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News, Announcements, and Current Projects

A National Collaborative Evaluation of El Sistema-inspired Music Education

The Longy School of Music of Bard College and WolfBrown have formed a strategic partnership to carry out a two-year study of the benefits of El Sistema-inspired programs for children in grades K-8. more>>

Announcing a new Research Fellow at WolfBrown/Opportunity Lab

Dennie Wolf and Steven Holochwost welcome Kerry O'Grady, a visual artist, museum specialist, teacher, and researcher, as a 2017 Research Fellow. more>>

Building Capacity for Audience Research

Alan Brown offers his reflections on the Audience Research Collaborative, an initiative of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Performing Arts Program. more>>

Sign up for Tom Wolf's Free Online Fundraising Course for Philanthropy University

Tom Wolf will continue to serve as part of the inaugural group of instructors for Philanthropy University this year. Additional sessions of his fundraising course are scheduled throughout 2016. Enroll now to participate. more>>

Evaluating the Detroit Symphony's webcasts into classrooms

An intensive focus on evaluation will surround the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s “DSO’s Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition" webcast program on April 28. Sean Fenton, Alan Brown and affiliated researcher Brian Kisida will be on-site in Detroit leading a series of focus groups, classroom observations, and an expert panel. more>>

Chorus America to Release Major Study of Audiences for Choral Concerts

On June 17, 2016, Alan Brown will present results of a new study of audiences for choral music concerts at the annual conference of Chorus America in Cincinnati, Ohio. Twenty-three choirs from across North America participated in the project to systematically collect audience feedback and Intrinsic Impact survey data from their audiences over two years. more>>

Now Available: A Collaboration Workbook, Commissioned by Heart of Brooklyn - A Cultural Partnership

Over a two-year period, six Heart of Brooklyn cultural institutions designed, pilot tested, and evaluated a process for conceiving and implementing collaborative programs that address community needs. A Collaboration Workbook distills what was learned. more>>
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Building Strengths, Buffering Risk: Evaluating the Effects of El Sistema-Inspired Music Programs in the United States
This report on the musical and socioemotional impact of becoming a young musician in an El Sistema-inspired ensemble is the result of a two-year study by the Longy School of Music of Bard College and WolfBrown.
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In Order to Flourish: Musical Pathways, Opportunities to Build and Questions to Ask
This document sketches out the processes that support -- and challenge -- young musicians seeking to enter the field of classical music, from early childhood through young adult professional lives.
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Lullaby: Being Together, Being Well
Since 2011, Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute has pioneered a lullaby program that pairs skilled musicians with expectant or recent mothers, many of whom are raising young families under stressful conditions: single parenthood, temporary housing, or incarceration. This report by Dennie Palmer Wolf shares early, qualitative findings from 10 lullaby projects in the New York City region. more >>
The Socioemotional Benefits of the Arts: A New Mandate for Arts Education
New research, commissioned by the William Penn Foundation and conducted by WolfBrown and Johns Hopkins University, examines the impact and potential benefits of the arts on students and suggests that participation in the arts supports the development of specific traits that can help students achieve future success. The study also explores students' engagement in school in relation to their access to arts education. more >>
Community MusicWorks: Community-Centric Concert Series Evaluation
Can classical music concerts strengthen neighborhoods? In this report, made possible by funding from ArtPlace America, Chloë Kline and Dennie Wolf examine the power of music to create and support more cohesive urban communities -- a vital role in cities that host widening gaps in wealth and opportunity. The full report is available for download here. more >>

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Of questions and canyons
Dennie Palmer Wolf's essay is one of 15 essays published in The Teacher You Want to Be: Essays about Children, Learning, and Teaching. This collection of essays explores questions about education stimulated by the remarkable pre-schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. more >>
Four Keys to Cultivating a Donor
Featured in Guidestar's October 2015 newsletter, this article by Dr. Thomas Wolf discusses four key concepts for successful donor cultivation. more >>

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No. 32 | published 2017
Deserving of Trust: Helping A Nonprofit Board Toward Good Governance
Good governance starts with accurate self-diagnosis. How is this done? Who does it? Who has the credibility to convince the majority of board members that such actions are necessary? These questions and more are explored in the latest volume of Sounding Board.  more >>
 
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