From memory there was a thread on this but I'll be damned if I can remember where the hell it was. When I was growing up, through school we had compulsory music classes in first year high. Guitar was a massively popular instrument and more often than not there wasn't enough to go around so the options were either share or play sax or something else. Most of those would then go on to choose music as an elective further on through high school and by the time final year hit, I'd say there would have been around 65-70% retention overall for guitar alone, not including music in general. The standard as well of school bands (ALL of them - rock, jazz, big band, concert band etc) was pretty killer, you would struggle to pick a bad one. Fast forward to now. Schools are doing cross-school bands to try and get numbers, music departments are being underfunded as a result in the decline of numbers (which just ends up being a massive feedback loop). I recently caught up with my local high school and the music classes are tiny in comparison to what they used to be. The standard of playing seems to have dropped as well. What happened? Has our lovely social media/instant gratification binge killed people's desires to spend time and effort to progress in learning something or is it just not 'cool' to play music anymore?