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Thank you for your interest in popular music in the music theory classroom. Can you tell me a little bit about your program?

I do have a Powerpoint presentation on, “Harmonic Progression in the Music of the Beatles.” I would be happy to share this with you and others. In the presentation there are embedded audio and video clips as well as transcriptions of the music. It always interested me as just why this music is so special. I looked at every song in the released recorded catalogue and created a database on the chord movements. Now, these progressions would not be approved on an AP Music exam (!), but they do inspire creative thinking in the compositional process. Music theorist and author Walter Everett was an inspiration for this study. I will be happy to send the DVD with this file to you and all that respond to this blog.