Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Want A Beatles Master’s Degree?

I’m all for education and I think everyone should expand their knowledge as much as possible. I’ve also noticed recently, perhaps in part because I’m applying to grad school, that there are a lot of different offerings for master’s programs. The old running joke about getting a degree in basket weaving? It’s very possible that some college or university actually offers that.

Which brings me to Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy, a Canadian woman who teaches music at Seridan College in Oakville, Ontario. She recently became the first person to graduate from a Liverpool university’s master’s program on The Beatles. I have to wonder what would motivate her to seek a diploma on a specific band. After all, she wasn’t a Beatles fanatic prior to taking her courses.

“I mean, I certainly liked their music, but I hadn’t read every book ever written on them,” she said Wednesday in a phone interview from Liverpool.

Zahalan-Kennedy plans to use her knowledge to teach a course on the band and will draw on music by The Beatles as well as other popular music.

Now, of course, she knows enough about them to teach a class, which she intends to do at Sheridan in the fall. Zahalan-Kennedy said she is working on an undergraduate popular music course that will draw heavily on what she learned in the program. She also stated that her work in the program wasn’t all puff.

It involves much more than “just being a Beatles fan and listening to their music all day,” Zahalan-Kennedy said. “It’s really about history and genres of music and semiotics, which is the language of music and … how communities are forged with different identities happening because of the way music is delivered,” she said.

Personally, I think it’s great that she’s gone after this degree. It isn’t something that would interest me enough to spend the money on a master’s program, but clearly it’s working for a handful of others. If you’d like to further your education, check out Midwestern State University or other colleges and universities in our area. Chances are you won’t regret it.

To see the full article click here.

The Beatles

Best of 92.9 NIN

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for 92.9 NIN VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive 92.9 NIN VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.