Jake Bugg criticises music education in the United Kingdom

Singer-songwriter says students should be given guitars by schools

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Jake Bugg has criticised the approach to music education in the UK, saying that students should be given instruments by their schools.

Bugg spoke out on the issue if education alongside Katy B and members of Drenge, Palma Violets and Swim Deep as part of NME's Young Britannia cover feature. You can read the full interview in this week's issue, available digitally and on newsstands now.

Asked for what he thinks the meaning of education is, Bugg says: "I failed my GCSE music theory test. Teachers should be giving kids guitars, giving them instruments instead of teaching them what a fucking semi-quaver is. It might be useful to know but it's not what is really important: music comes from the soul. Even if it's just three chords, if you're being honest and singing about something that means something to you, that's what music is about."

"Let kids pick up an instrument and discover it for themselves and enjoy it," he added. "I got bored of music at school. I hated it. For working class bands it's hard to find time to practise because you've all got to have jobs. School's that time when you're all together and you have got that place."

Bugg is set to release his second album, 'Shangri La', on November 18. The follow-up to last year's self-titled debut is named after Rick Rubin's Malibu studio, where the 19 year old singer-songwriter recorded the album. Rubin produced the album, and it features Jason Lader on bass, Matt Sweeney on guitar and Pete Thomas [The Attractions] on drums.

Jake Bugg embarks on a sold-out tour of the UK and Ireland next month and into November, including three dates at London's O2 Academy Brixton on October 23, 24 and 25.

Jake Bugg will play:

Bournemouth BIC (October 19)
Plymouth Pavilions (20)
Brighton Centre (22)
London O2 Academy Brixton (23, 24, 25)
Swindon Oasis (27)
Birmingham O2 Academy (28, 29)
Glasgow O2 Academy (31, November 1)
Doncaster Dome (November 2)
Dublin Olympia Theatre (4, 5)
Manchester O2 Apollo (6)
Doncaster Dome (9)
Birmingham O2 Academy (10)
Liverpool Cavern (11)
Blackpool Empress Ballroom (12)
Manchester O2 Apollo (13)


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