In a survey carred out by YouGov, 47 per cent of people surveyed said more children should be inspired to learn an instrument and have experience playing music.
The research, which was commissioned by Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham, also found that 39 per cent of UK adults thought music should feature more prominently on the school curriculum.
By contrast only 11 per cent thought ‘classical music is too often dumbed down’.
There was a difference in opinion across the generations: the percentage of people who thought music should be taught more at school rose to 50 per cent in the over 55s.
Meanwhile, 37 per cent of under 25s said ‘elitist language and traditions that make it appear aloof need to end’ (across all age groups 33 per cent of people agreed with this statement). Almost a third of the respondents in this age group also said classical music ‘needs to have greater appeal to a multi-cultural society / ethinic minorities.’