When we were tasked to create an orchestra, it was with the knowledge that countless studies have shown a direct correlation between music and arts education programs in schools and higher literacy and graduation rates. The impact of arts education on childhood development and learning arguably denotes a need for state-sponsored funding for arts education within schools; when state governments do not emphasize arts education programming, schools in poor socioeconomic areas see the steepest decline in arts available to their students leading to an overall drop in graduation rates. As programs such as No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top that emphasize core learning subjects are implemented, many schools cut arts programs in order to save money to focus on teaching the core, tested subjects as these are the ones that make schools eligible for funding.    This is what we have seen happen in the South Dallas community. 





Throughout the course of this project, we expect to see a steep rise in graduation rates, a decrease in conduct violations and an increase in overall test scores in mathematics and english. On a less quantifiable level, we expect to see the power of chamber music really transform this community into a more cohesive and flourishing area. The beauty of chamber music is that anyone can create it, anywhere, and with any skill level. Wherever two or more people partake in music together, we call it chamber music. The collaborative nature of this style of music is what we expect will lead to a greater coherency between South Dallas and the larger Dallas community as well as within the South Dallas community itself.