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The Age Trends in Musical Engagement

Mar 15, 2017 | 0 comments

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                                                The Age Trends in Musical Engagement

Many studies conducted on music discipline have found out that the young people regularly listen to music and, therefore, it is very significant. However, the attention given to the musical behaviors and attitudes of adults are little. The main objective of the study was to examine the difference in age in how much importance people accord to music, and how often do they listen to the music, and the contexts in which they listen to. The independent variables were the musical attitudes and behaviors while the dependent variables were music consumption and music importance (Bonneville-Roussy et al, 2013p.703).

The survey method of research got applied in the study. The participants were members of the internet panel’s representatives. The musical attitude data attracted 9080 participants with 44.2% from United Kingdom and 55.8% from USA. 51.4% were women and 48.6% were men and the average age of the adult participants was 40.53 years (Bonneville-Roussy et al, 2013p.703).

From the survey on the respondents, four items used to assess the consumption of music .from the study, the music listening behavior context from the participants reported the frequency in which they listen to music. Analysis showed that the items discovered a large correlation between doing the housework and other tasks at home.

From the study, the results indicated that no country or gender differences in the set of musical variables. Across all ages in music consumption, the amount of hours spent on listening to music was in a range of 0-96 hours per week (Bonneville-Roussy et al, 2013p.704). On musical importance, the results showed that the younger people are more passionate to music compared to the aged participants. However, music is important to all people across ages. In the context of listening of music or the frequency, over 30 years aged participant considered music less important compared to the young adults. The middle aged adults also listed at 12 hours weekly (Bonneville-Roussy et al, 2013p.704).


Bonneville-Roussy, A., Rentfrow, P. J., Xu, M. K., & Potter, J. (October 01, 2013). Music through the ages: Trends in musical engagement and preferences from adolescence through middle adulthood. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105, 4, 703-717.

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