The Short Test of Musical Preferences


The STOMP is a 14-item scale assessing preferences in music genres. The STOMPR (below) is a revised version of the scale assessing musical preferences for 23 genres.  In the original version, there were four broad music-preference dimensions.  Subsequent analyses suggest that five factors provide a better fit for the data. This assessment was composed by:


 Rentfrow, P. J., Goldberg, L. R., Stillwell, D. J., Kosinski, M., Gosling, S. D., and Levitin, D. L. (2012). The song remains the same: A replication and extension of the MUSIC model. Music Perception, 30, 161-185.



If you want to hear musical clips used in the study of the various genres, go to the link and use music examples from Sound Files for Study 1.




Note: The soundtrack and oldies genres don’t load on a single factor. So you can remove 

those two genres from the STOMPR or simply not score them

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Compute the average score for each dimension using the items listed next to each label.

For Instance, add the numbers you put down for #6, 11, and 13, then divide by 3.

That is your score for Mellow.

Divide your total score for Unpretentious by 3

Divide your total score for Sophisticated by 7

Divide your total score for Intense by 4

Divide your total score for Contemporary by 4


Mellow: 6, 11, 13

Unpretentious: 5, 16, 20

Sophisticated:      2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 12, 15

Intense: 1, 10, 17, 21

Contemporary: 8, 18, 19, 22




Record your Scores:








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By Kendra Cherry

Updated August 27, 2018