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July 6, 2015 - , ,

The Dutch teach themselves to play piano and guitar.

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Research: Holland self-learning music country

Amsterdam, 6 July 2015 – The Dutch teach themselves in garages, living rooms, bedrooms and craft rooms how to play music instruments. Over one third of the Dutch (38%) learn how to play without the help of a music teacher. This results from the Music Monitor by BNP Paribas, which surveyed 500 Dutch participants between the ages of 25 and 55. The bank is one of the main sponsors of the North Sea Jazz Festival, which is taking place this weekend.

What stands out is that a lot of artists in the Netherlands taught themselves how to play an instrument. Piano (35%) and acoustic guitar (48%) are the most popular instruments among ‘home-schooled’ musicians. The opposite is true for the flute. The Dutch learn how to produce sounds on a flute in school. Most Dutch amateur musicians play their instruments for about an hour each week.

Interesting are the differences between the Dutch and North Sea Jazz visitors. The festival visitors more often enjoyed music lessons at home and they also more often attended a music school.

What is learned in the cradle is not carried to the grave

Learning to play an instrument is not a guarantee for life long success. For example, 11% of all the respondents answered that they used to be able to play the piano. However, currently this is different, because only 7% indicates to still have the ability to play. The average age for Dutch to learn how to play an instrument is between the ages of 10 and 15.