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Exploring the musical taste of expert listeners: musicology students reveal tendency toward omnivorous taste.

Elvers P, Omigie D, Fuhrmann W, Fischinger T - Front Psychol (2015)

Bottom Line: A three-cluster solution was obtained.The results provide some support for the notion of specific tendencies in the musical taste of musicology students and the contribution of familiarity and knowledge toward musical omnivorousness.Further differences between the clusters in terms of social, personality, and sociodemographic factors are discussed.

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Affiliation: Music Department, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

ABSTRACT
Musicology students are engaged with music on an academic level and usually have an extensive musical background. They have a considerable knowledge of music history and theory and listening to music may be regarded as one of their primary occupations. Taken together, these factors qualify them as ≫expert listeners≪, who may be expected to exhibit a specific profile of musical taste: interest in a broad range of musical styles combined with a greater appreciation of ≫sophisticated≪ styles. The current study examined the musical taste of musicology students as compared to a control student group. Participants (n = 1003) completed an online survey regarding the frequency with which they listened to 22 musical styles. A factor analysis revealed six underlying dimensions of musical taste. A hierarchical cluster analysis then grouped all participants, regardless of their status, according to their similarity on these dimensions. The employed exploratory approach was expected to reveal potential differences between musicology students and controls. A three-cluster solution was obtained. Comparisons of the clusters in terms of musical taste revealed differences in the listening frequency and variety of appreciated music styles: the first cluster (51% musicology students/27% controls) showed the greatest musical engagement across all dimensions although with a tendency toward ≫sophisticated≪ musical styles. The second cluster (36% musicology students/46% controls) exhibited an interest in ≫conventional≪ music, while the third cluster (13% musicology students/27% controls) showed a strong liking of rock music. The results provide some support for the notion of specific tendencies in the musical taste of musicology students and the contribution of familiarity and knowledge toward musical omnivorousness. Further differences between the clusters in terms of social, personality, and sociodemographic factors are discussed.

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Distribution of expert listeners and controls among the three clusters ≫Engaged Listeners≪, ≫Conventional Listeners≪, and ≫Rock Listeners≪ (in %).
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Figure 3: Distribution of expert listeners and controls among the three clusters ≫Engaged Listeners≪, ≫Conventional Listeners≪, and ≫Rock Listeners≪ (in %).

Mentions: Following the interpretation of the three clusters, the next step was to determine the proportion of expert listeners and controls among them. The analysis revealed clear trends among expert listeners and controls (Figure 3). More than half of the expert listeners (51%/n = 109) were included in the cluster of ≫Engaged listeners≪, while 36% (n = 77) were classified as ≫Conventional Listeners≪ and only 13% (n = 27) as ≫Rock Listeners≪.


Exploring the musical taste of expert listeners: musicology students reveal tendency toward omnivorous taste.

Elvers P, Omigie D, Fuhrmann W, Fischinger T - Front Psychol (2015)

Distribution of expert listeners and controls among the three clusters ≫Engaged Listeners≪, ≫Conventional Listeners≪, and ≫Rock Listeners≪ (in %).
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Figure 3: Distribution of expert listeners and controls among the three clusters ≫Engaged Listeners≪, ≫Conventional Listeners≪, and ≫Rock Listeners≪ (in %).
Mentions: Following the interpretation of the three clusters, the next step was to determine the proportion of expert listeners and controls among them. The analysis revealed clear trends among expert listeners and controls (Figure 3). More than half of the expert listeners (51%/n = 109) were included in the cluster of ≫Engaged listeners≪, while 36% (n = 77) were classified as ≫Conventional Listeners≪ and only 13% (n = 27) as ≫Rock Listeners≪.

Bottom Line: A three-cluster solution was obtained.The results provide some support for the notion of specific tendencies in the musical taste of musicology students and the contribution of familiarity and knowledge toward musical omnivorousness.Further differences between the clusters in terms of social, personality, and sociodemographic factors are discussed.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Music Department, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

ABSTRACT
Musicology students are engaged with music on an academic level and usually have an extensive musical background. They have a considerable knowledge of music history and theory and listening to music may be regarded as one of their primary occupations. Taken together, these factors qualify them as ≫expert listeners≪, who may be expected to exhibit a specific profile of musical taste: interest in a broad range of musical styles combined with a greater appreciation of ≫sophisticated≪ styles. The current study examined the musical taste of musicology students as compared to a control student group. Participants (n = 1003) completed an online survey regarding the frequency with which they listened to 22 musical styles. A factor analysis revealed six underlying dimensions of musical taste. A hierarchical cluster analysis then grouped all participants, regardless of their status, according to their similarity on these dimensions. The employed exploratory approach was expected to reveal potential differences between musicology students and controls. A three-cluster solution was obtained. Comparisons of the clusters in terms of musical taste revealed differences in the listening frequency and variety of appreciated music styles: the first cluster (51% musicology students/27% controls) showed the greatest musical engagement across all dimensions although with a tendency toward ≫sophisticated≪ musical styles. The second cluster (36% musicology students/46% controls) exhibited an interest in ≫conventional≪ music, while the third cluster (13% musicology students/27% controls) showed a strong liking of rock music. The results provide some support for the notion of specific tendencies in the musical taste of musicology students and the contribution of familiarity and knowledge toward musical omnivorousness. Further differences between the clusters in terms of social, personality, and sociodemographic factors are discussed.

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