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 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 kids 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%