Karaoke a sour nore for musicians;Letter

12th June 1998 at 01:00
WOULD Paula Clark, who is taking the first further education course in karaoke singing (FE Focus, TES, May 22) be happy if, on completion of her PGCE, she found that a person with a grade B GCSE in music, or, even worse, a machine was chosen for a post for which she had applied? I think not.

However, this is the position in which many musicians have found themselves since the dreaded karaoke landed on these shores. She might be better disposed to encouraging people to become instrumentalists.

In respect of her claim that alcohol and good singing do not mix, she is right. However, she would be wise to consider the reaction of the licensees if the local karaoke "crooners" decided not to drink the already overpriced lagers.

Musicians who have spent years mastering their instruments have too often become unemployment victims due to the introduction of this machine. FE is constantly being told of how it should prepare people for the workplace. As musicians, many of our workplaces are those places where other individuals spend their leisure time.

Bury College, on this issue, should not be so self-congratulatory in appealing to the lowest common denominator. As a former student of her college I feel that they would do better to maintain their high academic standards.

Philip Mahon

Kent Drive

Bury, Lancashire

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