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Archer Girls Talk Music

Photograph by Rosemary Pastron (’16)

Earphones in, music on, world off. Every teenager is constantly in this zone of tuning out and tuning in: living under the power of the headphones 24/7, and rocking out to any number of artists. But do we know exactly how important they consider music or what they are listening to?

The Oracle sent out a survey requesting the opinions of  Archer students on different aspects of music. The 142 anonymous students who responded also rated the importance of music in their lives on a scale of one to five (five signifying the most importance).

The Students' response to the survey showing a the rating to be a majority of 5.
The Students’ response to the survey showing a the rating to be a majority of 5.

According to the results, no student rated music as a “one,” or of having minimal importance. Instead, over half the students rated its importance as a five, indicating maximum importance. The other half said it had great importance but not as extreme— ratings in the threes or fours.

The survey collected information from students in grades sixth through twelfth. Modern day stereotypes exhibit girls in this age group “fan-girling” over Teen pop icons. But with respect to the data collected, is this an accurate representation? Apparently, it is.

The students mentioned artists they considered to be their favorite.  More than 82 artists were mentioned by the 142 students. But which name kept popping up?

The answer: Taylor Swift.

Fifteen girls said their favorite artist of all time was the mesmerizing 23-year-old country singer. Close behind was the boy band One Direction with 14 votes. Other frequently mentioned artists were Vampire Weekend, Bruno Mars, The BeatlesArctic Monkeys, Lorde, and Eminem. Yet not everyone could pinpoint their favorite artist— 30 girls said they were undecided.

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The pie graph shows the amount of times each genre was named as a students’ favorite.

The survey also asked students to indicate their favorite and least favorite genres. As seen to the left, the two biggest sections are Pop (at 34.8% of the students) and Alternative (28.3% of the students). From there, other genres of high preference were Hip-Hop/Rap, Rock & Roll, Easy Listenings/Swings, etc. “Other Genre” (8% of students) refers to all genres rarely mentioned. This includes Classical, Country, K-Pop, Epic Music Genre, Dubstep, Electronic, Show Tunes, Musical Theatre, Christmas, Dance, and Soul with Pop. The “Other” category refers to the approximately 2.5% of students saying they did not have a favorite genre or it was dependent on their mood.

Finally, students were asked how they would describe their music taste. 59 girls chose the option “I listen to anything except for a couple of genres.” 33 girls said, “I only listen to my favorite genre,” and 35 girls indicated “I like ALL types of music.” Interestingly enough, 15 girls gave  “other” replies such as, “I listen to anything except country,” contradicting Taylor Swift’s majority as the most liked artist.

Students listen to a wide array of various music styles. Regardless of what genre or artist they are listening to, music plays an important role in these students’ lives.


Featured Image: An Archer student listening to music on the bus. Photographer: Rosemary Pastron ’16

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    Athena SchlerethOct 29, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Interesting article and survey results! It seems like nobody loves rock & roll anymore. Joan Jett would weep.

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    Sage OrvisOct 29, 2013 at 3:53 am

    I’ve always had conflict with this genre “alternative.” It seems like a name put on a certain kind of pop to avoid the accusations of being “mainstream.” Alternative music is generally associated with being underground, unknown, and hipster-ish. However according to the poll results that is clearly not the case. Pop is short for popular, and with alternative being the second most favored genre of music, wouldn’t it be considered popular as well?

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    Brian WogensenOct 29, 2013 at 3:18 am

    I’m not sure Heavy Metal and Punk should be sitting together in the same category. This said, I love the data. Clearly more Archer girls need to listen to Metal and Punk, but not at the same time.

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    ErinOct 29, 2013 at 1:31 am

    This was super interesting! I didn’t expect students’ tastes in music to vary so much and didn’t know how many students would consider music such a huge part of their lives, but I wasn’t surprised that Alternative and Pop were the top genres 🙂 Thanks for writing such a cool and relevant article!