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.
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%