Music as Social behavior

Jane W. Davidson

in Empirical Musicology

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780195167498
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199867707 | DOI:
Music as Social behavior

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This chapter considers a range of ways in which the social psychology of music may be tackled empirically. Since most music-making is a social activity, this is a particularly important area of study. Topics covered include the study of social factors in the acquisition of musical skills, using biographical surveys, questionnaires, and case studies; social factors in musical taste; the study of social dynamics in musical ensembles; and the social psychology of individual differences in music. This last section includes a discussion of the use of personality questionnaires, projective and objective testing methods, and the relationship between personality research and musical preferences. The chapter concludes by indicating the wide range of social psychological research questions in relation to music that still await proper research, and encourages researchers to use imaginative but systematic methods in tackling them.

Keywords: personality; questionnaire; case study; biographical survey; social psychology; musical preferences

Chapter.  9810 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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