The Beatles and You

The Composition, Performance, and Recording of Their Classic Songs

Due to unforseen circumstances, the 2024 “The Beatles & You” Program has been canceled. Check back in November 2024 for information on next summer’s program.

Join a completely online, five-day workshop in the interpretation, performance, and recording of the music of the Beatles. Faculty members Walter Everett (author of The Beatles as Musicians), Cameron Greider (guitarist with Sean Lennon and Joan Baez), and Jack Petruzzelli (founding member of the Fab Faux and keyboardist with Patti Smith) work closely with participants in studying compositional methods, listening thoughtfully to, and recreating the music and lyrics they love best. 

This season, they and their guests offer the course, “The Beatles and You: The Composition, Performance, and Recording of Their Classic Songs,” bringing many decades of collective experience in analyzing, teaching, playing, and recording the most important music of the 20th century. Participants choose from among various levels of involvement: multimedia lecture-demonstrations, lively small-group discussions, and / or a masterclass recording project for instrumentalists and singers.

Program Dates: June 3 – June 7, 2024

Application Deadline: May 1, 2024

See below for tuition information, as well as application requirements


Walter Everett

Beatles & You - Walter EverettProfessor Emeritus of Music

Walter Everett is Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan. He is the author of The Beatles as Musicians: The Quarry Men through Rubber Soul (Oxford University Press, 2001), The Beatles as Musicians: Revolver through The Anthology (Oxford, 1999), The Foundations of Rock: From “Blue Suede Shoes” to “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” (Oxford, 2009), and, co-authored with Tim Riley, What Goes On: The Beatles, Their Music and Their Time (Oxford, 2019). His latest book is Sex and Gender in Pop/Rock Music (Bloomsbury, 2023). He has also edited the book, Expression in Pop-Rock Music: Critical and Analytical Essays (Routledge Press, 2007), and published 34 peer-reviewed analytical journal articles and book chapters on the Beatles, other pop-rock music, and other topics (most found at Walt has taught college-level courses on the Beatles since 1981 and has addressed audiences throughout the world about their music.

Cameron Greider

The Beatles & You - FacultyGuitarist / Producer / Composer

Cameron Greider is a guitarist, producer, and composer who has worked with Joan Baez, Chris Cornell, Natalie Merchant, Sean Lennon, Freedy Johnston, Rufus Wainwright, P.M. Dawn, and many others.  He has performed on the Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, and the Late Show with Conan O’Brien, and has worked with top-tier producers like Butch Vig, T Bone Burnett, and Steve Lilywhite. A graduate of Yale University, he also attended the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program and studied music theory, conducting, and composition at the Mannes School.  He loves to teach and write arrangements of classical pieces for High Low Duo, his two-electric-guitar group with Jack Petruzzelli.

Jack Petruzzelli

Beatles & You - guest facultyMusician

Jack Petruzzelli (available evenings online during the program) is a seasoned touring and recording musician. As a multi-instrument performer, producer, and songwriter, he has had the privilege of working with a variety of artists that include Patti Smith, Ian Hunter, Joan Osborne, Rufus Wainwright, and Sara Bareilles. In the studio, Jack has collaborated with artists ranging from platinum award winners to unknown sensations. He co-produced Joan Osborne’s album Bring It On Home, which was nominated for Best Blues album of the year at the 2012 Grammy Awards. He is a founding member of The Fab Faux, a critically acclaimed, nationally touring Beatles tribute band (that doesn’t dress up). In 2017, he released his debut solo album, Lake Songs, under the pseudonym Jack Snax.

Tuition Information

Tuition for the 2024 “The Beatles & You” Program is $350. This covers all costs / access to all digital portions of the program.

