Factors of motivation to participation in LGBTQaffinity choruses

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
William G. Southerland Jr. (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Brett Nolker

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine the demographic make-up of LGBTQaffinity choruses, to assess the degree of participation by these individuals, and to understand how participant demographics influence the perceived importance of various motivational factors which impact participation. Following pilot qualitative research to determine motivational factors, a novel internet-based survey instrument was created to determine the relative importance of selected factors on beginning and continuing participation in LGBTQ-affinity choruses. In total, 706 individuals fully completed the Likert-type matrix questions and comprised the sample for this study. Data were analyzed using appropriate measurements for each data type including descriptive statistics, single factor and multifactor analysis of variance (ANOVA), and logistic ordinal regression. Descriptive findings indicated that study participants were overwhelmingly white, upper middle-class, well-educated, high income, and lived in medium to large urban areas. Bisexual, pansexual, and gender-expansive individuals were represented at considerably higher rates in this study than reported in national surveys. Logistic regression analysis of Likert-type responses for various motivational factors suggested that participant responses were strongly correlated with demographic characteristics, especially those related to socioeconomic status (e.g. income and education) and racial identity. Overall, participants appeared more motivated to participate by social and political factors than by musical factors although differences appeared based on participant demographics. Participants with more exposure to music education appeared more motivated by musical factors, while participants with less exposure appeared more motivated by social and political factors. Discussion of the study includes a summary of findings for each demographic characteristic and recommendations for practice and further research.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2020
GALA Choruses, Gay and lesbian, Leisure, Motivation, Music education, Singing
Choruses $x Population
Sexual minorities
Demographic surveys. $2 lcgft

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