The Lullaby Project: Areas of Change and Mechanisms of Impact


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Acenso S

Year of Publication:
2017

Publisher(s):
The Irene Taylor Trust

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

This report focuses on two pilot experiences of the Lullaby Project which pairs expectant and new parents with professional musicians to create a lullaby for their children – specifically refugee and migrant mothers at Praxis Community Projects (an East London charity) and fathers at Wandsworth prison in London.

The Lullaby Project is a highly innovative project developed by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, recently spreading across the United States. It pairs expectant and new mothers with professional musicians, to create a lullaby for their children. This project has now been implemented in the UK for the first time, through two pilot experiences that are the focus of this document.

The Irene Taylor Trust led the initiative, bringing together musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and two groups of participants: refugee and migrant mothers at Praxis Community Projects (an East London charity) and fathers at Wandsworth prison. The research aimed to understand how the Lullaby Project was experienced by all involved. Two sub-questions were of interest: what were the areas of change experienced through the project and which mechanisms were responsible for that change. Both the participants and the musicians provided research data (N=21). Staff from the partner institutions also took part in the assessment. The project adopted a qualitative methodology, aimed at an in-depth, comprehensive phenomenological understanding. Data were analysed through Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). The results indicate that the Lullaby Project model stands as a highly relevant initiative towards meeting the needs of both participant groups and the musicians, and the results make a strong case for its implementation in the UK.

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Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Community

Participant Group: Adults

Art Forms: Music

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Acenso, S. (2017). The Lullaby Project: Areas of Change and Mechanisms of Impact. London:The Irene Taylor Trust.