Assessing musical ability and musical expertise online: Adaptations of the Musical Ear Test (MET) and Goldsmiths Musical Sophistication Index (Gold-MSI)

We present an online adaptation of the Musical Ear Test (MET; Wallentin et al., 2010) and of the Goldsmiths Musical Sophistication Index (Gold-MSI; Müllensiefen et al., 2014). The MET is an objective test of musical ability and the Gold-MSI a self-report questionnaire of musical experience and behaviors. We make both tasks available in four languages: English, European Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Italian. The tasks include an option to provide participants with feedback on their results at the end.

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Musical Ear Test (MET) - English Instructions

On each of 104 trials, listeners hear two musical patterns, a standard followed by a comparison. Their task is to determine (Yes/No) whether the standard and comparison are identical. In the Melody subtest, presented first, the listener hears sequences of tones. In the Rhythm subtest, present second, the listener hears sequences of drum beats. The task takes approximately 18 minutes to complete. We ask researchers using the online adaptation provided here to acknowledge the original publication (Wallentin et al., 2010), along with the one that accompanies the adaptation (Correia et al., 2021).

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Musical Ear Test (MET) - European Portuguese Instructions

On each of 104 trials, listeners hear two musical patterns, a standard followed by a comparison. Their task is to determine (Yes/No) whether the standard and comparison are identical. In the Melody subtest, presented first, the listener hears sequences of tones. In the Rhythm subtest, present second, the listener hears sequences of drum beats. The task takes approximately 18 minutes to complete. We ask researchers using the online adaptation provided here to acknowledge the original publication (Wallentin et al., 2010), along with the one that accompanies the adaptation (Correia et al., 2021).

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Musical Ear Test (MET) - Brazilian Portuguese Instructions

On each of 104 trials, listeners hear two musical patterns, a standard followed by a comparison. Their task is to determine (Yes/No) whether the standard and comparison are identical. In the Melody subtest, presented first, the listener hears sequences of tones. In the Rhythm subtest, present second, the listener hears sequences of drum beats. The task takes approximately 18 minutes to complete. We ask researchers using the online adaptation provided here to acknowledge the original publication (Wallentin et al., 2010), along with the one that accompanies the adaptation (Correia et al., 2021).

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Musical Ear Test (MET) - Italian Instructions

On each of 104 trials, listeners hear two musical patterns, a standard followed by a comparison. Their task is to determine (Yes/No) whether the standard and comparison are identical. In the Melody subtest, presented first, the listener hears sequences of tones. In the Rhythm subtest, present second, the listener hears sequences of drum beats. The task takes approximately 18 minutes to complete. We ask researchers using the online adaptation provided here to acknowledge the original publication (Wallentin et al., 2010), along with the one that accompanies the adaptation (Correia et al., 2021).

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Goldsmiths Musical Sophistication Index (Gold-MSI) - Original Version (English)

The Gold-MSI includes 38 items that evaluate different behaviors and skills related to music. The items are grouped to form five subscales - Active Engagement, Perceptual Abilities, Music Training, Singing Abilities, and Emotions -, and a general factor of musical sophistication is also calculated. For the first 31 items, participants jugde how much they agree with each statement on a 7-point rating scale (1 = completely disagree, 7 = completely agree). For the final seven items, they select one of seven alternatives from an ordinal scale that varies from item to item. We ask researchers using the online adaptation provided here to acknowledge the original publication (Müllensiefen et al., 2014), along with the one that accompanies the adaptation (Correia et al., 2021).

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Goldsmiths Musical Sophistication Index (Gold-MSI) - European Portuguese Version

The Gold-MSI includes 38 items that evaluate different behaviors and skills related to music. The items are grouped to form five subscales - Active Engagement, Perceptual Abilities, Music Training, Singing Abilities, and Emotions -, and a general factor of musical sophistication is also calculated. For the first 31 items, participants jugde how much they agree with each statement on a 7-point rating scale (1 = completely disagree, 7 = completely agree). For the final seven items, they select one of seven alternatives from an ordinal scale that varies from item to item. We ask researchers using the online adaptation provided here to acknowledge the original and the validated publications (Original version, Müllensiefen et al., 2014; Portuguese validation, Lima et al., 2020), along with the one that accompanies the adaptation (Correia et al., 2021).

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Lima, C. F., Correia, A. I., Müllensiefen, D., & Castro, S. L. (2020). Goldsmiths Musical Sophistication Index (Gold-MSI): Portuguese version and associations with socio-demographic factors, personality and music preferences. Psychology of Music, 48(3), 376–388.
https://doi.org/10.1177/0305735618801997


Goldsmiths Musical Sophistication Index (Gold-MSI) - Brazilian Portuguese Version

The Gold-MSI includes 38 items that evaluate different behaviors and skills related to music. The items are grouped to form five subscales - Active Engagement, Perceptual Abilities, Music Training, Singing Abilities, and Emotions -, and a general factor of musical sophistication is also calculated. For the first 31 items, participants jugde how much they agree with each statement on a 7-point rating scale (1 = completely disagree, 7 = completely agree). For the final seven items, they select one of seven alternatives from an ordinal scale that varies from item to item. We ask researchers using the online adaptation provided here to acknowledge the original publication (Müllensiefen et al., 2014), along with the one that accompanies the adaptation (Correia et al., 2021).

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Goldsmiths Musical Sophistication Index (Gold-MSI) - Italian Version

The Gold-MSI includes 38 items that evaluate different behaviors and skills related to music. The items are grouped to form five subscales - Active Engagement, Perceptual Abilities, Music Training, Singing Abilities, and Emotions -, and a general factor of musical sophistication is also calculated. For the first 31 items, participants jugde how much they agree with each statement on a 7-point rating scale (1 = completely disagree, 7 = completely agree). For the final seven items, they select one of seven alternatives from an ordinal scale that varies from item to item. We ask researchers using the online adaptation provided here to acknowledge the original publication (Müllensiefen et al., 2014), along with the one that accompanies the adaptation (Correia et al., 2021).

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Preferred Citation Correia, A. I., Vincenzi, M., Vanzella, P., Pinheiro, A. P., Lima, C. F., & Schellenberg, E. G. (2021) Can Musical Ability be Tested Online? Behavior Research Methods
https://doi.org/10.3758/s13428-021-01641-2
Wallentin, M., Nielsen, A. H., Friis-Olivarius, M., Vuust, C., & Vuust, P. (2010). The Musical Ear Test, a new reliable test for measuring musical competence. Learning and Individual Differences, 20(3), 188–196.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lindif.2010.02.004
Müllensiefen, D., Gingras, B., Musil, J., & Stewart, L. (2014). The musicality of non-musicians: An index for assessing musical sophistication in the general population. PLoS ONE, 9(2), Article e89642.
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0089642
Conducted at CIS (Iscte-IUL) - Centre for Social Research and Intervention
Iscte - Lisbon University Institute
Lisbon, Portugal
Published on 30 March 2021
Corresponding author Prof Glenn Schellenberg Centro de Investigação e Intervenção Social (CIS-IUL)
Insituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL)