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All Ages View – Lessons from the Beatles

By Leia Johnson
At five years old, ‘Here Comes the Sun’ was my favorite song. As all do, I grew and changed, but my love for The Beatles was firm. Last Spring, I took the Modesto Junior College class regarding the history of the British group. ‘The Music of The Beatles’ covers the magnitude of the fab four’s influence, from albums, movies, groundbreaking projects and musicians today. Steve Grubbs, the professor of the class, uses every platform to conduct his teaching. He would play the original recording of a song, then show it with post-production, and hop over to the piano to break down the musicianship of the song. After understanding the notes, he would tell us who composed it and the meaning of symbolism in the song. Of course, we didn’t have to do that with all 237 songs, a lot of class time is dedicated to their influences in fashion and world politics.

This class meets Wednesday nights from 6-9 January 8th – April 28th and is highschool, college and adult friendly. If you’re in highschool, the class is free, so I highly suggest taking this great opportunity to see what a college class is like. It is also transferable in the UC and CSU systems. You must register this month on website using the section name, MMUSG-112-4196.

This was such a wonderful experience for me. It’s not a rigorous amount of work, so it’s ideal for working adults and most students. The professor is phenomenal and having taken the class, I have an abundance of knowledge about my favorite band! Apply Now!

In other events, if you’re in the mood for some wonderful live music, be sure to put November 18th on your calendar. Modestoview is co-hosting a Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tribute show at The State Theatre. Doors open at 6:00, advanced tickets are $15 at and tickets at the door are $20! Come celebrate a wonderful musician at an amazing venue. I hope you have a great month and get involved with Modesto’s music scene!

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