A Study on the Influence of Rock Music on Adolescents

This was a qualitative research study that determined the influence of rock music on adolescents by gathering empirical data and thematic coding analysis. The participants are all college students with a total of 30 respondents. Twelve (12) males and eighteen (18) females were involved in this study. Average age of males is 18.75 and females 20.73.

Rock music is very popular especially with the youth. The researchers have identified salient themes and common ideologies of adolescents about rock music. All of them listen to rock music and somehow use this genre of music to stimulate or release their anxiety as stated in the results.

The researchers may infer that music has effects on the individuals’ personality, actions, decisions, and even cognitive enhancement. This study focused on the influence of rock music on their lives.Many studies have been done about rock music but insufficient data has been concluded on the effects of rock music. The researchers acknowledge the fact that this study is purely descriptive and does not assess, evaluate or correlate the data gathered.

Four major themes emerged in the study: Energized, Enthusiastic, Emotional and Displacement of Aggression. More males (28%) are drawn to rock music and consider it as a stimulant as opposed to females (10%). The difference may appear insignificant and further studies could support this finding.

Music is something that every person has his or her own preference. Different people have different tastes, and various types of music have many ways of leaving an impact on someone. It can be relaxing, disturbing, soothing, energizing, and many more.

Among the respondents who all listen to rock music, majority of both males and females (66.67%) are willing to expose their children to rock music at an early age. This statement is true for both males and females despite the differences in ages and reasons for listening to rock music. In terms of age, the average age for males is 18.75 and females 20.73. The findings show that females are older; yet, willing to expose their future children to rock music.

The researchers determined that even though males (28%) felt more energized than females (10%), both male and females were willing to expose their future sons and daughters to rock music at an early age.

According to the study of Davis 2005, understanding how students make music in non-school settings can inform teaching practice in schools, making teaching more relevant to students’ musical perspectives. This research study examined the musical processes of a three-member rock band, their roles within the group, and considered how they constructed musical meaning. The most salient findings that emerged from this study lie at the intersection of musical growth, musical enculturation, and musical meaning. Collaborative composing was facilitated by shared musical tastes and grounded in friendship and commitment to music making. Engagement and investment in the music prompted meaningful musical experiences for group members. Ownership, agency, relevance, and personal expression fuse at the core of the value they place on this musical and social experience. Implications for the instrumental music classroom are also shared.

Rock music is most popular to the adolescents and has a reputation of being their outlet to social, economic, psychological and emotional issues in their lives. This is a phenomenon that must be investigated and cultured in order to use this medium of music to enhance and develop morals of our adolescents.