Highest level of education: Ethnic background:
1. Circle the statement that most accurately describes you:
a) I intend to or am in the process of pursuing a career related to music or other performing arts.
b) I listen to music recreationally.
c) I am active in organizing or attending music/arts
events within my scene.
2. Have you ever reluctantly taken up "interest" in a kind of music that didn't especially appeal to you, but that you felt would aid you socially by gaining acceptance from an elite clique or by simply providing more common interests and opportunities for interaction with others? Or have you purposely neglected to mention liking certain genres for the same reasons?
3. If applicable, please describe any previous music education you may have received and how it influenced your sentiments towards the type of music studied.
4. How do you discover most of your new music?
a) radio and television
b) (maga)zine/newspaper/online reviews
c) recommendations from peers or relatives
d) concert flyers
5. Do you consider yourself to have come from a musical family? What kind of music were you brought up on and how is it similar or different from the kind(s) you enjoy now?
a) Please list some musical genres you listen to frequently and provide an example of each:
b) What are some popular stereotypes, judgments or misconceptions that other people often have towards enthusiasts of these genres as well as their cultural implications? Check all that apply:
__ requires little/no talent or technical proficiency
__ technically challenging
__ meaningless chaotic noise
__ repetitive, generic and manufactured
__ a timeless, classic, revolutionary exhibition of outstanding artistry
__ emotional, melodic, expressive
__ superior to most other genres
The message or scene:
__ shallow, very fashion based
__ melodramatic/attention-seeking bullshit
__ socially productive and effective
__ existentialist or humanist
__ "Down with the establishment!"
__ a whiney, cheap, empty cause
__ destroys society and corrupts youth through practices of an immoral, promiscuous lifestyle
__ contributes to developing a safer, more civilized and tolerant society
The musicians and fans:
__ elite snobs
__ narrow minded
__ open minded, tolerant and accepting
__ stupid or ignorant
__ intelligent, self-motivated critical thinkers
__ easygoing, friendly and approachable
__ drug users/substance dependent
__ emotionally troubled, possibly depressed or suicidal
__ emotionally stable and balanced
__ politically aware
__ sexually promiscuous
__ high in moral standard
__ spoiled, wealthy, extravagant
c) When others criticize your culture of embodying any of these negative, how do you defend yourself and your community? Do you see even minimal truth in any of these stereotypes?
7. Does knowing the genre, record label, or culture affiliated with an artist generate a heavy impact on your willingness to sample their music? Do you often find music sounding dynamically different, or people identified with a specific culture more pleasant than any preconceived notions you had?
8. Which statement do you find to be most true? "Identifying oneself through a culture or musical genre:
a) answers a call of human nature for security, community and belonging.
b) fills one with a sense of duty and purpose, gives one something to fight for.
c) indicates an insufficient capacity for independent thinking, and maybe even weakness.
d) results from a conditioned consumerist mindset that buying into a mass-advertised product (in this case, music) will enhance one's charm and respectability.
e) results from the disenchantment of being raised in a highly secular society that offers very little in the realm of spiritual guidance. Music and culture act as replacements for religion, philosophy and any other metaphysical doctrines.
9. Is there a genre/culture that you highly dislike or even hate? Explain.