A Study on Music for Vets

If you are an OIF/OEF vet, please strongly consider taking a survey from an USC graduate student on the use of music in wartime. (Click on the bottom right button to start. And yes, I am linking to a dreaded Trojan.) Here is her request:


My name is Rebecca Johnson and I am a graduate student at The University of Southern California where, under the supervision of Professor Peter Monge of the Annenberg School of Communication, I am conducting research into the ways in which military personnel use music when on active duty. It is important that you know how much we appreciate the service and personal sacrifice that you have made. The study is to help deepen our understanding of the role music plays in the life of deployed members of the armed forces.

I am asking volunteers who were/are deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan post-9/11 to anonymously complete a 10 minute online survey consisting of questions about various situations in which you use or used music or reasons why you listened to music. You can decline to answer any questions for any reason and can withdraw from participating at any time by simply not submitting your responses. There are no known or anticipated risks from participating in this type of study.

Any and all information that you provide will be anonymous. The website is programmed to collect responses alone and will not collect any information that could potentially identify you.

If you are willing to participate please visit the survey. If you know anyone else who might be interested in participating, please forward this information.

Please contact me by email at rljohnso@usc.edushould you have any questions about the study, which is being conducted in compliance with ethical guidelines established by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) here at USC. You can learn more about IRB at their website:

Thank you for considering this study for your participation.

Rebecca Johnson