I'm involved in a few musical groups, and most of them struggle to find musicians. It seems like people playing musical instruments are becoming increasingly rare. I'm talking about classical musical instruments, such as wind and strings. What I also notice is that hardly any kids are starting to play these instruments. At my daughter's school there is a pitiful lack of kids learning to play, the orchestra has just 4 players and the teachers have to help out. So unfortunately I don't see the situation improving in future years. It's very sad really, and music has many beneficial effects, including helping in areas like creativity, even mathematics. So studying music can assist other academic subjects. Shame that teaching of music is being de-prioritised in our schools. I really think that is a mistake. What's it like in the U.S? Is music making alive and well? Do you have a similar trend with lack of uptake in learning to play instruments?