Music-genre Stereotypes Essay

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Can music preferences serve as a clue to a person's character? Can music applied as a vehicle for self-expression? The article "The Content and Validity of Music-genre stereotypes Among College Students" by Peter J. Rentfrow and Samuel D. Gosling said yes. In the article, 206 University of Taxes at Austin undergraduates participated in the research. In order to look into the associations individuals naturally make about the fans of different style of music, the participants were divided into groups and assigned randomly to rate on personal characters, values and alcohol and drug preferences of the prototypical of the fans of one of the fourteen selected music. The selection of music genres include classical, rock, jazz and etc., and is …show more content…
As Rentfrow and Gosling's research shows, "some of the music stereotypes would be accurate"; that is, we may agree on some relationship between prototypical fans and the types of music(319). Assuming that you heard a song when a car passed by. You will guess the driver is a black person or a young guy if the song has a strong beat. To contrast, you will guess the driver is a gentleman or an old person if the song has a soft beat. Why can you connect the differences in music genres to differences on personalities? The research requires the participants to rate the music genre with the prototypical fans(311). Similarly, you are retrieving in you memory to find a best-fitted person for the genre when you heard the songs. However, the best fit is not the kernel reason. Can you distinguish fans of metal music from jazz? It seems harder. It is discussed that "individuals perceive between music preferences and psychological qualities are very likely influenced by their own personal experiences with music, social interactions and the media"(321). It indicates the individuals with similar experience, social interactions and media focus might share the preference on music genres. As a result, the agreement on music-genre preference gives us the clue for personalities, and the lack of experience make you disabled to comment on metal music and jazz music. Moreover, we may define our identity through our favorite music. Take myself as an example, I am a Chinese-born teenager

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