• Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf & Dr. Steven Holochwost

Making a Joyful Noise: The Potential Role of Music Making in the Well-Being of Young Families


Dennie Palmer Wolf

Lea Wolf

Carrie Tatum

Steven Holochwost

Kaamya Varagur

Kate Anderson

Sanuja Goonetilleke


Commissioned by the Bernard van Leer Foundation

Published June, 2020




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.


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. The paper also provides clear action steps for organizations and governments interested in investing in music across a range of areas (public health, early learning and education, community planning and design and arts and culture) that influence early childhood development and caregiver mental health.


Access the full report here.