The ABRSM have today released their report, Making Music which sheds light on what's popular in the UK among learners young and old. Amazingly, they say that 76% of UK children now know how to play an instrument, compared to 41% in 1999. Whilst it would of course be marvellous to see the other 24% also enjoying the wonderful world of music*, we should also take a moment to rejoice in this positive trend.
Here's the Top Ten Instruments Played by young learners according to the ABRSM, compared to its popularity rank in ( ) among those searching for tutors on FirstTutors.com:
So what does this mean? Well, at a glance we'd make the following observations:
If you're one of the 76%, well done, stay at it! If you've yet to give it a go, grab yourself a Penny Whistle and instructions for less than a fiver off Amazon, or if you want some help, you know where to find a tutor! :)
*We've been tweeting on how to give away your unwanted instruments, but in case you missed it, here's the link.
** Our users tend to search for 'Guitar' so we list both classical and electric together.