International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Your input requested: survey instrument to assess music vitality and viability

Please consider participating in the following survey, in support of a colleague's research project at the University of Newcastle.  See letter to Prof. Hassan below...


Dear A/Prof Hassan, 

I wonder whether you might be able to help me to distribute something to the members of the ICTM Study Group on Music in the Arab World? My postdoctoral project at the University of Newcastle aims to assess the usefulness of a survey instrument to assess music vitality and viability, and to help build a picture of the strength of the specific genres represented.  

I would like to invite members of the Arab World study group to participate in the questionnaire, which asks about the level of strength and viability of a music genre of the respondent's choice. It can be accessed via the following link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1629148/Music-Vitality-and-Endangerment . The survey will be open for a further 3-4 weeks. I am hoping to gather around 100 responses from all around the world. At the moment, the music genres from the Arab world are underrepresented in my responses.

I understand the ICTM Secretariat may have already forwarded this invitation to study group chairs a couple of months ago. As my data collection period draws to a close, I'd very much appreciate it if you could (re)distribute this invitation to the members of the group, and invite their contribution, or remind them of the possibility. 

Please let me know if you have any questions about this. Many thanks for your help. 

Kind regards,

Catherine Grant

Catherine Grant, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Newcastle (UoN)
School of Creative Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Author: Music Endangerment: How Language Maintenance Can Help (OUP, 2014)