Classical Music / Columbus

Survey Results: The Raw Data

Following is the raw data from the survey I conducted earlier this month: Musical Arts in Columbus.  Here are some details on the survey itself.

* Taken June 4-18, 2013

* 192 attempts at the survey: 177 complete, 15 incomplete.  111 online, 66 via paper in person at the Arts Festival.  Incomplete surveys are not included in these totals.

* 172 responses were from the U.S. 1 response each came from: Taiwan, Puerto Rico, Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom.

* 10 Multiple Choice Questions.  Number of questions determined by limits on free-survey taking sites. was used here because it is tied to WordPress which houses this blog.

* Demographic data such as gender, age and zip code were not included because of limitations of questions that could be asked.

* Survey was my own, though I did unofficially ask members of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra if they had suggestions on questions, and they did.  Question 10 was suggested by the CSO itself.  I adjusted the wording to make it less formal and converted it to multiple choice format while still allowing for open answers (Other).

* Numbers are real, percentages are guides.  Some may total 99 or 101% if you add them up, but that’s because I rounded either up or down when doing the match.  (i.e. Question 6 has this example:   38 / 177 is 21.4%, noted below as 21%, hence a total of 99% on that question.

* Some questions (Questions 2, 3, 7 and 10) allowed for multiple responses, so actually adding responses or percentages will indicate a much higher than expected total, but each number or percentage is indicative of the number of people choosing that particular option in and of itself, not the number of people choosing that option as opposed to another.

Subsequent blog posts will split these questions out and delve into the topics raised below. They will also include summaries of the  written responses allowed whenever “Other” was an option.

I would like to again thank everyone who participated in this survey. Your time and input needed to do so are greatly appreciated!

Thanks – Heather

Question 1: Which grouping of musicians best exemplifies classical music?
W. A. Mozart, J.S. Bach, Sir Neville Marriner 164 92%
Led Zeppelin, The Doors and Pink Floyd 5 3%
Any music by dead people 3 2%
Robert Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington 2 1%
The Beatles, Beach Boys, The Tokens 1 1%
Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller 1 1%
Question 2: Which of the following musical instruments have you ever played? (Check up to 2)
Piano 81 46%
Woodwind 45 25%
Brass 36 20%
Guitar 34 19%
Strings 32 18%
Percussion 16 9%
I’ve never played anything beyond spoons or a toy kazoo. 15 8%
Other Option 6 3%
Question 3: For which of the following musical ensembles in the Columbus area have you attended performances? (Check all that apply)
Columbus Symphony Orchestra 113 64%
Ballet Met 74 42%
Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra 47 27%
Opera Columbus 45 25%
Other Option 42 24%
I do not attend concerts or musical performances 32 18%
New Albany Symphony Orchestra 7 4%
Question 4: How many classical music concerts with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (i.e. not Pops) have you attended in the last year?
0 108 61%
1 26 15%
4 or more 20 11%
2 17 10%
3 6 3%
Question 5: Who is the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s current music director (conductor)?
Jean-Marie Zeitouni 87 49%
I have no earthly idea 29 16%
Jean-Paul Sartre 17 10%
Alessandro Siciliani 17 10%
Wesley Keith Schultz 12 7%
Raymond Leppard 9 5%
Sir George Solti 6 3%
Question 6: When donating to a charitable organization (e.g. Mid Ohio Food Bank, United Way, Red Cross, etc.), how do you typically make donations?
Online with a credit card 80 45%
In person using cash (donation box, etc.) 38 21%
Mailing a check 38 21%
Other Option 21 12%
Question 7: Have you ever donated to any Columbus area musical ensembles? If so, which ones? (Check all that apply)
I have not donated to any Columbus-area musical ensembles 121 68%
Columbus Symphony Orchestra 36 20%
Other Option 17 10%
Ballet Met 11 6%
ProMusica Chamber Orchestra 8 5%
Opera Columbus 6 3%
New Albany Symphony Orchestra 2 1%
Question 8: How much did you spend on tickets the last time you attended a musical or concert? (Any kind of music – rock, classical, jazz, country, etc.)
$0 – $50 95 54%
$51-$75 49 28%
$76-$100 19 11%
More than $100 14 8%
Question 9: How much do you think it costs to attend a classical music concert with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra?
$26-$50 102 58%
$51-$75 36 20%
$0 – $25 30 17%
$76-$100 7 4%
More than $100 2 1%
Question 10: Traditionally, symphony orchestras connect with a specialized segment of residents. In what ways do you think the Columbus Symphony Orchestra can better connect to the central Ohio community-at-large? (Check up to 3)
Musicians / staff at festivals and other public events 96 54%
More K-12 Educational programs 64 36%
Radio / TV Interviews with the Music Director / Conductor / Musicians 59 33%
Classical Music for kids (interactive website) 46 26%
Adult educational programs 42 24%
Q&A after concerts – Musicians 31 17%
Other Option 26 15%
Q&A after concerts – Music Director / Conductor 26 15%
Play the national anthem at local sporting events 24 14%

3 thoughts on “Survey Results: The Raw Data

  1. Pingback: Survey Results: Musically in Tune | Giocosity

  2. This is interesting. WordPress’ Site Stats are turning into a kind of survey for me to see what are the most popular pieces of classical music. My blog’s been up for a couple of years now and here are the top 10 viewed pieces I’ve written about.

    Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (1,075 views)
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony Number 40 in G-Minor (214)
    Johann Sebastian Bach: Minuet in G major (211)
    Gioacchino Rossini: Mi par d’esser con la testa from The Barber of Seville (198)
    Gustav Holst: “Jupiter” from The Planets (190)
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture (174)
    Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A Minor (163)
    Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave (or the Hebrides Overture) (142)
    Henry Purcell: Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary (140)
    Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (127)

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