APRIL 2017

Dear Friends -

As board chair of the Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation, I am very proud to share news about a multiyear evaluation of Dranoff's signature community program, Piano Slam, by the Banyan Research Institute at FIU, made possible through a grant by the Ware Foundation.
The Ware Foundation has been a longtime supporter of Piano Slam.

We are looking forward to working with Doctors Michelle Hospital, Staci Morris and Eric Wagner and with Staci Wales to quantify what we have seen happen over the past nine years in the hearts and minds of Miami Dade Public School System educators and students: discovery, delight, transformation and the knowledge that art can be a safe "place" for expression.

Article courtesy of ASPPH.ORG

Piano Slam is a popular Miami-based community program integrating sound and language. Middle and high school students are encouraged to listen to a predetermined selection of music, compose poetry based on their reactions, and then compete for a spot in a public performance. In the past eight years, Piano Slam has grown 600 percent to influence 10,500 students and 750 teachers across nearly 70 Miami-Dade County schools on an annual basis. FIU-BRIDGE is jumping in to lead the program through a pivotal point in its organizational history.

FIU-BRIDGE project investigators — Dr. Michelle Hospital (associate director for research and development), Dr. Staci Morris (clinical director), and Dr. Eric Wagner (director), with support from FIU-BRIDGE community research coordinator Ms. Eva Wales — will identify Piano Slam’s successes and challenges, review its impact, and provide guidance to improve within the grant’s three-year period. Preliminary results may emerge as soon as the end of 2018.

The Ware Foundation is a longtime supporter of FIU-BRIDGE projects including an evaluation of the impact music education and training has on youth development via the Miami Music Project (MMP). This relevant experience, combined with a number of musicians on FIU-BRIDGE staff, made the FIU-BRIDGE team of researches the top choice for a university partner and grant recipient.

FIU-BRIDGE at the University’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work is a prevention research institute comprising multidisciplinary leaders who care deeply for underserved and at-risk populations. Their expertise covers clinical and developmental psychology, social work, dietetics and nutrition, and public health.

Warm regards,

Gabriele Fiorentino
President, Dranoff Board

 
 

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