I am a returning student and will receive a B.A. in American Studies this upcoming May. Currently I am working on a senior thesis project which is focused on the effects of music in the workplace, more specifically the kitchen. While it is a very interesting topic, the scholarly resource material needed is difficult to find. That being said, the topic needs to be focused on the kitchen atmosphere. Therefore, it is essential that I locate some primary sources: the chefs, the cooks, the dishwashers, etc.
While working in multiple restaurants over the past decade, I have developed personal memories concerning music in every aspect of the kitchen. For instance:
· How it affects the mood, the pace, the pressure and the deadlines
· How it is utilized in the opening, the closing, the prep and even the cleaning
· Does it help to build a sense of camaraderie or familiarity?
· When is it just too loud or too silent?
· When is it someone else’s turn to choose what’s playing?
For me, whether it be positive or negative (sometimes both), the background music in the kitchen is simply a part of the environment. But I’d like to access other opinions. That’s you!
If you have any time to spare, please give any information, personal opinions and/or anecdotes (which I would love) regarding my research project. For example, I remember once playing Blue Trane by John Coltrane at full blast when I had only one hour left to prepare for a yacht club banquet. It was 4th of July and the pressure was immense! Music helped that day to somewhat relieve the intensity.
Maybe you could answer some of these questions. Maybe you could post other thoughts that I’m lacking. I’m sure there are many. Regardless, I would be honored to use any information available. Thanks for your time.