Key facts about participation in school music or other performing arts
• From 1991 to 2010, among students in eighth grade, the proportion involved in school music or other performing arts generally declined but has recently increased from 46 percent in 2010 to 49 percent in 2016.
• Participation among older students has declined over the past few years, as the percentage of twelfth graders participating fell from 41 percent in 2010 to 37 percent in 2016.
• In 2016, eighth graders were more likely to participate in school performing arts (49 percent) than tenth or twelfth graders (both at 37 percent).
• Females are much more likely than males to participate in school performing arts activities, though the gender gap decreases slightly with age; in 2016 the gap decreased from 16 percentage points in eighth and tenth grades to 13 percentage points in twelfth grade.