Musical Preferences Across the Generations

Virginia Rumph, Georgia College and State University

Abstract

Along with today's rapidly growing elderly population in the United States, there is also a growing social distance between people of different generations. Not too long ago in United States history, grandparents commonly lived with their children who also had young children under one roof. Due to factors such as increasing divorce rates and technology advancement, today's societal norm is much different for families. Today, the elderly population is generally not as close as they use to be to their young relatives, both physically and emotionally. This research study aims to aid intergenerational music therapy programs in hopes of increasing positive cross-age attitudes. The purpose of this study is to find similarities and differences between the musical preferences of older adults and young college students. A number of musical elements will be compared between the generations such as tempo preferences, instrument preferences, and genre preferences. Music therapists will be able to use the outcomes of the data to prepare for an intergenerational music therapy program or session.

 
Apr 10th, 9:00 AM Apr 10th, 10:00 AM

Musical Preferences Across the Generations

HSB 201

Along with today's rapidly growing elderly population in the United States, there is also a growing social distance between people of different generations. Not too long ago in United States history, grandparents commonly lived with their children who also had young children under one roof. Due to factors such as increasing divorce rates and technology advancement, today's societal norm is much different for families. Today, the elderly population is generally not as close as they use to be to their young relatives, both physically and emotionally. This research study aims to aid intergenerational music therapy programs in hopes of increasing positive cross-age attitudes. The purpose of this study is to find similarities and differences between the musical preferences of older adults and young college students. A number of musical elements will be compared between the generations such as tempo preferences, instrument preferences, and genre preferences. Music therapists will be able to use the outcomes of the data to prepare for an intergenerational music therapy program or session.