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Maymester 2020 - Liverpool & London

The Beatles: Music & Culture

Image of The Beatles Liverpool and London

May 22, May 26 - June 5, June 12, 2020

MUS 390L The Beatles: Music and Culture
CRN: 41522
Instructor: Dr. Peter Schimpf,
Study the Beatles in London and Liverpool. This three-credit course explores the music and phenomenon of the Beatles in the environment that spawned them. The course consists of a mix of lectures and tours of the many homes, clubs, theaters, studios, and other sites that were central to the Beatles' development and career. Additional visits to the many museums in Liverpool provide a rich context to the influential and era-defining music of the Beatles. 

This course is open to all students, regardless of major, class standing, or music experience.


Detailed Course Schedule

May 22
10am-1pm, ARTS 293: Pre-travel session, reading discussion and trip orientation

May 26
Overnight: Travel from Denver to London, arrive approximately 10am on May 27 (meals included on flight)

May 27
8am-10am: Arrival in London (breakfast included on flight)           
10am-noon: Lunch and local travel
1pm-3pm: Tour of London
3pm-5pm: Orientation to the course meeting; hotel check-in
5pm: Dinner on your own, evening free

May 28
8am-9am: Breakfast (included) at hotel
10am-1pm: Beatles Walking Tour of London
1pm-3pm: Lunch on your own
3pm-6pm: Afternoon lecture and discussion with Dr. Schimpf at hotel
6pm: Dinner on your own, evening free 

May 29
7am-8am: Breakfast (included) at hotel
10:30am: Arrival in Liverpool via train, local travel to hotel
11am-2pm: Walking Tour of Liverpool, Albert Doc
2pm: Lunch on your own
3pm-6pm: Afternoon lecture and discussion, Dr. Schimpf at hotel
6pm: Group dinner (included) at local restaurant 

May 30
8am-9am: Breakfast (included) at hotel
10am-12pm: Visit the Beatles Story exhibition;
12pm: Included Welcome Lunch at the Beatles Story
1pm-7pm: Guided “Magical Mystery Tour” focusing on sights in the City associated with the Beatles; Visit the Casbah Coffee Club; Tour of the Cavern Club; Evening Walking tour of city’s live music venues
7pm: Dinner on your own, available during tour or after, evening free

May 31
8am: Breakfast (included) at hotel
9am-12pm: Visit the Museum of Liverpool (Guided)
12pm-2pm: Lunch on your own
2pm-6pm: UK Museum of Popular Music
6pm: Dinner on your own, evening free 

June 1-3
8am-10am: Breakfast (included) at hotel
10am-12pm: Lecture with Dr. Michael Brocken at the Beatles Story
12pm-2pm: Lunch on your own         
2-4pm: Lecture with Dr. Michael Brocken at the Beatles Story
4pm-6pm: Dinner on your own
6pm-8pm: Evening walking tour of Beatles sites in Liverpool

June 4
8am-9am: Breakfast (included) at hotel
9am-3pm: Visit childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney preserved by The National Trust (lunch included during the tour)
3pm-5pm: Lecture and discussion, Dr. Schimpf
5pm: Group dinner (included) at local restaurant 

June 5
8am: Breakfast (included) at hotel
9am: Travel to Manchester, return flight to Denver, arrive in Denver in the evening (meals included on flight)      

June 12
10am-1pm, ARTS 293: Post-travel discussion and student presentations



The basic fee in addition to tuition for a three-credit course is $3,975. This fee includes flights, hotels, taxes, daily breakfast, one lunch, two dinners, and all fees associated with transportation, tours, and museums. If 15 or more students enroll for the course, the cost goes down to $3,465. Additional costs include meals not listed above, travel insurance ($75), a passport if you do not currently have one ($145), and any extra money you might need for souvenirs, etc.  

Timeline for Registration
February 5, 2020: $500 deposit due
March 5, 2020: $1,737.50 first installment due
April 5, 2020: $1,737.50 second installment due

For more information about the tuition cost and refund policy, see the MUS 390L The Beatles: Music and Culture Course Syllabus.

Registration Information

Students interested in taking this course must complete the following steps:

  1. Reserve a spot in the course by filling out the Reservation Form below. This reservation should be submitted by February 4, 2020. After submitting the form, you will receive detailed information about the course and the timeline. 

  2. When summer registration opens (February 24 - March 4, 2020), register for the course MUS 390L The Beatles: Music and Culture, CRN 41522.


If you have any questions or would like more information before reserving your spot in this course, please contact Dr. Peter Schimpf,


Reservation Form

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