Connecting Wealth and Musical Ability

The Guardian shares research showing the connection between wealth, neighborhood, and measurable musical talent.

The Guardian recently posted an article detailing the connections between British postal codes and musical ability. Everybody slow down, Bow E3 is a ‘hype ting’ but there is empirical data and some interesting takeaways. Clearly there are exception to every rule but on this site we are lovers on both music and data and statistics so this seemed in the vein of our typical reporting.

Interestingly, it was the categories that seemed more objective such as ‘melodic memory’ and ‘beat perception’ that showed the strongest statistical correlation with wealth.

The article on The Guardian contains a table of melodic memory as it correlates to geographic region, but the short answer is we need to be hearing grime from Hastings and West Somerset. By the way, yes Hackney did make the top 10 list.

Key Findings

  • People had better “musical sophistication” in periods of their lives with more flexibility, such as at school, university or when they are self-employed.
  • Late adolescence is where a peak stage is reached for sophisticated engagement with music.
  • Gender and ethnicity explained “very little” when it came to musical ability.
  • People working in music, media and education keep their links to music throughout their life.

Make Music Theory Fun

Hooktheory makes learning about basic music theory easy and fast. Analysis of popular music chord progressions and scales, and free ear training online

Contrary to what you might believe if you spend time on Soundcloud, or Pitchfork, there is a method to the madness of writing music.

Music theory is not an easy sell to a teenager with their first electric-guitar, or a freshly pirated DAW, but Hooktheory has manages to present the hows and whys of what makes “good music” sound “good.”

Highlighting chord progressions of popular songs and overlaying visuals of how everything relates on standard musical scales, Hooktheory provides a fun and interactive way to learn why the music we enjoy hearing sounds the way that it does.
Most Popular Keys - Graphed

Have fun browsing the interactive song charts, or give yourself some musical training for free at Hooktheory, and learn why the Axis of Awesome concept worked.