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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 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.
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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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 and obtained grants 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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These statistics allows presents the status and trends in the various activities of the music schools that receive public funding and may be of interest to a number of agents besides the stakeholders and authorities managing music schools.
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. There may be differences over time and among the schools in the practice regarding registration of special characteristics, e.g. for talent students. 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).
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.