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Time spent in in-school music activities

As part of the 2008 NAEP arts assessment, students were asked how often they have an opportunity to participate in music activities.

Percentage of students at grade 8, by student-reported participation in musical activities in school: 2008
Which of the following activities do you do in school? Percent
Play in a band 16
Play in an orchestra 5
Sing in a chorus or choir 17
One or more of the three activities 34
View complete data with standard errors for each of the questions regarding playing in a band, playing in an orchestra, and singing in a chorus or choir.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2008 Arts Assessment.


  • Overall, 34 percent of eighth-graders in 2008 reported participating in one or more of
    the following musical activities at school: playing in a band, playing in an orchestra, singing in a chorus or choir.

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