The musical preferences of elementary students and their teachers are examined as expressions of forms of life, or musical habitus, which are in keeping with occupational and other life experiences a decade later. Administration of a Q sample composed of names of singers and song titles resulted in three factors, one of which was bipolar: (A) Popular Music Lovers, who embrace top-40 music; (B) Adult Listeners, who gravitate to country and classic rock, and a bipolar group of young males, who prefer Rap and Heavy Metal; and (C) Musical Omnivores, who like a variety of music. Concluding comments speak to the irreducibility of forms of life and their amenability to examination via Q methodology.
McKenzie, Taylor P.; Brown, Steven R. (2014). Musical Preferences and Forms of Life. Operant Subjectivity 37(1-2) 97-105. doi: 10.15133/j.os2014.007. Retrieved from https://oaks.kent.edu/flapubs/66