The surprising musical instrument parents want children to learn

The idea of ​​listening to out of tune chords may not sound ideal. But, contrary to popular belief, most parents want their children to learn a musical instrument.

A new study conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the Guitar Center surveyed 2,000 Americans about their musical choices for their children – with surprising results.

The survey revealed that 82% of parents think it is important for their child to learn to play an instrument, even if the recorder was not their first choice.

The instrument that 18% of parents most want to hear at home is the piano.

However, the surprising #2 choice, according to 17% of respondents, is – drum roll, please – the dulcet tones of the drum, followed closely by the violin (16%).

It’s true: one in six parents want their children to learn to play the drums.

When it comes to what kids themselves want, it’s a potentially explosive choice: the most popular instrument is the electric guitar, according to 22% of parents surveyed.

Most parents wanted their children to receive a musical education.
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More than half – 1,200 – of parents surveyed said they had played at least one instrument in their lifetime.

The survey found that one in four Americans can play an instrument – with 17% picking up old musical habits during the coronavirus pandemic and 37% saying they had learned an instrument in the past but don’t play currently nothing.

A quarter of respondents said they had never learned an instrument and only 9% of parents said their children had not yet shown interest in learning an instrument.

In addition, 26% believe that music education should be encouraged at school and 29% believe that it should be compulsory or a priority at school.

Top 10 most popular instruments

  • Piano/keyboard: 27%
  • Acoustic guitar: 20%
  • Violin: 19%
  • Electric guitar: 18%
  • Battery: 18%
  • Voice/singing: 18%
  • Saxophone: 17%
  • DJ gear: 16%
  • Trumpet: 16%
  • Low: 16%

Top 10 Instruments Parents Want Their Kids To Learn

  • Piano/keyboard: 18%
  • Battery: 17%
  • Violin: 16%
  • Electric guitar: 15%
  • Acoustic guitar: 14%
  • Trumpet: 14%
  • Flute: 13%
  • Percussion: 13%
  • Voice/singing: 13%
  • Saxophone: 13%

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