We work on building trust and self-confidence at ComMUSICation. One youth would come to class nervous and would even hide from the class to avoid singing and participating. He had no confidence in himself or his abilities and intelligence and did not trust me or the other youth to support him in class. Through the continuous verbal support of his peers and me, he began to participate more and more. He took almost immediately to a new song that talked about issues we face in our community and world and was eager to add his voice when we rewrote lyrics. His confidence grew as he took lead on reworking the song to be about the youth’s perspective. He would hardly sing and was not even present in our class in the beginning of the quarter and at the end he got up on stage and performed this song and others in front of peers from other classes.