Program Evaluation Services for the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall
The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall produces an extraordinary range of music education and community programs each season that extend far outside the physical walls of the concert halls. These programs reach half a million people in New York City, across the U.S., and around the globe each season. Over a six year period, the Institute has partnered with WolfBrown consultants to perform formative and summative evaluations of many of its community-based programs, reaching people in healthcare and correctional systems, senior centers, homeless shelters, and other community settings.  In the process, WolfBrown has developed new forms of evaluation specifically targeted to these types of programs.  These include surveys to measure the impact of very short term interventions (e.g., the impact of single performances in correctional settings) to much longer term projects (year-long song writing projects in health care settings and composition projects in prisons).  An innovative methodology used computer analysis of the language to measure the impact of the “Lullaby Project,” a program through which new and expectant mothers write lullabies for their babies. This evaluation work includes extensive observation, interviewing, participant surveys, and analysis of journals, recorded songs, and conversation.  Program sites across the country as well as those in the New York City area have been incorporated into the evaluation. The work has also included WolfBrown’s authoring two papers on use of music in the juvenile justice system, available here, as well as another, a review of literature on music and healthcare, which is available here

Completed: Ongoing
Consultants: Dennis Palmer Wolf, Thomas Wolf, Lea Wolf, Jane Culbert, Steven Holochwost
Category: Arts Education Research and Program Development, Program Design and Evaluation