Obviously the origin of music taste is a complex and intriguing topic. One of which no hard science exists (none that I have ever heard of anyway). Yet music is a part of all cultures and all people.
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The article entitled ‘Where Does Music Taste Originate?’ is valuable when discussing the nature vs. nurture debate. This article is valuable because it discusses the debate effectively and gives clear examples throughout. For the nature side of the debate, evidence is provided that nature is not a factor of forming an individual’s music taste, as parent and child music tastes generally do not align. The main reasons for this are the generation gap, which is the difference in time of growing up between parent and child; this means a different culture, a different environment and ultimately a different identity upon growing up. On the other hand evidence is provided that nurture is a factor of forming an individuals music taste, the music children are raised on generally sticks with them and so similarities with the family pop up when choosing music. An example from the article is the journalist and her father overlapping on the music choice of ABBA. Her father was around when ABBA was selling records and therefore the journalist has grown up listening to ABBA. The nature vs. nurture debate is clearly shown through this article and the content covered in it.
By Molly D-P