The Role of Parents in the Development of Musical Ability

Discussion in 'Australia' started by zoso_zeppelin, Jun 21, 2006.

  1. zoso_zeppelin

    zoso_zeppelin Member

    Hi everyone. I am currently completing the HSC in NSW, Australia and one of my courses is Society and Culture. As a part of this course I have to complete a social research project and mine is on "The Role of Parents In the Development of Specialised Interests and Skills" - a case study of musical ability.

    Your participation in my questionaire below would be muchly appreciated. I should only take 10-15 mins of your time :)

    Please highlight, or make bold, the most appropriate response.

    1. Gender:
    Male
    Female

    2. Age:
    10-13
    14-16
    17-20
    21-25
    26-35
    36-45
    50+

    3. Please indicate your involvement in music:
    Play musical instrument(s)
    In a band
    Enter competitions
    Theatre Shows
    AMEB/Trinity/other formal exams
    Other - please specify

    4. How many hours a week, on average, do you play or listen to music?
    0-2
    3-5
    6-9
    10+

    For the following questions, the scale is as follows
    1 - strongly agree
    2 - agree
    3 - unsure
    4 - disagree
    5 - strongly disagree

    Please indicate, by number, your response:
    Please feel free to add details or comments of your own.

    5. Musical ability is inherited, as opposed to being learned.
    6. One or both of my parents display a strong interest and/or skill in the musical field.
    7. I would still be a musician if my parents did not display any interest or skill in the musical field.
    8. Generally, my parents influence, or have influenced, the development of my specialised skills and interests.
    9. I consider listening to and/or playing music to be common place in my household.
    10. I share musical tastes with my parents.
    11. I have conflicted with my parents regarding my choice of specialised musical interest and skill.

    Can you identify any other people or events that have had a significant influence on your musical development? (e.g. peers, teachers, school, siblings)

    Can you identify the ways in which your parents have influenced the development of your musical ability? (e.g. common interests, financial support, home environment)

    Please provide any other comments you have on this topic of investigation below.

    You have reached the end of the questionnaire. Thank you for your participation.
    For further information please PM me.
     
  2. lazysunbird

    lazysunbird Member

    1. Gender:
    Male
    Female

    2. Age:
    10-13
    14-16
    17-20
    21-25
    26-35
    36-45
    50+

    3. Please indicate your involvement in music:
    Play musical instrument(s)
    In a band
    Enter competitions
    Theatre Shows
    AMEB/Trinity/other formal exams
    Other - please specify- i sing and am looking for a band to join

    4. How many hours a week, on average, do you play or listen to music?
    0-2
    3-5
    6-9
    10+

    For the following questions, the scale is as follows
    1 - strongly agree
    2 - agree
    3 - unsure
    4 - disagree
    5 - strongly disagree

    Please indicate, by number, your response:
    Please feel free to add details or comments of your own.

    5. Musical ability is inherited, as opposed to being learned. disagree
    6. One or both of my parents display a strong interest and/or skill in the musical field. strongly disagree
    7. I would still be a musician if my parents did not display any interest or skill in the musical field. strongly agree
    8. Generally, my parents influence, or have influenced, the development of my specialised skills and interests. strongly disagree
    9. I consider listening to and/or playing music to be common place in my household. agree
    10. I share musical tastes with my parents. unsure..when it comes to a few bands yes, but in general no
    11. I have conflicted with my parents regarding my choice of specialised musical interest and skill. strongly disagree

    Can you identify any other people or events that have had a significant influence on your musical development? (e.g. peers, teachers, school, siblings) Friend and musicians

    Can you identify the ways in which your parents have influenced the development of your musical ability? (e.g. common interests, financial support, home environment) encouraging me to do whatever i want to do and having belief in me

    Please provide any other comments you have on this topic of investigation below.

    You have reached the end of the questionnaire. Thank you for your participation.
    For further information please PM me.[/QUOTE]
     
  3. zoso_zeppelin

    zoso_zeppelin Member

    thanks for your help! :)
     
  4. lazysunbird

    lazysunbird Member

    No worries :)
     
  5. brack1936

    brack1936 Member

    Woo hoo! A chance to make myself useful!

    1. Gender:
    Male
    Female

    2. Age:
    10-13
    14-16
    17-20
    21-25
    26-35
    36-45
    50+

    3. Please indicate your involvement in music:
    Play musical instrument(s)
    In a band
    Enter competitions
    Theatre Shows
    AMEB/Trinity/other formal exams
    Other - please specify

    4. How many hours a week, on average, do you play or listen to music?
    0-2
    3-5
    6-9
    10+

    For the following questions, the scale is as follows
    1 - strongly agree
    2 - agree
    3 - unsure
    4 - disagree
    5 - strongly disagree

    Please indicate, by number, your response:
    Please feel free to add details or comments of your own.

    5. Musical ability is inherited, as opposed to being learned.

    3: My dad is a muso from Newcastle (UK) and I swear I inherited none of his ability.

    6. One or both of my parents display a strong interest and/or skill in the musical field.

    1. My dad is (or was) big in music working in pubs, resteraunts and doing parties.

    7. I would still be a musician if my parents did not display any interest or skill in the musical field.

    4. I was interested when I was young but if I hadn't been pushed, I probably never would have learnt the guitar.

    8. Generally, my parents influence, or have influenced, the development of my specialised skills and interests.

    1. Dad and I used to sit and play songs for hours. He also encouraged me to find work in the area but my voice took years to break and I could not sing until a few years ago.

