Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Music and Dance

First Advisor

Theresa Merrill, PhD, MT-BC

Second Advisor

Brandon Johnson, DMA

Third Advisor

Christopher Barrick, DMA


The purpose of this study was to examine the author's beliefs, attitudes, and emotions related to performing a recital during a pandemic. This study focuses on the phenomenon of emotion around a senior recital which is a pivotal moment in a student's experiences. Data were collected from journal entries. These data were analyzed to answer the research question, "what are my feelings about the process of planning a recital given a pandemic?" This arts-based, heuristic inquiry utilized reflective writing, dance, and collage as iterative cycles. Three key themes emerged: falling short of expectations, the inability to accept acknowledgement, and navigating spaces. Data were analyzed through a discussion of the findings.

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