Geishawife wrote: use of non-words like this really makes me cringe.
Irrespective/regardless. I hope that's better?
Regarding my supervisor, due to the circumstances of my university, I will not be able to be given any other supervisor but the one I currently have so will have to make do! Although, I do acknowledge that I may face potential barriers if she's not very supportive: this is already a concern of mine.
Regarding what Spatch mentioned, I definitely see the potential problem of individuals who do play music yet haven't managed to acquire any levels through exams. But surely that can be covered if a questionnaire covers A) How many years have you played? and B) What is your current/highest grade in an instrument? - Perhaps you can look at interactions between those factors and i.e. wellbeing score? I definitely agree with regards on specifying what musician includes; I have to give that some additional thought, although I do believe I will only look at people who play music as a hobby, rather than an occupation?
With regards to the existing literature, I have found contradicting literature. This includes some of the studies people on this thread have included, such as musicians ARE likely to suffer mental health issues, while research on music therapy suggests that music/engaging with music can help. To keep things short, I was hoping that my research idea would provide with some insight to what may help bolster mental wellbeing (using non-professional musicians, more amateurs who play music as a hobby). Of course, depends on what the findings would be as well...
Sarahg, I like your idea. Similar to what Maven mentioned and definitely something I will consider. As I mentioned previously on the thread, I'm just a little concerned whether it will provide me with enough data to write an entire dissertation on!