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Appendix

Learner survey: adult (18 years+) and children (5-17 years)

SC. Please indicate which one of the following best describes the occupation of the chief income earner in your household? If retired, which one of the following best describes the previous occupation of the chief income earner in your household? Base: All adult/child respondents (1,255/1,726*)
*Question completed by respondent’s parent/guardian.

S4. Are you…? Female/Male. Base: All respondents (2,981)

S5. Please type in your age. Base: All respondents (2,981)

Q3. Do you know how to play any musical instruments? It doesn’t matter how well you can play. Base: All adult/child respondents (1,255/1,726)

Q4. Have you ever learned to play a musical instrument? Base: All adult/child respondents who don’t know how to play a musical instrument at Q3 (598/412)

Q5. Which musical instrument(s) do you know how to play/did you learn to play? Base: All adult/child respondents who know how/have learned to play an instrument at Q3/Q4 (929/1,470)

Q6. Where did you first learn to play a musical instrument? Base: All adult/child respondents who know how/have learned to play an instrument at Q3/Q4 (929/1,470)

Q8. Who decided that you would learn to play a musical instrument? Base: All adult/child respondents who know how/have learned to play an instrument at Q3/Q4 (929/1,470)

Q9. Why did you start playing a musical instrument? Base: All adult/child respondents who know how/have learned to play an instrument at Q3/Q4 (929/1,470)

Q10. Do you still play your instrument(s)? Base: All adult/child respondents who know how/have learned to play an instrument at Q3/Q4 (929/1,470)

Q13. And what are the reasons why you stopped playing your instrument(s)? Base: All adult/child respondents who no longer play all instruments at Q10 (500/275)

Q14. Have you ever taken any musical instrument lessons either at school or privately? Base: All adult/child respondents who know how/have learned to play an instrument at Q3/Q4 (929/1,470)

Q15. What are the reasons why you have never taken musical instrument lessons? Base: All adult/child respondents who have not had instrumental lessons at Q14 (279/381)

Q16. Where do/did you take your instrumental music lessons? Base: All adult/child respondents who have had instrumental lessons at Q14 (617/1,073)

Q18. And are you currently taking any instrumental lessons either at school or privately? Base: All adult/child respondents who have had instrumental lessons at Q14 (617/1,073)

Q20. What are the main reasons why you have not learned to play a musical instrument? Base: All adult/child respondents who don’t know how/have never learned to play an instrument at Q3/Q4 (326/256)

Q24. Do you have any friends or family members who play or have played a musical instrument? Base: All child respondents (1,726)

Q32. In the last 2 years, what type of group singing or instrumental playing have you done at school/college? Base: All child respondents (1,726)

Q34. Thinking about other ways of making music, what other activities have you done in the last 2 years? Base: All child respondents (1,726)

Q37. Have you ever taken a music exam? Base: All adult and child respondents (1,255/1,726)

Learner survey: tracking charts – children (5-14 years)

Question numbers correspond to the 2014 survey. See About this report section.

Q3. Do you know how to play any musical instruments? It doesn’t matter how well you can play. Base: All child respondents (1993: 861, 1996: 784, 1999: 927, 2014: 1,487)

Q5. Which musical instrument(s) do you know how to play? Base: All child respondents who know how to play an instrument (1999: 382, 2014: 1,123)

Q16. Where do/did you take your instrumental music lessons? Base: All child respondents who have had instrumental lessons (1993: 278*, 1996: 237*, 1999: 272, 2014: 839)
*Original data tables unavailable. Calculated from the published reports in 1994 & 1997

Teacher survey: instrumental/singing teachers

S3. Thinking about your involvement in music teaching and exams, which of the following applies to you? Base: All teachers (4,491)

Q1. What musical instruments/subjects do you teach? Base: All teachers (4,491)

Q3. How many hours do you spend teaching instrument(s)/singing in an average week? Base: All teachers (4,491)

Q4A. Where do you teach instrumental/singing lessons? Base: All teachers (4,491)

Q4B. And roughly how many students are you currently teaching instrumental/singing lessons? Base: All teachers that teach in at least one location at Q4A (4,490)

Q4C. How many instrumental/singing students do you teach at a time within lessons? Base: All teachers (4,491)

Q7. In general, has the number of instrumental/singing students you teach increased, decreased or stayed the same in the last 5 years? Base: All teachers (4,491)

Q9A/B. And why do you think your student numbers have increased/decreased? Base: All teachers that have had an increase/decrease at Q7 (1,736/1,399)

Q12. What first motivated you to become an instrumental/singing teacher? Base: All teachers (4,491)

Q13. What other paid work do you do in addition to your instrumental/singing teaching? Base: All teachers (4,491)

Q18. Formative assessment is typically ongoing to support learning and help diagnose next steps; it may be informal or formal. What formative assessment methods do you use with your instrumental/singing students? Base: All teachers (4,491)

Q20. As well as accredited and formative assessments, what other indicators do you use to judge if a pupil is making good progress (e.g. playing more demanding repertoire; playing repertoire from different genres and styles; playing in an ensemble; composing and improvising)? Base: All teachers (4,491)

Q21. In your experience, what are the main barriers to pupils/students making good progress? Base: All teachers (4,491)

Q22. Thinking about teaching music in schools, do you teach whole-class ensemble lessons (e.g. first access/wider opportunities/Youth Music Initiative)? Base: All teachers that teach in schools at Q4A (2,497)

Q23. And which instrument/singing subjects do you teach in your whole-class ensemble lessons? Base: All teachers that teach whole-class ensembles (769)

Q24. On average each year, approximately how many children do you teach in all of your whole class ensemble lessons combined? Base: All teachers that teach instruments in whole-class ensembles at Q23 (764)

Q25. How long does the whole-class ensemble programme in which you teach normally run for? Base: All teachers that teach instruments in whole-class ensembles at Q23 (764)

Q28. On average, how long are the whole-class ensemble lessons that you teach? Base: All teachers that teach instruments in whole-class ensembles at Q23 (764)

Q29. On average what percentage of your teaching week is devoted to whole-class ensemble lessons? Base: All teachers that teach instruments in whole-class ensembles at Q23 (764)

Q30A. We are interested in understanding how many students go on to take further instrumental/singing lessons after taking part in a whole-class ensemble programme. In your opinion, roughly what proportion of your students go on to take lessons in the same instrument/singing subject? Base: All teachers that teach instruments in whole-class ensembles at Q23 (764)

Q30B. And roughly what proportion of students go on to take lessons in a different instrument/singing subject? Base: All teachers that teach instruments in whole-class ensembles at Q23 (764)

Q31. In your experience, what are the barriers for children continuing to play/sing after participating in whole-class ensemble programmes? Base: All teachers that teach instruments in whole-class ensembles at Q23 (764)

Q32. Taking everything into account about your music teaching in general, how professionally fulfilled are you in your work where 0 is very unfulfilled and 10 is highly fulfilled? Base: All teachers (4,491)

Q33. Why did you give a score of (0 - 10) for professional fulfillment? Base: All teachers that scored (0 - 10) for professional fulfillment at Q32 (4,441)

Q34. Thinking generally about UK music education, if you could change one thing that might help increase the number of children learning a musical instrument/singing, what would it be? Base: All teachers (4,491)

Q35. Are you…? Female/Male. Base: All teachers (4,491)

Q36. Please indicate your age range. Base: All teachers (4,491)

Q37. Which of the following music related qualifications do you hold? Each qualification should be in or related to music (e.g. Diploma in Music Performance or Performing Arts.) Base: All instrumental/singing teachers (4,491)


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