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Season Two

Above the Clouds

That Sounds Terrific Podcast

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Ep. 58 - Hear Your Song

Hear Your Song empowers children and teens with serious illnesses to have their voices heard. And expressed through the power of music. Dan Rubins and his ever-growing team of terrific musicians collaborate with these young students to write the lyrics and put them to music. These compositions allow them to heard, celebrated and shared. Join us to learn more about this amazing organization and how you can be a part of this inspiring musical cause. 

More About Dan Rubins, CEO/Co-Founder

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Dan Rubins is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Hear Your Song, a 501(c)(3) organization that empowers children and teens with serious illnesses and complex health needs to make their voices heard through collaborative songwriting. After launching Hear Your Song as an undergraduate organization while a sophomore at Yale University, Dan led the organization's national and virtual expansion in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, Hear Your Song has helped over 300 kids ages 6-18 in 27 states write their own songs with the support of hundreds of volunteer musicians around the world. A musical theater and opera composer himself, Dan also holds an MA in Elementary Inclusive Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and an MA in Shakespeare Studies from King's College London/Shakespeare's Globe. Dan lives in New York City, where he was formerly a 4th and 5th grade teacher.

More about Jack Softcheck, Programs Fellow


Jack graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (’22), receiving the Yale Glee Club Service Through Music Fellowship to fund his work with Hear Your Song. Jack has been volunteering with Hear Your Song since Fall of 2020, and served as the Co-President of the Yale Hear Your Song chapter in the 2021 - 2022 academic year. Jack is passionate about music, film, art, nature, cooking, and he feels lucky to be able to work with so many incredible kid & teen songwriters to help bring their ideas to life!

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Hear Your Song, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that empowers children and teens with serious illnesses and complex health needs to make their voices heard through collaborative songwriting. Kids living with significant health challenges need the chance to show the world — and sometimes to hear for themselves, too — that they are more than their diagnoses.


In live, collaborative songwriting sessions, Hear Your Song volunteers work with children and teens to guide them through the process of writing their own song lyrics. Using the kid songwriter’s ideas for musical style, melody, instrumentation, and tempo, volunteer composers and musicians then set those words to music and record the song to be heard, celebrated, and shared.


Hear Your Song partners with pediatric hospitals, camps, schools, and other nonprofit programs that serve kids experiencing serious illnesses and complex health needs. Hear Your Song’s volunteers collaborate with kids through campus-based chapters and at the organization’s national level. All of our programs are available to our families and partner organizations free of charge.

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