PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

Carnegie Hall: Impact Evaluation of Multiple Programs

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NYO2: Analyzing the Youth Instrumentalists of NYO2 Ensemble

Team: Dennie Palmer Wolf, Steven Holochwost, Henry Clapp, Haeun Moon, and Matthew Garcia

NYO2 (National Youth Orchestra 2) is comprised of outstanding young instrumentalists between the ages of 14-17 from across the United States. Participating musicians attend an intensive summer training and performance program that provides opportunities to work closely with top players from American orchestras and conservatories during a residency at Purchase College, State University of New York. To ensure the continued growth and diversification of the field, NYO2 has a particular focus on recruiting musicians from communities underrepresented in classical music.

Carnegie Hall and WolfBrown received a research grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to work with the staff, applicants, and participants in NYO2 to examine the program, its outcomes, and the implications for designing pathways to excellence for diverse young musicians. More specifically, WolfBrown team members have endeavored to collect and interpret application, acceptance, persistence, and promotion data from NYO2’s past participants and applicants. This includes analysis of application data and survey data as well as conducting onsite observations with students and teachers. In speaking with students and capturing data related to their musical persistence, the study aspires to understand what incubates or stimies a career in the arts.

To learn more about NYO2, visit their website.


Lullaby Project: Assessing the Impact of Lullaby Music Making in the Lives of Young Children and their Families

Team: Dennie Palmer Wolf, Emma Terrell, Kate Anderson and Todd Henkin with graduate students at West Chester University of Pennsylvania (Molly Murphy, Estefania Ortiz Ortiz, Edith Teffey)

The Lullaby Project pairs pregnant caregivers, as well as young families, with professional artists to write and sing personal lullabies for their babies, supporting maternal health, aiding childhood development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child. In New York City, the project reaches parents in healthcare settings, homeless shelters, high schools, foster care, and correctional facilities. In Philadelphia, throughout the pandemic, the Project has experimented with the design and implementation of intimate and caring spaces for caregivers and children. WolfBrown has partnered with the project since its inception a decade ago to document the artistic and social-emotional impacts of the experience. Our work is a part of an international network of participatory research and evaluation projects in which musicians, families, young children, family support organizations, and researchers are investigating the effects of music on family well-being and the growth of artists as partners in promoting families’ well-being.

The Lullaby Project offers free resources for families with babies and toddlers. Explore its collection of activities, videos, playlists, and more.

To learn more about the findings read “Making Joyful Noise” and “Being Together, Being Well.”