Instruments played

Jun 30, 2020

Q. Do you play any of the following instruments in your home?

  Total Gender Age Group Education
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Secondary Education Professional Qualification University Education
Piano or keyboard 17% 20% 15% 25% 19% 9% 8% 13% 26%
Guitar 17% 24% 11% 25% 21% 7% 9% 13% 26%
Violin or other stringed instrument 7% 9% 5% 13% 7% 1% 3% 6% 10%
Drums or other percussion instrument 7% 10% 4% 12% 8% 1% 5% 3% 11%
Saxophone or other wind or brass instrument 6% 8% 4% 10% 8% 1% 1% 4% 11%
Other instrument 5% 6% 4% 7% 4% 4% 3% 5% 5%
None of these 66% 57% 73% 48% 63% 84% 81% 72% 51%
Base (n) 1,085 533 552 335 374 376 258 378 428
  • Two-thirds of participants don’t play an instrument in their home – those most likely to play any instrument are men (43%), 18-34 year olds (52%) and those with a university education (49%).
  • Piano, keyboard and guitar (17% each) are the most commonly played instruments.

 

Frequency play instruments

Jun 30, 2020

Q. How regularly do you play this instrument / these instruments in your home?

BASE: PLAY AN INSTRUMENT Total Gender Age Group
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Daily 21% 24% 16% 23% 25% 7%
More than once a week 38% 38% 37% 38% 35% 42%
2-3 times a month 20% 20% 21% 24% 21% 10%
Once a month or less 17% 15% 21% 13% 14% 36%
Never 4% 3% 5% 3% 5% 5%
Base (n) 381 225 156 172 149 60
  • Two-fifths (38%) of participants play their instrument/s more than once a week, 21% play them daily and another 20% say they play 2-3 times per month.
  • 5% of participants who can play an instrument, never play it.
  • 18-54 year olds are more likely to play daily (24%) than participants over 55 (7%) – those over 55 tend to play once a month or less (36%, 13% 18-54).

 

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