I couldn’t leave yesterday’s post without resolution, so I logged back into my BBC account this morning, all prepared to re-take the musicality test, and lo! my original results were ready and waiting. Which kinda sucked because I thought I might get a little extra advantage with the practical tests by having done them before. Nevermind. I’m not going to do an in-depth break down of my results, it’s only of cursory interest to me so I highly doubt anyone else out there has been super-keen on reading every last detail.
I’m surprised by the low musical curiosity score, though. According to the lab technicians, a low score “suggests that you aren’t really open to exploring new music, and prefer to listen to the genres and artists you are already familiar with. As a result, you are likely to be exposed to a limited range of musical styles and have a more focused range of musical taste than the average person“.
I really don’t think that could be more wrong, and stuffed if I know how that was determined.
The practical test results were the most interesting to me, and in most cases I did a better than I thought. Judging by the overall results, it also seems choosing ‘I think so‘ more often than ‘I’m absolutely certain‘ taints the results somewhat – by which I mean it appears to affect other results by way of indicating a lack of confidence in one’s skills, even if the skills are above average. At least I’ve gone ahead and assumed my results were above average, if but only slightly, with an average success rate of 70% between the four prac tests. (Lowest was 50%, highest was 90%. Funnily enough, the 90% was for determining whether a beat was in time with the music, and the 50% was for keeping time myself. I guess this means I can tell if someone else has got rhythm, but I don’t have it myself. Hmm, and I wonder how I ended up reviewing music instead of playing it!)
All up, the test didn’t tell me anything new, really. For example, the little paragraph informing me about my emotional connection to music said:
…music can strongly influence your feelings and you may even use it to manage your mood. It’s likely that you also find music a powerful tool for reconnecting with past events and memories. Your results suggest you connect more deeply with music than most people, with some songs having the power to completely change your emotional state.
Indeed. I once told someone that I occasionally create playlists specifically designed to shift my mood from one state to another. They told me that was a weird way to listen to music.
The moral of all this is: people make far more interesting, memorable observations and evaluations than standardised test results.