Why Making Music Matters

Carnegie Hall

In 2016, Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf, working with musicians and staff at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, published a booklet for families, “Why Making Music Matters.” The publication outlines what research tells us about how live music enriches the lives of families and young children. 

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Her research shows that investing in children early is critical to healthy development and a successful future, and how music can play a role in everyday interactions that support growth. It is richly illustrated and comes with informal recordings of children inventing games, rhymes, and music. The booklet also features exemplary programs that bring live music to young children — in places as varied as pre-schools, family support programs, and refugee camps. 

The full report is available here. Include the link in your next concert program!


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