Originating from the¬†ENGL 690¬†seminar, the music study is an interdisciplinary investigation into the effect that introducing live musical performances into a waiting room at UNC Memorial Hospital has on people in the waiting room. Two of the co-investigators will play classical music and sing in a consenting department’s waiting room at the hospital. One co-investigator will take ethnographic observations of the individuals in the waiting room, and all investigators will participate in conversations with interested individuals about their experience. Additionally, comment cards/brief questionnaires will be used to gather information about peoples’ sensory experience while in the space. Information obtained in this study will pertain largely to the participants’ perception of the environment and their emotional experience while being in the waiting room and viewing the live performance.

The research team includes Sam Weeks, Nakisa Sadeghi, and Isabel Pinheiro.