Music Motivation Survey

Learning to play piano


UPDATE: July 16, 2010.  We have written a brief report on the preliminary results of the study.  Thank you to everyone who participated!

Link to results:

Music Motivation Survey Preliminary Results (Piano)


UPDATE:  July 13, 2010.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the surveys below.  They are now closed so that we can download the data and begin the analysis.  In a day or two we will post some preliminary analyses to give you a sense of what we found. 


Thank you again for your time and for sharing your  thoughts and experiences with us!


Welcome to the Music Motivation Survey.  This is a research project conducted by researchers in the Department of Psychology at Cape Breton University. The research is supervised by Professor Peter MacIntyre.

The purpose of this study is to investigate various aspects of musical motivation for playing piano.  We are studying how these motivations are related to each other, as well as how they vary from individual to individual. It takes about 15 minutes to complete the survey.  There are questions about the types of music you play, your reasons for playing and practicing piano, how you see yourself as a musician, and so on.  We welcome all participants, from beginners to experts, including people who have not played in a while.

In order to participate in this research study, it is necessary that you give your informed consent.

By clicking the link below you are indicating that you agree to participate in the research.  Please consider the following points before clicking:


1        I understand that I am participating in research on my motivation for music;


2        I understand that my participation will be anonymous (that is, my name or e-mail will not be linked with my data) and that all information I provide will remain confidential;


3        I may contact the CBU Research Ethics Board if I have questions concerning my rights as a participant in the research or to report a problem with the way the research is being conducted.


4        I understand that participation in research is voluntary and that I may refuse to answer any question or quit the survey without penalty.


I am at least 18 years of age, I understand the above information, and consent to participate in this study. 

Click here to go to the Main Survey.

[the survey is now closed, it will not accept new entries.  Thank you to all who participated!]

Survey 2:  A second survey is available as a follow up to the one above.  Some people have responded that they would prefer to write paragraphs describing their experiences learning to play piano.  If you feel that the above survey does not allow you to describe your unique experiences, please complete Survey 2.

 Click here to find Survey 2.

[the survey is now closed, it will not accept new entries.  Thank you to all who participated!]

You may print off this sheet if you wish to keep it for your records.

Contacts for the project, or to receive a copy of the results when the research is finished:

Researcher:  Peter MacIntyre (Psychology professor, Cape Breton University, Sydney, NS, Canada)
        Email contact:    

Questions or complaints about how the project is conducted can be addressed to:

        Prof. Sylvia Burrows, Chair CBU Research Ethics Board
        Email contact:
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