New Report on the Potential Role of Music Making in the Well-Being of Young Families

Published June 9, 2020

Music holds incredible potential for family well-being especially when made or enjoyed together. It works across people, activities, and settings, offering a promising, and too often underused, resource for mutual ties and human development.

This research report from WolfBrown and the Bernard van Leer Foundation combines a comprehensive literature and landscape review that highlights the value, impact and scaling potential of music and sustainable music interventions/programs throughout the world.

Read or download the full report.

Understanding and harnessing the value of music provides a multitude of opportunities for supporting child development, child-caregiver bonds and overall family well-being in an inclusive and human way. In addition, music can be a tool to strengthen engagement in different areas (public health, early learning and education, community planning and design and arts and culture) that are essential for early childhood development.

“The report is a call to action, urging organizations and governments to invest in the well-being of young families using what we know about the joyous, affiliative, and communicative powers of music. We hope it sparks a global conversation about how the human capacities for song, dance, and performance can power effective, culturally-responsive, and sustainable interventions in health care, learning, as well as more inclusive cultures and public spaces that welcome all.” Dennie Palmer Wolf, Principal Researcher, WolfBrown.

Additionally, the report also demonstrates how music initiatives can be designed as affordable interventions/innovations that provide a low-cost, sustainable and culturally responsive model that can be scaled to ensure all babies, toddlers and caregivers can enjoy music and the joy it brings to family life.

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