The most popular instrument for girls to learn is the harp or flute, while boys go for the electric guitar and drums, says the Institute of Education.
electric guitar 81%
bass guitar 81%
kit drums 75%
Many instruments learnt in schools are dominated by one sex or the other, says the study. Only one in 10 harpists and flautists are male, while the electric and bass guitars are enjoyed overwhelmingly by boys.
AND THE GIRLS...
The size of the instrument (bigger, male), its pitch (higher, female) and the physical characteristics needed to play it could be partly responsible. Another factor may be that brass instruments and drums have long been used militarily and therefore are associated with war.
The study blames it on peer pressure - it's cooler for boys to play guitar and leave the classical stuff to the ladies.
MOST POPULAR OVERALL
guitar (acoustic, electric or bass) 16.3%