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Teach bleeps, rave, repeat

Dance music is often frowned upon or ignored in schools, but teachers are increasingly realising that this booming art form can impart worthwhile skills and even offer a viable career path, finds Dave Jenkins

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“The music teacher at my senior school was very open-minded and encouraging,” recalls Joe Lenzie, one half of the hugely successful drum and bass crossover act Sigma. “He let me and my brother perform a jungle remix of Pachelbel’s Canon in assembly when I was 11.”

Twenty-two years later, Lenzie performs jungle to crowds of thousands and has topped the charts on two occasions.

He credits his success to the early influence of his music teacher but believes such open-mindedness is rare. It would seem many agree that music education in schools does not do enough to embrace electronic music. ...

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