Knoerzer, Lisa, Stark, Robin, Park, Babette and Rolle, Christian (2016). I like reggae and Bob Marley is already dead: An empirical study on music-related argumentation. Psychol. Music, 44 (5). S. 1158 - 1175. THOUSAND OAKS: SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC. ISSN 1741-3087

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Knoerzer, LisaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Stark, RobinUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Park, BabetteUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rolle, ChristianUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-265053
DOI: 10.1177/0305735615614095
Journal or Publication Title: Psychol. Music
Volume: 44
Number: 5
Page Range: S. 1158 - 1175
Date: 2016
Publisher: SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
Place of Publication: THOUSAND OAKS
ISSN: 1741-3087
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
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PREFERENCEMultiple languages
Psychology, Educational; Psychology, Applied; Music; Psychology, ExperimentalMultiple languages
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/26505

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