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The Musical Temperament$
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Anthony E. Kemp

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198523628

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523628.001.0001

Musicians in popular fields

(p.183) Ten: Musicians in popular fields
The Musical Temperament


Oxford University Press

This chapter examines three main dimensions of personality that have received a small amount of investigation in the context of those musicians working in the popular field. In doing so, the main goal is to develop insights into very different types of musicians. The first point of discussion is extraversion. Despite the fact that listeners to popular music styles, particularly jazz and rock, appear to be extraverted, little hard evidence for higher levels of extroversion is forthcoming for these types of musician. Based on the study of 70 musicians made by Wills and Cooper, neuroticism and stress also appear to characterize the popular musician as much as their classical counterparts due to the precarious lifestyles they tend to have. Another dimension that seems to appear in these musicians is psychotism. Evidence here shows that high levels of psychotism appear in drummers, guitarists, trumpeters, and trombonist players.

Keywords:   personality, musicians, extraversion, neuroticism, popular musician, psychotism

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