One of the first things to find out in the Piano Survey 2010 was basic, demographic information about respondents. Although in the survey itself these questions appeared at the end, in the reporting process it is important to establish these facts at the start.
There was a heavy bias in favour of female piano teachers with a ratio of 4:1.
As the pie chart below shows clearly, almost half of all the respondents were in the age range 46 - 60 with a further 25% aged between 31 - 45. Although no-one under the age of 18 answered the survey, 13% were aged between 18 - 30. The final 16% were accounted for by teachers over the age of 61.
Over half of the teachers who responded lived in the south of England: when added together South East England, London and South West England represented 58% (229 teachers) of the total. The rest of England (North East, North West, the Midlands and East England) accounted for 34% (138) of the remaining responses whilst Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales made up just 9% of the total (38 teachers).
Overall, the Piano Survey 2010 followed the same trends established in previous surveys of instrumental teachers (female dominated, aged between mid 40s - 60 with more teachers in the south regions of the UK) and appears to be broadly representative of the piano teaching profession.
Piano as first study
Eighty-four percent of all the teachers were first study pianists. The remaining 16% had a variety of instruments as their first study although almost a third of these were string players.
Interestingly, the ratio of male or female first study pianists was very similar as the table below shows..