Behind the success of Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project

Posted on: May 8, 2018

“When you sing a lullaby to your baby, you convey love and language and dreams of the future,” writes pediatrician Perri Klass in Monday’s (5/8) New York Times. “Singing helps calm both the baby and the parent, experts say…. Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute created a lullaby project to help mothers bond with their babies.” Several U.S. orchestras participate in the Lullaby Project. “Tiffany Ortiz, the manager of the project, said it started in 2011 with a pilot at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, where staff members noticed that some teenage parents were having trouble attaching to their children…. Teaching artists work with parents [to create lullabies]. The lullaby is created, it is recorded for the parent to keep, to refer to, to sing again and again…. On April 20, the Carnegie Hall project released ‘Hopes and Dreams,’ a recording of 15 original lullabies written by parents in New York from 2011 to 2015, performed by a range of artists, including Joyce DiDonato, Fiona Apple, Lawrence Brownlee and Patti LuPone.… ‘Lullabies allow infants to create neural pathways for calming down, soothing, falling asleep,’ especially important in the early months of life when brain pathways are being created, Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf said.”

Posted May 8, 2018