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Building Strengths, Buffering Risk

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

October 2017

Evaluating the Effects of El Sistema-Inspired Music Programs in the United States

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 representing a diverse geographical and program range. In the planning year (2014-15), researchers collaboratively designed and piloted a core set of common measures. In 2015-16, they 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 on the musical and socioemotional impact of being 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.

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