Those of us that teach towards the bottom end of this pyramid feel that the piano is still the instrument of choice for many children and many adults when they choose to step into the exciting world of making music. The recent Making Music report published by ABRSM in September 2014, also supports this even indicating that there has been a 15% growth in interest in learning the piano. What the report doesn't give us is an overview of the different ages and standards of pupils nor are all the figures contained within it specific to the piano. For these reasons I think we need to be cautious in how we interpret the results.
When I carried out the Piano Survey 2010 I was able to gather, for the first time to my knowledge, a small snapshot of pupil numbers according to their grades. Well, actually, when I say 'small' nearly 10,000 pupils were represented by 474 teachers!
As teachers we have to ask ourselves:
- what are the reasons behind this drop in numbers?
- would rethinking our teaching approaches at the early levels help to reduce this?
- how does this compare with previous years?
Unfortunately, no previous data on pupil numbers exists to my knowledge. I think it really is time that we had a better idea of what is going so for this reason I have decided to carry out another survey!
Announcing The Piano Survey 2015
As five years have now passed since the original survey it seems a good time to update the data. It will also provide us with the ability to track the movement in pupil numbers and give the piano teaching profession a better idea of its current state.
In order to do this I need your help!
Please spend just a few minutes completing the Piano Survey 2015, a link to which can be found just below.
The more piano teachers who take part the better so please do spread the word (and the link)!