Music, musicians, and information seeking behaviour: A case study on a community concert band

Petros A. Kostagiolas, Charilaos Lavranos, Nikolaos Korfiatis, Joseph Papadatos, Sozon Papavlassopoulos

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While several studies in the literature have addressed music information seeking behavior from the perspective of hedonic motives, (e.g. entertainment oriented), music information can also be used for utilitarian purposes, by providing amateur musicians the necessary tools to improve their skill and become better in their practice. This paper provides a user study of information seeking behavior targeted at amateur musicians, based on an empirical survey conducted on participants recruited from a community concert band (N=147). The paper builds a framework for music information seeking based on Wilsons’ macro model of information behavior in order to understand information motives and needs, perceived importance of information needs when seeking information, as well as obstacles and barriers in information seeking. Results highlight the utilitarian aspect of music information seeking and contribute empirical evidence in the literature, both from the perspective of designing music information spaces, as well as incorporating them in the music education process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-24
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Documentation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2015


  • User studies
  • Information behaviour
  • Information research
  • Concert band community
  • Music information
  • Survey

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