Woman Earns Master's Degree in Beatles Studies

Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy is the first recipient of a new graduate studies program at Liverpool Hope University that focuses on the work of The Beatles:

The launch of the unique MA in Beatles, Popular Music and Society was a world first when it took its first class. Zahalan-Kennedy was the first to accept her degree in person from the university.

The course looks at the studio sound and composition of the Beatles and how Liverpool helped to shape their music. The MA examines the significance of their music and how it helped to define identities, culture and society.

Mike Brocken, founder and leader of the Beatles MA at Liverpool Hope University, 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."

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Link | University Website | Photo: AP

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I'm sure she had fun earning the degree even if she won't be able to find a job using it. Except...maybe a music teacher in an elementary school? That would be pretty sweet.
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vonskippy wins at the internets!!!

Sweet cheese and rice, what a useless waste of time and money. So aside from some academic post in a small local college, what the heck would you do with that??? Good thing the students in the UK have been protesting education's rising costs lately. You don't want to deprive them of those valuable Beatles degrees.
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If you use a degree as a yardstick for "this person can study" then it's great. If you want to actually teach someone advanced skills they'll later use in a career, I can't imagine what she'll be find herself doing with it.
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