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"I like reggae and Bob Marley is already dead": An empirical study on music-related argumentation
Department of Education, Saarland University, Germany.
Department of Education, Saarland University, Germany.
Department of Education, Saarland University, Germany.
Örebro University, School of Music, Theatre and Art, Örebro University, Sweden.
2016 (English)In: Psychology of Music, ISSN 0305-7356, E-ISSN 1741-3087, Vol. 44, no 5, 1158-1174 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates music-related argumentation in different music genres (rock/pop versus classical music) applying a mixed-methods design with three groups (referred to as novices, semi-experts and experts). Participants were asked to compare two versions of a musical piece and justify their preference in individually written argumentation. Arguments were coded by applying a category system with four main categories, namely, attributes of the musical piece, subjective dimensions, context-specific background knowledge and media-related dimensions. Results of quantitative analyses showed that experts formulated longer arguments, referring to more different categories and mentioning more aspects within these categories. Further, a larger proportion of the experts' arguments referred to context-specific background knowledge and attributes of the musical piece, whereas semi-experts' and novices' argumentation consisted to a larger extent of subjective dimensions. For all analyses, there were no differences concerning the two different music genres. A discriminant analysis showed that the participants' ascribed level of expertise was correctly predicted on the basis of their argumentation in 97.3% of the cases. Therefore, the category system provides an effective instrument for representing and evaluating music-related argumentation. Our findings illustrate quantitative and qualitative differences between arguments and build a starting point for developing innovative intervention approaches for fostering music-related argumentation.

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Sage Publications, 2016. Vol. 44, no 5, 1158-1174 p.
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category system, expertise, genre, mixed methods, music-related argumentation
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Music Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-52688DOI: 10.1177/0305735615614095ISI: 000382740900017ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84982175035OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-52688DiVA: diva2:1010239
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German Federal Ministry of Education and Research 01PL12057

Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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