Application Requirements

For program consideration, all application materials must be received by the application deadline of May 1, 2024

To apply to the 2024 “Beatles And You” Program, you must complete the online application and pay the $50 non-refundable application fee.  For specific track requirements, pelase see below:

    • An unlimited number of spots are available to participate in the workshop morning sessions. Participation is open to anyone ages 18 and older.
  • TRACK 1: READING & DISCUSSION (maximum 25 participants)
    • Participants should submit a “statement of interest” as to why they are interested in this program, as well as 10 (ten) “Beatles” songs they would be interested in covering during the program. All materials can be attached to the workshop application.
  • TRACK 2: MASTER CLASS AND RECORDING PROJECT (maximum 20 participants)
    • Open to instrumentalists and singers from beginning to advanced levels. Some familiarity with recording software (e.g. GarageBand) is helpful but not required.

For questions about the application process, please contact Engagement & Outreach Staff via email at [email protected].

2024 Program Highlights


Participants of the 2024 “Beatles And You” Program can expect the following program highlights. Note that all times are listed in Eastern Standard Time


Multimedia lecture, demonstrations and round table, open to all registrants:

10:00 AM-11:00 AM TIME SLOT

Walter Everett will present on the processes involved in the creation of some of the Beatles’ greatest songs, and what aspects of the song’s inner musical workings (in terms of vocal and instrumental sound, rhythm, melody and harmony, and formal patterns) relate most effectively to the lyrics, to songs by others that influenced them, and to a larger context in the Beatles’ lives and the world around them. Topics will include presentations based on selections from the following themes:

  • Specific Pop, R&B, and Rockabilly Borrowings in the Beatles’ First Five Singles
  • The Beatles’ “Day Tripper”: A Tortured Stretching of the Twelve-Bar Blues
  • “And Your Bird Can Sing”: John Lennon as Spiritual Guide
  • High Art Born of Deep Crisis: The Composition and Recording of “Strawberry Fields Forever” 
  • The Beatles’ Recording Process in “A Day in The Life”
  • Children of Nature: Origins of the Beatles’ Tabula Rasa
  • “Revolution 9”: The Creation of John Lennon’s Guernica
  • The Ways of Melodic Function in Abbey Road

11:15 AM-12:15 PM TIME SLOT

From their perspectives as touring and recording artists, Cameron Greider and Jack Petruzzelli present master classes on the Beatles’ performance practices on keyboards and guitars, drawing from a wide range of their songs, in lively discussion with live performances. Special guests from the world of Beatles performance and scholarship may appear. Possible topics include:

  • The roots of George Harrison’s lead lines in country, rockabilly, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll
  • The influence of world music—India and elsewhere
  • Quirks and mysteries of the Beatles’ recording process
  • John Lennon’s rhythm guitar styles
  • The bass playing of Paul McCartney

*A final schedule will be sent to participants prior to the start of the workshop

2024 Program Highlights


Participants of the 2024 “Beatles And You” Program can expect the following program highlights. Note that all times are listed in Eastern Standard Time


Afternoon sessions are divided into two different tracks. Please be sure to read options available to participants for both tracks.

Track 1: “Words Are Flowing Out”: Analysis and Discussion Seminar

12:30-3:00 PM – Online chat among participants based on given prompts, content of morning sessions, short readings with deeper musical analysis or cultural context, and video postings.

3:00-4:15 PM – Walt Everett leads real-time Zoom discussion among all participants, prompted by chat posts, participants’ interests and questions, and other ideas to be shared.

  • Optional short essay writing, with detailed responses from Walt, that can lead to a collection to be shared amongst participants soon after the conclusion of the course.

Track 2: “And the Band Begins to Play”: Master Class and Recording Project

Record your own Beatles cover with a virtual band made up of musicians at your level, from all over the country (or the world).  You’ll receive a GarageBand project with all the individual instrument and vocal parts to a Beatles song, plus charts and videos showing how they’re played. (Multitrack files and tutorial videos will be shared in advance to give you time to prepare.) Cameron and Jack will coach you through playing and recording the part you choose, and will then mix it together with your bandmates’ tracks for a virtual band recording for players of any instrument or singers; all experience levels from beginner to advanced are welcome!

Contact Us

Office of Engagement & Outreach-Youth & Adult Programs
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Stearns Building │ 2005 Baits Drive │ Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: (734) 936-2660
Email: [email protected]

Engagement & Outreach Staff monitors emails and phone lines at the following times
Sunday – Thursday, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EST