People tend to participate in musical activities, whether it is making or listening to music, for reasons that are related to basic psychological needs. The present study explored whether the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) has changed the reasons for participating in musical activities and examined the relationship between these reasons and well-being during as well as before the pandemic. In total 246 people (between 18- 35 years) completed a survey during the pandemic which contained questions relating to the reasons for participating in musical activities – namely the promotion of identity and agency, mood regulation, relaxation and company, enjoyment – and to subjective and eudaimonic well-being before and after the outbreak of the pandemic. Results showed that during the pandemic compared to before people more often chose music to promote identity and agency, mood regulation, and relaxation and company. Two of the reasons that were invoked more often – namely identity and agency and mood regulation – positively predicted eudaimonic and subjective well-being, respectively, during the pandemic as well as before. Together, these findings extend previous research by showing that some reasons for music participation are significantly linked to well-being not only before but also during the pandemic.
|Journal||Psychology of Music|
|Publication status||Submitted - Nov 2021|