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Music Schools

Statistics on music schools show the activities of music schools in Denmark and include various accounts of student activities and key figures for staff and finances. The statistics comprise municipal and independent music schools that receive state operating grants and are prepared for the 2012/13 season and onwards by Statistics Denmark on behalf of the Ministry of Culture. Before 2012, the Danish Agency for Libraries and Media (now: the Culture and Palaces Agency) produced similar statistics.

Statistical presentation

The statistics present the activities of the municipal music schools in Denmark detailing the volume of instrument classes and ensembles as well as key figures for staff and finances. The results are primarily presented on the level of municipalities.

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Statistical processing

Data is collected from music schools through a survey questionnaire and through a transfer of detailed data from the music schools’ student administration systems. Moreover, administrative data on salaries are collected from the Culture and Palace Agency. Data is validated through registry lookups and comparisons with previous reports, and data is tabulated and disseminated through Statbank, Statistics Denmark’s free online tool and database for statistics.

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The statistics are primarily relevant for interest organizations and authorities dealing with music schools, but are also of general interest. The statistics make it possible to follow the development in activities and organization of the music schools.

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Accuracy and reliability

The overall accuracy of the results on ensemble and instrumental instruction and key figures for finance and personnel is estimated to be adequate. Furthermore, the scope of music schools' activities in schools and institutions as well as information and motivation activities in culture houses and public libraries is underreported. The registration of MGK students in the administrative systems is estimated to be of varying quality.

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Timeliness and punctuality

The statistics are published on the scheduled date about 7 months after the expiration of the reference time.

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These statistics are not directly comparable with previous statistics performed at music schools due to differences in the applied methods. The European Music School Union publishes results concerning music school activity in other European countries. Music schools are part of the business statistics for the industry "Cultural Education" (industry branch code DB07: 86.52.00).

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Accessibility and clarity

These statistics are published yearly in a Danish press release, at the same time as the tables are updated in the StatBank. In the StatBank, these statistics can be found under Music Schools. For further information, go to the subject page.

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