Music, Musicians, and Information Seeking Behavior: A Case Study on a Community Concert Band

21 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2013

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Petros Kostagiolas

Ionian University

Charilaos Lavranos

Ionian University

Sozon Papavlasopoulos

Ionian University

Nikolaos Korfiatis

University of East Anglia (UEA) - Norwich Business School

Joseph Papadatos

Ionian University

Date Written: June 25, 2013

Abstract

While several studies in the literature have addressed music information seeking behavior from the perspective of hedonic motives, (e.g. entertainment oriented), music information can also be used for utilitarian purposes, by providing amateur musicians the necessary tools to improve their skill and become better in their practice. This paper provides a user study of information seeking behavior targeted at amateur musicians, based on an empirical survey conducted on participants recruited from a community concert band (N=147). The paper builds a framework for music information seeking based on Wilsons’ macro model of information behavior in order to understand information motives and needs, perceived importance of information needs when seeking information, as well as obstacles and barriers in information seeking. Results highlight the utilitarian aspect of music information seeking and contribute empirical evidence in the literature, both from the perspective of designing music information spaces, as well as incorporating them in the music education process.

Keywords: music information seeking, information needs, information behavior, information resources, concert band community

Suggested Citation

Kostagiolas, Petros and Lavranos, Charilaos and Papavlasopoulos, Sozon and Korfiatis, Nikolaos and Papadatos, Joseph, Music, Musicians, and Information Seeking Behavior: A Case Study on a Community Concert Band (June 25, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2285003 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2285003

Petros Kostagiolas

Ionian University ( email )

7, Rizospaston Voulefton av.
49100 Corfu
Greece

Charilaos Lavranos

Ionian University ( email )

7, Rizospaston Voulefton av.
49100 Corfu
Greece

Sozon Papavlasopoulos

Ionian University ( email )

7, Rizospaston Voulefton av.
49100 Corfu
Greece

Nikolaos Korfiatis (Contact Author)

University of East Anglia (UEA) - Norwich Business School ( email )

Norwich
NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

Joseph Papadatos

Ionian University ( email )

7, Rizospaston Voulefton av.
49100 Corfu
Greece

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