CARTERVILLE - The timeless music of the Fab Four will be the subject of a new course offered this fall at John A. Logan College. The 16-week course, "Music and Americana - The Beatles," is available online and will be taught by the team of Terry Crain and Denis Junge.
Crain, dean of student services at Logan, is an avid Beatles fan with experience in online learning, and he believes the class will interest many students.
"We recently had a Beatles tribute concert on our campus, and it drew a huge crowd. I think that shows how popular their music still is," Crain said. "Many colleges and universities around the world are offering courses on the Beatles, and we wanted to share this subject in an online format with our students. We've structured the course to be educational and hopefully interesting."
Junge, a longtime psychology professor at Logan, designed and taught the first "Music and Americana" course at the college, and he has taught many other classes connected to the Americana theme. This is the first time the course will be devoted exclusively to the Beatles.
"I enjoy challenging students to explore different domains of higher learning using a popular topic," Junge said. "I think the Beatles are a good choice because of the enduring impact they've had on popular culture."
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Crain and Junge say the three-hour interdisciplinary course will study the band historically, from the mid-1950s to 1970 and beyond, and it will be infused with elements from the disciplines of music, history and psychology. It is a transferable general elective course.
For more information about the course, call Junge at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, ext. 8233, or Crain at ext. 8382. Registration for the fall semester at JALC begins in April.
TERRI CAMPBELL is a staff writer for Logan Media Services.