The number of young people learning musical instruments in Germany has risen by 14 per cent in the past decade, according to new figures released by the Association of German Music Schools (AGMS). A total of 920,000 students are currently involved in music education programmes, compared with 802,000 ten years ago. The violin is the third most popular instrument after piano and guitar, with almost 61,000 pupils taking lessons. Viola and double bass, however, remain less well represented.

The AGMS puts the increase down to the larger number of early education classes involving babies and young children, as well as greater collaboration with schools and day care centres. The association currently comprises around 920 music schools across all 16 German states.

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Photo: members of the European Union Youth Orchestra at the Konzerthaus Berlin, August 2013 © Peter Adamik