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Musical experiences survey

Director, MIMM: Dr. Laurel Trainor, Ph.D.,
Research Coordinators: Susan Marsh-Rollo (, Sally Stafford (
Researchers: Lucas Klein (

Sponsors: SSHRC

Purpose of the study:  
To better understand how musicians describe their experiences of playing music with others.

Description of the research: 
We will ask you some background questions. We will then ask you to think about enjoyable group music experiences and answer questions about how you feel when you play music or sing with others. We will then ask you to fill out some more questionnaires on your musical background and expertise.

The entire process will take around 25 minutes. If you need assistance at any time during the process, please email

Potential harms:
The risks of participating are minimal. You may choose to not answer questions on the questionnaires if they make you feel uncomfortable. There is a risk that someone else in the vicinity of your workspace or who has access to your computer could see or hear your responses; to minimize this risk, it is recommended that you complete the study in a private place and clear your web browser's history after submitting your responses.

Potential benefits:
The results will not benefit you directly but will increase our understanding of how people interact when playing music together, which is important for understanding human behaviour and building healthy societies.

Study incentive:
After completing the study, you will have a choice to participate in a draw for a cash or gift card prize. You will need to use your email to enter the draw, but it will not be associated with your questionnaire data, which will remain anonymous. The odds of winning the draw will depend on how many people take part in the study, but we will give away approximately one $50 prize per 50 participants. We expect to contact the winners before the end of April 2024. The prize will be sent by email as a promotional code or cheque. You are still eligible to participate in the draw even if you withdraw before completing the study.

Your responses will only be identifiable by your unique participant code and the researcher will not know who corresponds to what participant code. All potentially identifying data will be kept confidential and securely stored in the LIVELab and may be used for future research. Data may be uploaded to an online repository and made publicly available, however, all raw survey data will go through a process of determining potential identifiability and an anonymous dataset will be created prior to sharing. 

Confidentiality will be respected and no information that discloses your identity will be released or published without your consent unless required by law (for example, laws pertaining to the protection of vulnerable individuals including children). Data collected by LimeSurvey is stored on secure servers at McMaster University. All data will remain in Dr. Trainor's lab, stored in de-identified form for possible future analysis, until such time as they are destroyed. 

Participation and withdrawal:
Participation in research is voluntary. If you choose to participate, you are free to withdraw from the study at any time without any negative consequences, even after consenting. You can withdraw at any point in the survey by clicking the button in the top-right corner of the page labelled "Exit and clear survey". If you withdraw, your data will not be collected and any other data you have submitted will be deleted.

Information about the study results:
Any results from this study that are published in the future can be accessed via You can also indicate in the consent section if you wish to receive newsletters summarizing the results of this and other studies conducted in the LIVELab.

Ethics review:
This study has been approved by the McMaster University Research Ethics Board (MREB) and received ethics clearance. If you have concerns or questions about your rights as a participant or about the way the study is conducted, please contact:

McMaster Research Ethics Board
Telephone: (905) 525-9140 ext. 23142
C/o Research Office for Administrative Development and Support

If you have any questions about this study, you may contact the lab via email at, or by telephone: (905) 525-9149 ext. 25483


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