Hear Your Song is an undergraduate organization founded at Yale University in January 2014 to give hospitalized children in long-term care the chance to become songwriters and hear their songs recorded. Yale student composers and musicians help patients to write their own lyrics, which the composers then set to music, using the children’s requests for musical genre, instrumentation, and tempo. Undergraduate instrumentalists and singers then record the song for their young collaborators. Now in its fifth semester, Hear Your Song has maintained partnerships with the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in Yonkers, NY and with Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, collaborating with over 40 patients, ages 5-18, on-site. Each week, pairs of undergraduate volunteers work with pediatric patients at Yale-New Haven, guiding their lyric-writing process and improvising music to receive patient feedback.
We will have on-site volunteering at Yale-New Haven, recording sessions, visits to Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, and performances and events to raise awareness and share our music.