School of Music
Doctor of Music Education (DME)
Primary Subject Area
Coronavirus Pandemic, COVID-19, Music Education, Recruitment, Retention
Education | Music
Wilkerson, John W., "The Residual Effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Student Recruitment and Retention in Upper Secondary Performing Arts Ensembles: A Case Study" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3750.
When the Coronavirus Pandemic made its way into the United States in 2020, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that all schools pivot to an online learning format as the country entered a lockdown in March 2020. The Coronavirus Pandemic made it harder for music educators to retain and recruit students into their upper secondary ensemble programs. The purpose of the proposed study is to determine that it is plausible that the residual effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic had an effect on the retention and recruitment of the band, choir, and orchestra programs of the George Bush High School Music Cohort. The study's first phase was to identify the enrollment numbers of the band, choir, and orchestra programs before the Coronavirus Pandemic during the 2019 – 2020 and 2020 – 2021 academic school years. The study's second phase was to determine the 2021 – 2022 and projected 2022 – 2023 academic school year enrollment numbers during the Coronavirus Pandemic in relation to the retention and recruiting of the band, choir, and orchestra programs. The third phase surveyed the George Bush High School Music Cohort directors with questions about why students did not return to their respective band, choir, and orchestra programs. The method in which this study will be conducted is the Qualitative Phenomenological case study. The performing arts programs of the George Bush High School Music Cohort have experienced enrollment, retention, and recruitment numbers as well as the music ensemble directors’ reported anxiety/stress resulting from the Coronavirus Pandemic.