Weller Slams 'Antiquated' British Music Lessons

PAUL WELLER has attacked his native Britain's "antiquated" way of teaching kids about music - urging teachers to modernise lessons. The GOING UNDERGROUND hitmaker has teamed up with education activists at Save The Music in an effort to prompt schools in America and Britain to revamp musical curriculums. Weller got involved with the cause when he realised his own children were being taught the same outdated things he grew up with when he was a kid. He says, "It's still (percussion instrument) triangles and KUMBAYA, which I guess for tiny kids is all right. But for older kids... it needs to be updated. You need to hook kids on something contemporary." Weller admits he would never have been a musician if his only training had come with the classes he took at school. He adds, "My older kids learned stuff that I was learning 35 years ago... It doesn't make sense to me now, and it didn't make sense to me 35 years ago, either." Weller admits he got into music at 14 when his parents bought him an electric guitar and he learned to play with the help of a chord book.


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Go Weller! I did GCSE Music at school 7 years ago and I learnt nothing usefull from it. I learnt all I know about music from doing a contempory popular music course at a recording studio/college when I left school and from going out on the music sceene. They need to get people interested in contempory music from a young age. There was 10 people out of 350 people in my year that GCSE music this needs to change! I hope it has by the time my children are at secondry school!
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