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19th May, 2015

Discovery: Beatles music lessons to be taught in British classrooms

Discovery: Beatles music lessons to be taught in British classrooms

Fifty years after The Beatles started recording Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, students will begin studying the album as part of a refreshed Music GCSE from AQA. Seb Ross, who leads AQA's music department, said: "We've chosen The Beatles because John, Paul, Ringo and George helped to define popular music and the iconic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album has taken on a life of its own, so it's an exciting addition to AQA's Music GCSE." For the first time, students will study three tracks from one of The Beatles' most critically acclaimed records: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, With a Little Help from My Friends and Within You, Without You. As part of the teaching for the course, students will be asked to look at the various aspects which make up the songs - including the melody, harmony, structure, rhythm and the meaning behind the music and lyrics.

The Discovery Zone: Children at the Beatles Story, Albert Dock

Shelley Ruck, Education Officer at the Beatles Story, said: "It’s great news that The Beatles will be on the GCSE curriculum and it offers us a great opportunity to attract more high schools to visit the Beatles Story and the city of Liverpool. Musically, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is one of the most influential albums of all time so lends itself perfectly for in-depth theoretical analysis." "The education department will be developing talks, music sessions and lyric workshops delivered by Beatles specialists, targeted specifically at KS3 and KS4. This will enhance our current education offer beyond KS1 and KS2. The Beatles were considered to be the birth of popular music and their influence is as relevant to teenagers today as it was back in the 1960s."

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