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The Kids Are Alright! Guitar Now More Popular Than Violin

Published: Thu September 18, 2014  News Feed
Britain is truly a "rock'n'roll" nation! More kids now play electric guitar than the violin, a new survey has found. New figures from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music suggest a new music learning boom, with more kids than ever playing a musical instrument. This is great news for anyone involved with Music Education.

The Kids Are Alright! More kids are playing guitar and other instruments than before

The electric guitar is enjoying a comeback, and 13% of five to 17-year olds play the instrument, compared with 12% who play the violin. However, out of the 1,726 children interviewed for the survey, 30% play the keyboard, making it the most popular instrument.

Back in 1999, only 41% of kids aged 5 to 14 told researchers they knew how to play an instrument, compared to 76% of children today. These figures suggest a new music education boom in Britain! There's also been an increase on kids learning more than one instrument, according to the survey.

By coincidence, one of our followers on Twitter, Lucy Lawson (@amypoops) just posted a pic this week, of her daughter who's starting to learn the acoustic guitar this week:

Lucy Lawson's daughter, learning the guitar

Like many parents, Lucy thinks music education is very important, and told us: "I think playing the guitar is seen as cool, is proven to improve memory and helps in concentration and in subject areas like maths! I just think playing any I instrument will bring years of pleasure and only help all round!"

May this music lesson boom carry on for long, and the kids will be alright...

Top instruments 2014
  1. Keyboard 30%
  2. Piano 28%
  3. Recorder 28%
  4. Classical guitar
  5. Drum kit 14%
  6. Electric Guitar 13%
  7. Violin 12%
  8. Percussion 6%
  9. Bass Guitar 5%
Source ABRSM

Are you an educator? Check the Dolphin Music Education section on our website, to learn how we can help you / your school!

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