The musical preferences of elementary students and their teachers are examined as expressions of forms of life, or musical habitus, which are in keeping with occupational and other life experiences a decade later. Administration of a Q sample composed of names of singers and song titles resulted in three factors, one of which was bipolar: (A) Popular Music Lovers, who embrace top-40 music; (B) Adult Listeners, who gravitate to country and classic rock, and a bipolar group of young males, who prefer Rap and Heavy Metal; and (C) Musical Omnivores, who like a variety of music. Concluding comments speak to the irreducibility of forms of life and their amenability to examination via Q methodology.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.15133/j.os.2014.007
Journal Operant Subjectivity