Sounding Out: Using music elicitation in qualitative research

Allett, Nicola (2010) Sounding Out: Using music elicitation in qualitative research. NCRM Working Paper. Realities / Morgan Centre, Manchester.

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Drawing on various media for elicitation within qualitative social research may generate thick and rich descriptions and discussion. This article introduces music as a valuable research tool and argues that music can serve to elicit data in relation to areas, topics, and feelings that typically remain unspoken or that are difficult to uncover in a conventional qualitative interview. The article considers the existing use of music methods and presents the potential benefits of using music and, in particular, music elicitation for qualitative research. It then presents a practical example of music elicitation in use, through considering a piece of research conducted with Extreme Metal fans. In doing so, the article addresses key considerations and methodological issues that may arise from using the method.

Item Type: Working Paper (NCRM Working Paper)
Additional Information: For a practical introduction to how to use music as a way of eliciting data, see also Nicola Allett's toolkit on the same theme: 'Using Music Elicitation to Research People’s Relationship with Music' Nicola Allett, University of Manchester, January 2010, available from
Uncontrolled Keywords: music elicitation, music in qualitative research
Subjects: 2. Data Collection > 2.12 Data Collection (other)
Depositing User: Realities user
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2012 10:20
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2021 13:56

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