2023 Fall

Classes are free  with your  UMASC Membership


Six Riffs on the Beatles

Instructor: Bob Tredwell

Fridays • 6 classes • 9/22-10/27 • 1:00-3:00 PM

Class size 5-25 students
16 seats remaining
Location: Zoom only

If, like me, you grew up listening to the “big bands” from the time around WWII, the music of the sixties is a bit of a puzzle: it is familiar, but alien.  Peter, Paul and Mary and the other folk singers are still “our” music.  But something happens with Twist and Shout, and suddenly everything is different. This course is one old piano-player’s attempt to listen closely to unfamiliar popular music. What was it about, and just how had the times changed?

The six sessions are (tentatively):  “Here, There, and Everywhere”, “Twist and Shout”, “Here Comes the Sun”, “Something”, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Long and Winding Road”, and “Penny Lane”.

Bob Tredwell has taught Senior College courses from code-breaking to herring fishing. Previously unknown to his fans, in his youth he took music lessons from the pit-pianist at the local burlesque theater and found sympathy throughout college by his piano playing. Now too old and stiff to play, he can at least reflect on the popular music of the first half of the last century.