Community Musicworks
Community Musicworks is a resident string quartet, music learning center, and set of associated music programs in Providence, RI. Over a two year period, Dennie Palmer Wolf and Steven Holochwost conducted an intensive, participatory evaluation designed to examine the effects of long-term participation on the young people who become involved with CMW. The evaluation was an opportunity to develop a set of innovative tools for capturing a wider-than-usual set of effects. These tools included lesson-embedded interviews between teachers and students, strategies for caregivers to map the high’s and low’s in their children’s musical learning, and maps that document how being a part of CMW has connected students to a wider world in and beyond the Providence community.

This report provides the findings and recommendations by Dennie Palmer Wolf and Steven Holochwost.