• Lullaby Project

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    The Lullaby Project, a program of Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections, pairs pregnant women and new mothers with professional artists to write personal lullabies for their babies, supporting maternal health, aiding child development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child. In New York City, the project reaches mothers in hospitals, homeless shelters, schools, and at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. Extending across the country, the Lullaby Project enables partner organizations to support families in their own communities.

  • Lead support is provided by Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari and the Ford Foundation.

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    United Airlines (as of 3-24-2017)

    Major funding for Musical Connections is provided by MetLife Foundation and United Airlines®.

    Additional support has been provided by Ameriprise Financial and JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation.

    Public support for Musical Connections is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of New York through the Department of Cultural Affairs; the Administration for Children's Services; the Departments of Homeless Services, Probation, and Youth and Community Development; City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito; and City Council Members Elizabeth Crowley, Annabel Palma, and Ydanis Rodriguez.

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  • Lullaby - Project Design

    Project Design

    Each Lullaby Project is designed in response to participant and partner staff needs, with opportunities to write, record, perform, and sing. In New York City, the Lullaby Project consists of yearlong artist residencies in which artists visit a community site weekly, biweekly, or monthly to write personal lullabies with parents. Artists record each lullaby and share it with families at the end of each writing session.

    Select lullabies are professionally recorded at Carnegie Hall and are performed in concert in the Resnick Education Wing. Singing with young infants is important for parent-child bonding and for a baby’s brain development, so in addition to writing lullabies, Carnegie Hall artists encourage parents to sing lullabies with their children through Lullaby Song Circles at community partner sites and NYC libraries. Project design varies across national sites.
  • Lullaby - Artist Skills

    Artist Skills

    As part of Musical Connections, Carnegie Hall artists take part in a yearlong professional development program that provides them with the time, resources, and training needed to be effective facilitators and collaborators.

  • Lullaby - Evaluation


    Evaluation plans are formed in parallel with project design. It’s imperative to be able to demonstrate the larger impact of this work and discuss its specific successes and challenges. The evaluation of the Lullaby Project is developed with the WolfBrown consulting firm and centers on intensive reflection by roster artists, partner staff, and the Weill Music Institute.

  • Resources

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    Lullaby: Being Together, Being Well

    A new research paper by Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf, Lullaby: Being Together, Being Well takes a closer look at how and why lullabies make a difference. The research 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, resonating with parents, grandparents, musicians, staff, and community members. Download ›


    “How to Write a Lullaby”

    Learn how to create a lullaby from singer-songwriter and mother Emily Eagen through this video we made with Too Small to Fail’s Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing program developed by the Clinton Foundation and The Opportunity Institute.


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    Why Making Music Matters

    To better understand the effect of music in early childhood development, Carnegie Hall commissioned a new 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. Download ›

  • Audio

    The musical form of a lullaby is a perfect medium to express the hopes, fears, and dreams of a parent for a child. Enjoy these lullabies from the Musical Connections Lullaby Project. For more audio recordings, please visit Carnegie Hall's Lullaby Project SoundCloud.

  • Videos

    My Heart with No Regrets

    You’re Mine

    LYFE Lullaby

    Watch and listen to more from a range of Musical Connections programs ›

  • Lullaby Project Partners

    Lullaby happens across the country through national partnerships and work with organizations in 17 cities.

    National Partnerships

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    Lullaby Projects take place in the following cities:

    Austin Classical Guitar (TX)
    Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (MD)
    Bay Chamber Concerts (ME)
    Central Ohio Symphony (OH)
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra (IL)
    Curtis Institute of Music (PA)
    El Buen Pastor (NC)
    Flint School of Performing Arts (MI)
    Hiland Mountain Correctional Center (AK)
    Leeward Community College (HI)
    The Music Settlement (OH)
    Old Town School of Folk Music (IL)
    Palaver Strings (MA)
    Seattle Symphony Orchestra (WA)
    Vero Beach Museum of Art (FL)
    Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)
    VocalEssence (MN)