Calgary Herald

Musical kids likely to be college bound

- DErEk AbMA

If you learned to play a musical instrument as a child, there’s a better chance you went to college or university, according to results of a new survey.

A poll conducted by Leger Marketing, the results of which were released Wednesday, showed that 69 per cent of Canadians who learned to play an instrument attended a post-secondary school, compared to 59 per cent who didn’t learn to play.

Overall, 66 per cent of those polled said they had learned to play an instrument in their childhood, and about one in six said they continue to play an instrument at least once a week as adults.

“Learning to play an instrument is a huge part of many Canadians’ lives and has significan­t impact years later,” said Janet Gillespie, marketing vice-president for satellite radio company XM Canada, which sponsored the survey.

Some of the benefits people re- ported as stemming from learning to play an instrument included heightened mental focus, enhanced creativity, improved confidence and ability to self-teach. Sixty-six per cent said learning an instrument is as important as mastering a second language, and 77 per cent rated it as just as beneficial for children as involvemen­t in sports. The most common instrument­s learned by survey respondent­s were the piano (cited by 31 per cent of those that had learned an instrument), flute (18 per cent) and guitar (15 per cent).

The survey results came from online questionna­ires conducted of 1,549 Canadian adults between March 7 and 10.

Those behind the survey said such a sample size should produce results representa­tive of the Canadian population within 2.49 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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