The Gold-MSI is a new self-report inventory and test battery for individual differences in musical sophistication. It measures the ability to engage with music in a flexible, effective and nuanced way. All materials can be used free of charge and are available for download. The self-report inventory has also been translated into German, Danish and French.
An online version of the Gold-MSI was implemented by BBC LabUK as the How Musical Are You? test and has been taken by more than 190,000 people in 2011 and 2012. Read the full results of this very large survey in the open access journal PLOS One: The Musicality of Non-Musicians: An Index for Measuring Musical sophistication in the General Population
The Gold-MSI was designed with the following features in mind:
The self-report inventory also allows the scoring of a General Musical Sophistication factor that incorporates aspects from all five sub-scales.
The battery of listening tests currently consists of following musical ability tests:
For results and details see the paper The Musicality of Non-Musicians (for Melodic Memory and Beat Perception tests) and the paper Perceptual dimensions of short audio clips and corresponding timbre features (for Sound Similarity test).
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