The Beatles: a legacy for music education
It never ceases to surprise me how little use we make of one of our richest musical legacies – the music of the Beatles. They are widely acknowledged as being one of the greatest and most significant musical landmarks of the 20th century, so you would think we would constantly dip into this treasure trove for music making.
Yet there are virtually no classroom resources that really get under the bonnet and explore ways of working with the Beatles’ musical ideas. We have the occasional singalong to ‘Yellow Submarine’ or ‘Let it Be’, but it does not go much further than that. Yet we all have filing cabinets full of worksheets on reggae, blues, Britpop and so on.
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