Today’s children ‘more likely’ to learn an instrument

New research has revealed that modern day children are more likely to learn to play a musical instrument than their parents’ generation, UK classical music festivals may be interested to hear.

According to the YouGov study, commissioned by the Philharmonia, 80% of children in the UK today would pick up an instrument compared with 63%, with the most popular choice emerging as the recorder.

Other instruments of choice included guitar and piano, while singing also emerged as a popular choice.

While it may not be surprising that the recorder is the first beginner instrument that children think to play, you might be surprised to hear what a versatile instrument it actually is – at last year’s Two Moors Festival Young Musicians competition, we had a recorder player in the final four who could make some seriously impressive sounds and who performed a truly brilliant piece mimicking the sounds of the forest.

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