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Music Style Preferences of Different Age Listeners

Albert LeBlanc, Wendy L. Sims, Carolyn Siivola and Mary Obert
Journal of Research in Music Education
Vol. 44, No. 1 (Spring, 1996), pp. 49-59
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3345413
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Abstract

We measured the music preference opinions of 2,262 listeners for examples of art music, traditional jazz, and rock. Our subjects were enrolled in Grades 1 through college, and we also tested adults who were not college students. Participants ranged in age from 6 to 91 years. We found that music preference means for the different styles were comparatively similar across grade levels, and when style subtest scores were pooled to make a general index of music preference, a characteristic pattern of responding across grade levels emerged. Listeners in Grade 1 had a high level of preference, but preference levels then declined to a low point at Grade 6. From that point, preference steadily rose into the high school years, reaching its highest point at college level. Preference declined again for our adult group, which included a good representation of senior citizens. However, adult preference was higher than that of any other grade levels except Grade 1 and college.

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