Melodic Connections Launches Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project in Cincinnati
Program Supports Resilience by Using Music to Strengthen the Bond between Parent and Child
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6940 Plainfield Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236
Lynn Migliara, Development Director
[Cincinnati OH March 11, 2020] Melodic Connections, a local music-therapy based nonprofit organization, announces its national partnership with the Lullaby Project, a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. The Lullaby Project supports maternal health in Cincinnati. It pairs pregnant women and parents with professional musicians to write personal lullabies for their babies and children. Through song, they communicate feelings, hopes and dreams as they look to the future with their child. The Lullaby Project supports parental health, aids child development, and strengthens the bond between parent and child.
The first original songs will be created in 2020 in partnership with fathers in Talbert House Fatherhood Project and with mothers from two programs of YWCA Greater Cincinnati, through their partnerships with Every Child Succeeds and Hamilton County Job and Family Services.
“Parents who are experiencing a lack of resources are overwhelmed with the daily stressors of caring for a child, such as making sure their child has a safe place to sleep and has food. Those stressors get in the way of what is just as important – connecting with your child or singing a lullaby and making eye contact with your baby. It’s a critical part of building a foundation for a child who grows up feeling hopeful, that they belong and they’re safe. That’s the very essence of building resilience,” said Melodic Connections Executive Director Betsey Zenk-Nuseibeh.
Melodic Connections is one of more than 40 partners internationally, creating and performing original songs that strengthen connections and attachment bonds between parents and children. Plans are underway to recruit local musicians for concert performances of the songs.
To kick-off the project in Cincinnati, Melodic Connections paired three moms from their community with staff member and musician, James Stephenson. Together, they wrote beautiful and heartfelt songs for their children which were performed at the organization’s annual celebration in October 2019. More information including interviews with the participants can be found at www.melodicconnections.org/programs/lullaby.
The first Lullaby Project took place at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, NY in December 2011, and since then more than 2,000 parents have written original songs for their children, many of which are available for listening and sharing at www.carnegiehall.org/lullabies.
Utilizing materials from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, Melodic Connections songwriters, who are certified in trauma responsive care, will lead parents through the process of creating, recording and sharing personal songs for their children. At the end of the songwriting process, each participant will receive a recording of the final lullaby to listen to and sing with their child.
Through the Lullaby Project, Melodic Connections combines principles of music therapy and trauma responsive care to address pressing needs in Cincinnati to build resilience among our most vulnerable populations, so the entire community can thrive.
About Melodic Connections
Melodic Connections uses music as a tool for change in the lives of people and the communities they are a part of. Through trauma-informed music therapy and active music making, they help people see the humanity in each other, moving toward more inclusive, resilient communities in which everyone thrives. In 2019, they reached more than 40,000 people through performances and community events.
Melodic Connections partners with organizations such as St. Aloysius, The Children’s Home, The Down Syndrome Association of Cincinnati, the Greater Cincinnati Alzheimer’s Association and Cincinnati Public Schools. They are an ArtsWave impact grantee, and a trusted arts partner for organizations such as The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, The Cincinnati Ballet and Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati.
About Talbert House
Talbert House is empowering children, adults and families to live healthy, safe and productive lives. Operating within five service lines: Addictions, Community Care, Community Corrections, Housing and Mental Health, Talbert House serves over 24,200 clients face to face and an additional 80,200 through prevention services throughout Southwest Ohio.
About YWCA Greater Cincinnati
YWCA Greater Cincinnati is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all through 3 key pillars: Empowerment & Economic Advancement, Safety, and Racial Justice & Inclusion. Last year the YWCA served over 8,500 women, men, and children through direct services, and an additional 1,000 through community trainings and 2,700 through the domestic violence hotline.
About Lullaby Project from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute
The Lullaby Project is part of Carnegie Hall’s Social Impact Programs, a set of community-based projects that link thousands of people each year to a variety of musical experiences, ranging from stand-alone concerts to intensive yearlong creative workshops designed to have a powerful impact on people’s daily lives. Collaborating with professional artists to create, perform, and produce original music, participants express their voices and have new opportunities to share their stories, connecting people to each other, creating empathy, informing policy, and strengthening communities.