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The surprising musical instrument parents want kids to learn


The thought of listening to some off-key chords may not seem ideal. But, contrary to popular belief, most parents actually want their kids to learn a musical instrument.

A recent study conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Guitar Center surveyed 2,000 Americans about their musical selections for his or her children –with some surprising results.

The survey found that 82% of oldsters think it’s essential that their child learn to play an instrument — although the recorder was not their No. 1 pick.

The instrument 18% of oldsters most need to hear being practiced of their house is the piano.

Nonetheless, the surprising No. 2 pick, in response to 17% of respondents, is — drumroll, please — the dulcet tones of the drum, followed closely by the violin (16%).

That’s right: one in six parents want their children to learn to play drums.

So far as what the youngsters themselves want, it’s a potentially bombastic alternative: The highest instrument is the electrical guitar, in response to 22% of the parents polled.

Most parents were keen for his or her children to receive musical education. Guitar Center

Greater than half — 1,200 — of the parents surveyed said they’ve played at the least one instrument of their lifetime.

The survey revealed one among every 4 Americans can play an instrument — with 17% picking up old musical habits throughout the coronavirus pandemic and 37% saying they’d learned an instrument previously but don’t currently play anything.

1 / 4 of respondents said they’ve never learned an instrument and only 9% of oldsters said their children hadn’t yet expressed any interest in learning an instrument.

As well as, 26% imagine that music education must be encouraged in schools, and 29% think it must be required or prioritized in school.

Top 10 hottest instruments

  • Piano/keyboard: 27%
  • Acoustic guitar: 20%
  • Violin: 19%
  • Electric guitar: 18%
  • Drums: 18%
  • Voice/singing: 18%
  • Saxophone: 17%
  • DJ equipment: 16%
  • Trumpet: 16%
  • Bass: 16%

Top 10 instruments parents want kids to learn

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