Music Elicitation Method

Publication: A methodological reflection on the use of music as an elicitation tool

In my research I have used an innovative research method; music elicitation. This is broadly similar to ‘Desert Island Discs’ on Radio 4, however in my study the participants also shared the music videos, and sometimes used the lyrics to help tell their stories.

For more information take a look at my paper on this; It is a methodological reflection of the use of music in narrative interviews.

It is an open access paper, so free for all to view. Take a look here

Levell 2019


Whilst thinking about publishing and sharing this, my thoughts have been with the participants. I imagine it must be odd to see your quotes used in research like this. I contacted all of the participants first to show them the article before publishing it more widely and have welcomed their comments and feedback on my analysis. In a way, this article is a good introduction to this process for both them and I, as it is a paper focused on methods rather than theorising on the deeper issues at hand. That will come later. I wonder how this tension between wanting to co-produce research with the participants in partnership settles with the conflict that ultimately I am publishing it with my name on, my thoughts on. I think this will be something to continually grapple with, in order to try and create non-exploitative research.

I also welcome your thoughts too- feel free to add a comment below.


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