Take the Survey


If you have any questions or comments about the study, you're welcome to get in touch: chancesandchoices@sheffield.ac.uk.

I look forward to reading about your musical life history - many thanks for your participation.

Permission to publish

By submitting your story here you are agreeing to its publication on the forum, and in any future research articles or other writing associated with this project. There will be an option later for you to make your story anonymous or include your name. Please tick the box below to confirm you understand this.

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Some background information

  1. So that I can compare responses between countries and across generations, please give me the following background information on when and where you went to school.

  2. I also need some information on your formal music education (if you had one), so please give details below of any lessons or qualifications in music that you have taken.  You will have chance to expand on these answers later, so brief details are fine at this stage.

  3. Please give a brief description of your current involvement in music:

  4. Please tell me where you heard about this research project:

Thank you for those details.  The rest of the questionnaire is more open-ended: there are five prompts about home background, school experiences, influential people, highlights and regrets, and you can use those to tell your story in whatever way makes sense to you.

Please answer in as much detail as you feel able to, focusing on those questions which are most relevant to you, and giving specific memories and examples whenever you can.



Life history prompts

  1. What kind of music was going on in your home as a child? How influential do you think this was in your development?

  2. What are your memories of school music? (These might include people, activities, opportunities…)

  3. Who has been influential on your musical behaviour at various stages of your life?

  4. What have been the highlights of your musical life history so far?

  5. Do you have any regrets about missed opportunities in music?

  6. Please add any final comments below on the process of telling your musical life history, or any other details that you feel you've missed out of your account so far.


Contact details

If you would like to submit your story anonymously, please leave the name field below blank. If you would rather publish under your own name or a pseudonym, please give those details below. Similarly, please include your e-mail address. If you are happy for this to appear on the forum please confirm so in question 3. If you want your email to only be used by me to contact you then please type No instead.

  1. Name:

  2. Email:

  3. Are you happy for me to publish your email on the forum?

Please agree to the terms at the top of the page.