    9. I consider listening to and/or playing music to be common place in my household.

    5. I don't live in a house.

    10. I share musical tastes with my parents.

    1. Absolutely.

    11. I have conflicted with my parents regarding my choice of specialised musical interest and skill.

    5. Except for Guns n Roses. My dad can't stand Axl Rose.

    Can you identify any other people or events that have had a significant influence on your musical development? (e.g. peers, teachers, school, siblings)

    The music teacher at the high school I went to welcomed me to the choir with open arms and didn't ever mention the fact that I couldn't sing to save my life.

    Can you identify the ways in which your parents have influenced the development of your musical ability? (e.g. common interests, financial support, home environment)

    Well, my dad bought my first guitar for my 14th birthday and I am still playing it 10 years on. As I say, we'd spend hours playing songs once a week. If I wasn't so bashful, we'd be gigging today as a father/son duo. That never seemed like the best idea to me. Bloody blokes and their emotions.

    Please provide any other comments you have on this topic of investigation below.

    Um ..... all we do musically these days is criteque musicians. That's perfect for me. I sometimes don't feel like playing music but always go to jam nights/busk/teach etc. For both of us, playing music is work.
     
  6. fistermister

    fistermister Member

  7. zoso_zeppelin

    zoso_zeppelin Member

    thanks for the replies everyone, keep them coming :)
    haha fistermister - thanks for the link but wikipedia has already been utilised - what doesn't it know?! haha
     
  8. StonerBill

    StonerBill Learn

    thi is a pretty hectic thing to look at accurately for the hsc, but one thing to remember about neurology is that it is not nature or nurture it is nature and nurture. there are studies that have looked for correlations of these things. but when it comes to brain potential, our genes mark out how our brain will grow, but our environment is what it grow around. so someone who has inherited the ability to be musical but doesnt practice this, will not have musical ability simply because it is inherited. as well as this, soemone with lesser genetic potential can surpass the former mentioned person simply with enough practice. but in the end there will be limits on someone whos genes are not compatible with music. parents may poses music ability and not know, then their children may pick up on it. other situations, each parent may contribute the right genes which together enhance a child's musical ability. there are just so many factors to consider.


    neither of my parents played instruments, but my step brother tried lot sof instruments and my mum encouraged me to try lots of things. i didnt really get it till i motivated myself, but i think having a lot of instruments come and go set me up to be the musician i am now.

    lots of music listened to in my household
     
  9. 1. Gender:
    Male
    Female

    2. Age:
    10-13
    14-16
    17-20
    21-25
    26-35
    36-45
    50+

    3. Please indicate your involvement in music:
    Play musical instrument(s)
    In a band
    Enter competitions
    Theatre Shows
    AMEB/Trinity/other formal exams
    Other - please specify

    4. How many hours a week, on average, do you play or listen to music?
    0-2
    3-5
    6-9
    10+

    For the following questions, the scale is as follows
    1 - strongly agree
    2 - agree
    3 - unsure
    4 - disagree
    5 - strongly disagree

    Please indicate, by number, your response:
    Please feel free to add details or comments of your own.

    5. Musical ability is inherited, as opposed to being learned. 2 - Agree - Music is one of those strange things where you either have it or you don't. However attitude, being brought up around music and the way of thinking learned from your parents are quite influential
    6. One or both of my parents display a strong interest and/or skill in the musical field. 4 - Disagree - My father is a keen music collector with sort of off taste
    7. I would still be a musician if my parents did not display any interest or skill in the musical field. 3 -Unsure - though I don't think i'd have the musical knack i have without my father constantly playing records to me as a child
    8. Generally, my parents influence, or have influenced, the development of my specialised skills and interests. 2 - Agree - Having a big record/cd collection has helped me open my mind to more varied musical styles and eras
    9. I consider listening to and/or playing music to be common place in my household. 2 - Agree
    10. I share musical tastes with my parents.
    4 - Disagree
    11. I have conflicted with my parents regarding my choice of specialised musical interest and skill.
    5 - Strongly disagree - My parents have always let me do what i want

    Can you identify any other people or events that have had a significant influence on your musical development? (e.g. peers, teachers, school, siblings)

    Definitely my peers (best friends, cousins etc.) at every stage of my life. They introduced me to bands, styles and instruments and took me to shows. They were also there to play music with (bands, jaming etc.) Also, like I have said, my dad has always had a pretty good music collection for me to develop my tastes.

    Can you identify the ways in which your parents have influenced the development of your musical ability? (e.g. common interests, financial support, home environment)

    I think i've covered that already. I suppose you could say my parents are liberal minded, so that opened me up to more alternative types of music.

    Please provide any other comments you have on this topic of investigation below.

    You have reached the end of the questionnaire. Thank you for your participation.
    For further information please PM me.

    GOOD LUCK!
     
  10. zoso_zeppelin

    zoso_zeppelin Member

    thanks stoner bill - yeah it is a big topic, and I am well aware of all of the things you have brought up. the correlation between nature and nurture becomes particularly obvious in this study, and in reality, I entered in to it kind of already knowing what the result would be, just from personal reflection. thanks for you comments, hopefully all will turn out well.

    lyin in a field - thanks for completing my questionnaire - your contribution is invaluable.

    to the rest of you music loving fiends - get a move on haha I have to write this thing up. cheers.
     

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