Science Has Discovered Why Your Parents Hate Your Music

10th April 2015

Two neuroscientists named Oliver Bones and Christopher Plack, of Manchester University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong released a study that might explain why your parents don't like your music.

You might have guessed…

…the answer is in their age.

The research paper, titled Losing the Music: Aging Affects the Perception and Subcortical Neural Representation of Musical Harmony, explores the effect that aging has on hearing. It finds that the brain's ability to distinguish between certain sounds decreases as people get older, which may explain why the elderly tend to engage less with music.

"The study hinged on the difference between consonant and dissonant chords. These terms describe two opposites. When a chord is consonant, it includes two or more tones that are matched. The sound is sweet and comfortable. But when a chord is dissonant it sounds grating and messy. This is why consonance literally means sounding togetherwhereas dissonance means sounding apart. It's a generalization, of course, but a lot of experimental music will tend to use dissonant chords, whereas more traditional pop relies more on consonance. Compare Aphex Twin to Mumford & Sons, for example."

For more, head to:


Music and the brain, modern music, music and age, parents, students,

Back to all blog posts


Keeping you posted

Keep up-to-date with the latest news, products and events from LearnThruMusic.

Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for more content.

See all blog posts

Recent Posts


Responsive, lightweight, fast, synchronized with CSS animations, fully customizable modal window plugin with declarative configuration and hash tracking.