Pregnant women and new mothers work 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, and at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. Extending across the country, the Lullaby Project enables partner organizations to support families in their own communities.
This project is part of Musical Connections.
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.
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 ›
Lead support is provided by Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari and the Ford Foundation.Major funding for Musical Connections is provided by MetLife Foundation and United Airlines®.
Additional support has been provided by Ameriprise Financial.
Public support for Musical Connections is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York City Administration for Children's Services; the New York City Departments of Homeless Services, Probation, and Youth and Community Development; New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito; and New York City Council Members Elizabeth Crowley, Daniel Dromm, and Annabel Palma.
Each Lullaby Project is compact in order to respond to participant and partner staff needs, with three creative interactions.
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Musical Connections artists also take part in a yearlong professional development program that provides the artists with the time and resources needed to prepare them to be effective facilitators and collaborators.
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 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.
Watch and listen to more from a range of Musical Connections programs ›