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    Why Classical Music stereotypes tend to be true

    Science NOW Daily reports:
    "Ever wondered whether the classical music aficionado next door has had a bit more schooling than the guy blasting rap from his car? New research suggests you may be on to something. A lot of the stereotypes concerning musical taste and socioeconomic status appear to be true.

    Psychologist Adrian North of the University of Leicester, U.K., wanted to test musical stereotypes. So he and David Hargreaves of the Open University in Milton Keynes, U.K., conducted an extensive survey in the United Kingdom. The researchers buttonholed more than 2000 fans of 35 different musical styles in various places such as campuses, shopping malls, and train stations and asked them to fill out a questionnaire detailing their jobs, relationships, beliefs, and consumer habits.

    As stereotypes might suggest, those with the most education were also the main fans of opera, classical music, and jazz. For example, 8.5% of the classical music lovers had Ph.D.s, compared with 1.4% of those who favored disco music. And classical music lovers' incomes averaged $66,000 compared to $44,000 for lovers of popular dance music. Classical music buffs were also inclined toward intellectual fare, such as current-affairs magazines, whereas the rap/pop crowd favored magazines about cars, women, or celebrities.

    One "clear pattern" to emerge was a clustering of antisocial tendencies among young fans of pop, rap, and rock. For example, 53% of hip-hop fans admitted to having committed a criminal act, compared to 18% of fans of musicals. (Not all survey results conformed easily to stereotypes: Opera buffs were least likely to take showers and wash their hair , for example, whereas fans of "DJ-based music" were frequent shampooers.) The findings are described in three papers in press in the journal Psychology of Music."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan
    And classical music lovers' incomes averaged $66,000 compared to $44,000 for lovers of popular dance music.
    Yeah, that is what I thought, and that is why I have been loving classical music for a couple of decades now. Didn't work, though

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    Re: Why Classical Music stereotypes tend to be true

    That's great.
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
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    "serious music" ... as if the rest of us are just kidding

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    Talking Re: Why Classical Music stereotypes tend to be true

    And here I thought you were discussing Sony, Magnavox, and Panasonic.
    Styxx

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    Re: Why Classical Music stereotypes tend to be true

    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan
    Opera buffs were least likely to take showers and wash their hair , for example
    That statistic is obviously a red herring.

    At least it smells like one.

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    For the opera buffs...

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    Re: Why Classical Music stereotypes tend to be true

    Quote Originally Posted by Dargason
    That statistic is obviously a red herring.

    At least it smells like one.
    Better than a red hairing...
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
    My MP3s | My Melody Generator | my album
    "serious music" ... as if the rest of us are just kidding

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    Re: Why Classical Music stereotypes tend to be true

    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan
    Science NOW Daily reports:
    "............... And classical music lovers' incomes averaged $66,000 compared to $44,000 for lovers of popular dance music. ..........................

    A pity that the writers of classical music didn't have that income.
    And the writers of all kinds of "popular music" they have ......?

    Raymond - more is going out then in and the month is always longer than my income

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    Re: Why Classical Music stereotypes tend to be true

    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan
    The findings are described in three papers in press in the journal Psychology of Music."
    ... Which has all kinds of fascinating stuff in it.... http://pom.sagepub.com/

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    Re: Why Classical Music stereotypes tend to be true

    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan
    And classical music lovers' incomes averaged $66,000 compared to $44,000 for lovers of popular dance music.
    Does that mean that if I'm into both I can have $110,000?

    More seriously though, I believe David Hargreaves was the external marker of my dissertation when I did Music Psychology - I did fairly well, so I think he's a nice chap.

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