04/03/2023 09:33 PM | Click to read full article
The thrill of discovering new songs and new sounds can enrich people of all ages. Academics use the term "open-earedness" to describe our willingness to explore new music. Until around the age of 11, children are generally happy to engage with unfamiliar music. Early adolescence sees a reduction in open-earedness, but is accompanied by an intense increase in interest in music more generally. A major 2013 study involving more than 250,000 participants confirmed these changing behaviours.