Godlovitch wrote: ↑
Sat May 20, 2017 2:46 pm
However, once such young people stopped taking lessons, they seem to have stopped playing for their own pleasure. It was as if this was a stage of life to have endured much like learning Latin or Chemistry after which such activities are simply dropped - and replaced by whatever takes their place.
I can't help with the stats, unfortunately. I don't think it is safe to assume that if someone drops music it was only ever something to be endured, though.
I know someone who got to Grade 8 piano and stopped, then got to Grade 8 violin and stopped. She will speak wistfully of how much she liked her Grade 8 pieces, as if she can't play them any more. It's a pity that people think the point is to get a certificate or whatever, but it doesn't follow that they weren't enjoying it.
Someone else who had been very serious about piano during her school years told me that it was just frustrating to play now because she couldn't do it like she used to, and work didn't leave her with enough practice time to get back to her previous level.
Both of those people dropped music, but I don't think either of them ever looked at it as something to be endured.