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Title: The acquisition of musical preferences : a study of three age groups in the social and cultural environment of Greece
Author: Papapanayiotou, Xanthoula
ISNI:       0000 0004 2704 3035
Awarding Body: Institute of Education, University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 1998
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This study explores the musical preferences of Greek students aged 6-7, 12-13, and 18-19 towards eight musical styles. The general research aim is to determine the relationships between preferences and students' age, as well as the interactions between age and region, socio-economic status, gender, and musical training. The theoretical focus is placed on developmental aspects of socialisation and specifically on the ways musical aesthetic standards and values are acquired through listeners' interaction with the social and musical environment. It is argued that musical preferences are acquired through the process of socialisation and that variation of music preferences across age groups reflect different degrees of internalisation of cultural and group norms. A total of 1,061 primary, secondary, and higher education students, randomly selected from three socio-economic sections of three Greek towns, participated in a listening preference test and gave personal background information. Multilevel regression analyses showed that preferences for the musical styles vary significantly in terms of subjects' age, and they are further related to region, father's education, gender, and musical training. In terms of age, it was found that liking for all musical styles is high among children and low among adolescents. Comparisons between responses of adolescents and young adults, indicated that young adults in the study, liked the musical styles associated with adult listeners significantly more than adolescents and the musical styles associated with young listeners significantly less than adolescents. Interactions between age and region, father's education, and gender indicated that the importance of social and cultural influences varies between different age groups. Findings are discussed in relation to theory and were found to support the initial hypotheses.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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