Creative participation in music by children

Many people lose interest and stop playing instruments in their teens

The Music Education Review noted high attrition rates in music participation in schools – with many students dropping out of music-related activities between Year 3 and Year 12.

A separate survey of 1,000 Australian households found the early teenage years to be the most vulnerable time when people stop paying their instruments, with 30 percent of lapsed players dropping out by age 12 and a further 30 percent by age 15.

Losing interest was the most commonly cited reason for stopping.