Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Edward A, Roth, M.M.

Second Advisor

David Smith, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

David Atchison, Ph.D.


Music ratings, SES, music therapy, music and health, demographics

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


There have been varying studies seeking to find links between a wide range of individuals’ personality, gender, age, or well-being on one’s musical preferences. These studies have brief suggestions of some characteristics, however, the amount of studies are scarce and have limited results to show substantial influence of specific demographics on music preferences. The present study aimed to explore possible similarities between one’s music preferences and the sociocultural background, their use of music in daily life, and their health status. 173 respondents participated in a brief online survey which consisted of rating seven music samples and then followed by 12 questions asking about one’s music listening habits, socio-cultural demographics, and health status. The findings indicate that one’s rating of music preferences are greatly diverse and show no significance between the music listening habits, sociocultural demographics, or the health ratings surveyed. This study supports previous research which suggests that one’s music preferences are very specific and difficult to determine from outside factors.

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