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'It uses every single facet of what you're taught in school' - Myleene Klass laments cuts to music education

PUBLISHED: 10:15 10 June 2018

Myleene Klass with her childhood piano teacher Babs Wright at her home in Lound in 2015. Photo: Archant

Myleene Klass with her childhood piano teacher Babs Wright at her home in Lound in 2015. Photo: Archant

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Musician Myleene Klass has added her voice to a chorus of concern over cuts to school music lessons.

The Gorleston-born performer and presenter has tagged as “a travesty” that it is seen as one of the “softer subjects.”

She is reported in the The Guardian as saying: “Because it’s not maths or English, not what are deemed the harder subjects, music doesn’t seem as important to so many.

“In fact, for me, it’s one of the most important subjects.

“It helped me with my algebra. It helps with your interpretation and learning of different languages. You’re working as a group. “It uses every single facet of what you’re taught at school.

“Yet it’s seen as one of the softer subjects, which is a travesty.”

Klass, who will co-host this year’s Classic Brit Awards on Wednesday June 13 is a former student of Cliff Park High School and Great Yarmouth College.

Between the ages of six and 13 she was taught piano by Dorothy “Babs” Wright in the tiny village of Lound, between Hopton and Lowestoft.

During these years she passed piano grades one to eight and theory to grade five.

Miss Wright was a pupil of Lound parish priest Dr Robert Lynton Sheilds and also taught piano to Myleene’s sister Jessie Lee and brother Don.

All three appeared on the Barrymore Show and played a French piece of music for six hands on the piano called The Secret.

Klass also sang with Miss Wright’s choir at Fritton and Ashby churches.

She rose to prominence in 2001 as part of Hear’Say, a band put together by the TV reality show Popstars and has since forged a successful solo career as a model, presenter, singer and musician.

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