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Building Strengths, Buffering Risk:
Evaluating the Effects of El Sistema-Inspired Music Programs in the United States

Dr. Steven Holochwost, WolfBrown
Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf, WolfBrown
Dr. Judith Hill Bose, Longy School of Music of Bard College

Published October, 2017



Longy School of Music of Bard College and WolfBrown formed a strategic partnership to carry out a pilot exploration followed by a two-year study of the impact of El Sistema-inspired programs for the children they serve. The research team invited proposals from programs across the country and formed a consortium of sites that represent a range of geographical and program diversity. In the planning year (2014-15), a core set of common measures was collaboratively designed and piloted. In 2015-16, researchers gathered the first set of year-long data using these measures. In 2016-17, the team collected a second year of data using the common measures and analyzed the full two-year set. This report focuses in on the musical and socioemotional impact of becoming a young musician in an El Sistema-inspired ensemble.

This research was made possible by funding from The Buck Family Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Click here to download the report.