Music USE Questionnaire

The Music USE (abbreviated the “MUSE”) questionnaire is a published measure incorporating quality and quantity indices of both music production and music reception. MUSE provides the user with a music engagement profile, as indicated by the following three indices and five distinct styles of music engagement.

Index of Music Training captures an individual’s music background, as assessed by the highest level of formal music training, other types of informal music training, and completion of certified examinations.

Index of Music Instrument Playing assesses the intensity of practice, measured by the duration and frequency, as well as the regularity of instrument playing.

Index of Music Listening assesses the intensity of music listening, measured by the weekly frequency and daily duration of intentional music listening.

Music Engagement Styles:

  • Cognitive & Emotional Regulation

  • Engaged Production

  • Social Connection

  • Physical Exercise

  • Dance

Related Publications

Chin, T. C., & Rickard, N. S. (2014). Beyond positive and negative trait affect: Flourishing through music engagement. Psychology of Well-Being: Theory, Research and Practice, 4(1), 1-13.
Rickard, N. S., & Chin, T. C. (accepted 3rd April 2014, in press). Musicians who don’t play: The importance of music in defining a non-musician’s musical identity. In R. A. R., MacDonald, D. J., Hargreaves, & D. E., Miell (Eds.), Handbook of Musical Identities. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Chin, T. C., & Rickard, N. S. (2014). Emotion regulation strategy mediates both positive and negative relationships between music uses and well-being. Psychology of Music, 42, 692-713.
Chin, T. C., & Rickard, N. S. (2012). The Music USE (MUSE) Questionnaire: An instrument to measure engagement in music. Music Perception, 29(4), 429-446.
Chin, T. C., & Rickard, N. S. (2012). Re-conceptualizing ‘musicianship’: Music performance and training through to music reception and engagement. In N. S., Rickard, & K., McFerran (Eds.), Lifelong engagement with music: Benefits for mental health and well- being. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Chin, T. C., & Rickard, N. S. (2010). Nonperformance, as well as performance, based music engagement predicts verbal recall. Music Perception, 27(3), 197-208.

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