I usually read the transcriptions as he spoke. I found him to be jumping from one topic to another often enough that I found it distracting and disruptive to the flow of the lesson (i.e., saying, something such as "but I'll come back to that later" and so on). Despite this, I found this to be a really interesting course and enjoyed learning things I did not know, and being reminded of those things and the songs, that I did know. Thanks!
교육 기관: Helen T•
Nov 20, 2017
I enjoyed the course although the lack of being able to listen to the actual songs because of copyright was a bit disappointing. I did find the transcripts contained many spelling errors - Beetles, The Monkeys (Monkees), ten pan alley (Tin Pan Alley etc). Overall though a very enjoyable discussion on the music of the Beatles and side notes on the roles of Brian Epstein, George Martin etc.
교육 기관: mike•
Oct 30, 2017
The pacing of the course is uneven. It is quite light in the beginning to get you going and then get much heavier near the end. The quizzes are simple and very difficult to fail. As long as you keep notes that you can review you'll be fine. I do have a better understanding of Beatles music after taking this course. It would be nice to have media included but I understand why it isn't.
교육 기관: Joe R G•
Nov 20, 2016
An excellent overview of the Fab Four's career, with a focus on the songwriting. It would be better if the real music and lyrics could be used and if there were more video and anecdotes incorporated into the storytelling (even if it wasn't the Beatles themselves, but other voices lending their thoughts).
교육 기관: Diego T•
Mar 31, 2017
Un curso sobre la música de THE BEATLES sin apartes musicales o de video se torna aburrido en algunas lecciones ya que tiene el estudiante que cambiar de página web (sea you tube, spotify etc.) para escuchar las canciones y entender las explicaciones que el profesor detallaba.
En contenido excelente.
교육 기관: Julia T•
Sep 22, 2017
I would have loved to see pictures or accompanying video (but I understand there are copyright laws as discussed in the beginning... It is a shame that it couldn't be used for educational purposes though hehe. Good thing I have all the Beatles music at hand anyways.)
교육 기관: Jim R•
Apr 16, 2018
Muy buen curso, aprendí bastante y logré dimensionar el avance la música a través de la experiencia de los Beatles. Me hubiese gustado oír un poco más en cuanto al trabajo de George Martin o Geoff Emerick, pero en general el curso está genial!
교육 기관: Jaime R•
Nov 01, 2019
Excellent course, maybe it should go deeper in composition, beside the analysis of form. Harmony for instance. Thanks a lot, it was a thrill.
교육 기관: Ewan K•
Jul 29, 2017
Had lots of fun, great course. Good insight into the history of the Beatles, now I can enjoy the albums in a new light, Thank you Professor.
교육 기관: Fok s k•
Nov 01, 2016
The course is great and it helps me in understanding and appreciating their music.
교육 기관: Evelyn G•
Feb 10, 2018
Muy interesante, en especial para quienes amamos la música de los Beatles.
교육 기관: Heather M•
Apr 30, 2018
Very interesting course, especially if you are interested in the Beatles.
교육 기관: Felipe R•
Apr 17, 2016
Buen curso, bien detallado y organizado. Muy bueno.
교육 기관: Luc L•
Dec 21, 2016
Really enjoyed learning about The Beatles
교육 기관: Antonio R M•
Apr 16, 2017
교육 기관: Sokrates V•
Aug 26, 2015
That was great!
교육 기관: Jose C P•
May 24, 2017
교육 기관: Todd S V•
Sep 05, 2018
The course was ok. For a free (or $50) course that is based on True False and Multiple Guess questions drawn from the instructor's videos, it isn't bad. Regrettably, with all the music, reference materials, etc. out there, the course could be so much better! No true, required discussion forums, no research, no papers, no essay questions. The recommended reading materials are an excellent foundation. Too bad they aren't needed for the course (as everything is predicated on the videos). Perhaps University of Rochester (or some other Coursera community center of learning) could offer something a bit more thought provoking and educationally stimulating for "advanced" Beatles Fans? Peace and Love.
교육 기관: Chingiz S•
Jun 14, 2016
Apparently, the instructor is well-informed in the history of the band.
Nevertheless, information is delivered in a huge portions, sometimes cluttered and it s easy to lost in the narrative.
Sound quality is bad (the volume is jumping sometimes and there is a lot of noise)
May I suggest that you provide a short arts of songs you are talking about?
I understand, there are copyright issues, but still, something should be done about it.
All in all, I wish to enroll in the second, improved release of this course
교육 기관: yaoyaoholiday•
Mar 09, 2017
The professor is very knowledgable. However, the course has too much memorized stuff to remember (especially when students try to finish the tests). One more thing, though at the beginning of the class, the professor notified that Beatles songs won't be played in the class due to copyright reason, but when students really go through the whole class, it is very hard to follow. Isn't music all about feeling? But the class is more like a history class. : (
교육 기관: Eylül K•
Mar 18, 2017
The content of the course is very nice. Especially the part about the instruments is very good. It's good to see exact instruments of them. Hovewer, I think, a course about music should include a little bit music :) It will be better to figure out the problem about copyright. I prepared a Spotify list that includes the songs mentioned during the course but It's better to listen the music or see the lyrics during the course.
Thank you very much :)
교육 기관: Anthony P•
Dec 08, 2015
I'm grateful to the professor for constructing and delivering this course. I learned a few things but the lack of musical analysis was a disappointment. I know that form is important but there was no mention of modulation, chord progressions or cadence styles (John versus Paul). I feel the course should have been titled The History of the Beatles.
교육 기관: marc b•
Nov 27, 2016
Clearly, the instructor is passionate about the Beatles (as am I). However it's really hard to talk about the music of the Beatles and not nine able to even quote from their songs, much less play their music! No songs, no music for fear of being sued!
Takes a good deal away from the course!
교육 기관: Glenn M•
Jun 27, 2016
You can't have a "Music of the Beatles" course without playing some of the music. Surely under the Fair Use provisions of the Copyright Act parts of the Beatles music could be played as well as parts of YouTube