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Bubbling All Inside: The Impact of Musical Connections

Leila Fripp was 70 years old when she participated in a Musical Connections songwriting workshop at Valley Lodge Transitional Housing Shelter. “I am so proud of this evening, and I’ll never forget it,” she said onstage at the final concert, where professional Carnegie Hall musicians brought her original song to life. “Things I have wanted to be, I can still be at this age, and I’m just bubbling all inside about it.”

Find more videos like this in the Musical Connections Resources video library.

“I'm going to open up my heart. I'm going to get involved.”

—Leila Fripp, Musical Connections Songwriting Workshop Participant


Musical Connections has reached hundreds of participants like Leila. We're excited to extend that reach online through our new Musical Connections Resources website, packed with videos, downloadable tools, evaluation materials, and more—providing the principles and practical guidance underpinning high quality community-based work. 

Interested in doing some work like this on your own? Download a Songwriting Workshop Handbook by Thomas Cabaniss, the teaching artist and composer who worked with Leila. It's just one of many tools and resources now available online. And if you're doing similar community-based work, we'd love to hear about it at


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