Join Us to Write Your Own Lullaby!
Who Can Participate?
Anybody who is expecting child or has children under the age of 2 can participate! If you want to process emotions around pregnancy and childbirth, and deepen your connection to yourself and your baby, this program is for you.
Our musicians are trained in trauma-informed care and prepared to support those who have experienced birth trauma or are giving birth under challenging circumstances. Children and partners are welcome to attend the sessions as well. There is no cost to participate.
If you have questions about whether it's the right fit for you, please email Claire Gunsbury, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Does it Work?
Each Lullaby Project Cycle consists of one full day songwriting workshop and one Celebration Concert.
The Songwriting Workshop:
Songwriting sessions are a mix of group and individual work. You will meet the other parents in your group and we'll go through a variety of musical activities to warm up. We'll then breakout into one-on-one sessions, where you'll meet with your very own musician to discuss what you'd like your song to sound like. Lunch and snacks will be provided, and partners and children are welcome to join.
The Celebration Concert:
This is an informal gathering in which we all come together to share the songs we've created! You'll get to meet participants from the other workshop sessions, and invite friends and family to join as well. We will record your songs at this time as well so you have a hard copy to take home with you.
Sample Workshop Outline
*The following outline is subject to change depending on location and partner organization.We send out all information for your session a few weeks ahead of time so you know what to expect.
10:00 am - 10:45 am: Opening Group Session (Welcome and Creative Brainstorming)
10:45 am - 12:00 pm: Individual Songwriting Sessions with Musicians
12:00 pm - 12:15 pm: Group Reflection
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch Break
1:00 pm - 1:15 pm: Group Warm-Up
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm: Individual Session for Finishing Writing and Recording
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Final Group Session (Reflection and Concert Details)
Parents and caregivers will be provided with all necessary materials, and teaching artists' main priority is to create a warm and welcoming environment.
Sessions will be held fully in-person.
Please visit our FAQ page for more information.
What is the Celebration Concert?
This is the time to celebrate your lullabies with a song circle where everyone gets to share their songs, backed by their very own combo of musicians. We’ll have finger foods and lots of fun!
Check out the video below from our Fall 2022 sessions to get a taste of what the celebration concert is like.
What is the Time Committment?
Along with the Saturday workshop (10-3pm) and Celebration Concert (one hour), we simply ask that you do a little bit of reflection before the first meeting. We will send you all the information ahead of time.
You can expect there to be a little bit of communication to wrap up the song (if needed) in between the workshop and concert. We know you're busy, and our goal is to make this as easy as possible to participate in! Please reach out to email@example.com if you have any questions.
Sparing details, LJ had a unique entry into the world back in August. It's been tough to process for mom and dad. The amazing Pittsburgh medical world led me to a really cool prescription-alternative therapy with the first Lullaby Project Pittsburgh. I was part of a small group of birth trauma mammas who were each paired with some insanely talented Carnegie Mellon students to process feelings/emotions and compose a lullaby to our little ones. We learned about the healing power of music and got to experience it firsthand through this project.
Sammy, Fall '22