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As part of a commitment to generating new knowledge, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute commissions exploratory papers and research on its programs. These publications inform Carnegie Hall’s own programs and are also available as a resource to artists, organizations, and peers.

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Making a Joyful Noise

The Potential Role of Music Making in the Well-Being of Young Families
by WolfBrown, 2020

What role does music play in building a world in which young families thrive. This report from WolfBrown and the Bernard van Leer Foundation combines a comprehensive literature and landscape review that highlights the value, impact and scaling potential of music and sustainable music interventions/programmes throughout the world.

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NeON Arts Summer Showcase

Evaluation of the Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) Arts Program

By Westat and Metis Associates, 2018

Independent evaluators, Westat and Metis Associates, conducted an implementation and outcomes study of NeON Arts, a program of the NYC Department of Probation in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. The report assesses the implementation of NeON Arts and the effects of the initiative on young people, the communities served by the program, and the government and other agencies involved in the program.

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Lullaby Project mother and child

Lullaby: Being Together, Being Well

By WolfBrown, 2017

A new research paper by Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf, Lullaby: Being Together, Being Well, highlights the ways in which the Lullaby Project helps families come together and imagine a positive future for their children, as well as how writing lullabies can support a longer process of connecting and communicating.

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Lullaby Song Circle with Malena Dayen

Why Making Music Matters

Singing, Playing, Moving, and Sharing in the Early Years
by WolfBrown, 2016

To better understand the effect of music in early childhood development, Carnegie Hall commissioned a research paper from Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf, an expert in the field. Titled Why Making Music Matters, her research points to several key reasons why investing in children early and often is critical to healthy development and a successful future—and that music can play a role in everyday interactions that support our next generation.

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ACS Choral Project at Horizon Juvenile Center

Our Voices Count

The Potential Impact of Strength-Based Music Programs in Juvenile Justice Settings
by WolfBrown, 2014

This research paper discusses the potential effects of two choral music-making projects offered by Carnegie Hall in secure juvenile detention facilities in New York City.

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Dress Rehearsal for court-involved students from Bronx Hope alongside Brown Rice Family

May the Songs I Have Written Speak for Me

An Exploration of the Potential of Music in Juvenile Justice
by WolfBrown, 2012

This exploratory paper sets out to answer the following question: “What is the potential of music in the lives of court-involved youth?” Written by WolfBrown in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, the paper is a major investigation of the potential of music to make contributions to the lives of young people in juvenile justice settings, building on the current work of many of the institutions committed to these young people.

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Research conducted in partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute in collaboration with New York City's Administration for Children's Services.

This project was supported in part by an award from the Research: Art Works program at the National Endowment for the Arts: Grant# 13-3800-7014.

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