Taren Ackermann

Research Focus

  • Music and Identity
  • Music Therapy
  • Aesthetics in Music Therapy
  • Perception of Music
  • Musical likes and dislikes




Academic Education

Since 10/2014Doctoral candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Music Department, Frankfurt/M.
11/2014M.A., Clinical Music Therapy, University of Münster, with a thesis about music listening and identity formation in adolescence
2012-2014Masterstudium Klinische Musiktherapie an der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität
2008-2012B.A., Musicology and Education, University of Kiel

Professional Experience

Since 2016Research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Music Department, Frankfurt/M.
2011-2012Project collaborator at the Department for Culture and Qualification, City of Kiel, Germany
2009-2012Tutor for music theory at the Institute of Musicology, University of Kiel


Conference Proceedings

Ackermann, T. (2016). Disliked Music: The other side of musical taste. 14th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, San Francisco.

Ackermann, T. (2016). "I don't like that!" - Why and what for we dislike music. International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology SysMus16, Jyväskylä.

Ackermann, T. (2016). Musikgeschmack und Identität in der Adoleszenz. Ich - Du - Wir. Regionaltreffen der Deutschen Musiktherapeutischen Gesellschaft, Köln.

Ackermann, T. (2015). Disliked music and self-concept: a revealing connection?. International Workshop on Quantitative and Qualitative Music Therapy Research, Barcelona.

Ackermann, T. (2014). Die Bedeutung abgelehnter Musik im Jugendalter. Klang und Identität. Interdisziplinäre Stipendiatentagung der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Naumburg a. d. Saale.

Awards & Grants


2010-2014Scholar of the German National Academic Foundation


  • Disliked Music

    In Western cultures, musical taste, understood as a particular attitude towards music, is an important aspect of one’s self-concept and self-perception. As an affective and expressive medium, music not only  serves to satisfy emotional and ...

  • The Heterogeneity of Musical Taste

    Empirical research on musical taste has a tradition behind it that is over a century old. With the radio’s invention, there was a great deal of interest in learning which music listeners especially liked and whether this changed over the course of ...