Children who are encouraged to participate in cultural activities during their growing years, portray a greater likelihood of taking part in such activities as adults, according to a new Scottish Government research.
Also, youngsters who are encouraged to read for pleasure are more than twice as likely to read as an adult.
AdvertisementAnalysis of the 2007-8 Scottish Household Survey Culture Module found that children who play musical instruments, act, dance or sing are three times more likely to engage in creative activity such as art, writing and performing when they grow up.
"We know that culture and creativity deliver significant benefits for the people of Scotland to our well-being, our communities and our economy," the Scotsman quoted Culture minister Fiona Hyslop, as saying.
"We want to build on our successes, such as our world-leading creative industries which generate 5.2 billion pounds each year for the Scottish economy.
"We now have tangible evidence of a link between childhood experiences of culture and adult participation in creative activity," said Hyslop.
Hislop said that collaboration between education and culture was the key to equipping children with essential creative skills.
She added: "As this research examined the impact of out-of-school cultural activity, it clearly demonstrates the importance of providing opportunities outside the classroom for children to access cultural experiences.
"This is a responsibility for all of us, not just those involved in the provision of culture but parents as well."
Aberdeen, Fife and Midlothian have all proposed plans to cut music tuition to pupils with teachers threatening to strike over cuts proposals in the city.
However, a spokesman for the Educational Institute of Scotland said: "In light of these research findings it is deeply regrettable that much of the cultural activity - particularly music instruction - that takes place in our schools is under threat from the budget-cutting agenda."
"Being exposed to cultural activity such as music during school offers young people a great deal which they take with them and enjoy throughout their lives.
"Cultural activity has a profound impact on pupils social skills, confidence and creativity which can stand them in good stead throughout their post-school careers," he added.