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Singing together heals ourselves, our communities & our world.
The Joy Crew co-owners Amy Elizah and Angela Gabriel have a combined 60+ years of experience in music performance and creative arts education. Using song and improvisational vocal play, we guide groups to sink deeply in a short amount of time, encouraging individuals to build relationships with each other and especially with our own voices, and to gain the tools to express authentically and listen deeply.
We SING for the LOVE of it.
We sing our BEST when we are
RELAXED and having FUN.
We strive to create a POSITIVE, SUPPORTIVE environment
where EVERYONE feels welcome & SAFE.
We are dedicated to creating satisfying music together,
in the moment, where everyone leaves with a sense of
accomplishment & enjoyment.
We encourage what we call
THE DOLPHIN THEORY.
When a young dolphin is learning to swim,
it stays close to an adult and learns through the act of
swimming with a more experienced dolphin.
You never see a big dolphin explaining to the small one,
"now, see how I'm using my tail fin and my fluke?"
The big dolphin simply swims.
The small one copies.
And before you know it, they're all successful.
We do the same in our sessions.
The singers who already know a song are the big dolphins
and singers who are new sing next to them.
Using call & response and a lot of repetition,
the group learns one phrase at a time,
and the singers absorb the music in the moment,
supported by the sound of the big dolphins.
In this way, no one is expected to
"carry the tune."
We all carry it together.
Another guiding principal is that we will never use sheet music.
Everything is learned by rote, also known as oral tradition singing.
We give plenty of time to deeply absorb the words and music, allowing the songs to become a part of us,
residing not in our heads,
but in our our hearts & bodies.
We encourage curiosity about our sensations,
we feel the vibrations,
and we listen louder than we sing.
EVERYONE is welcome to drop in ANYTIME
for a joy-filled singing experience.
IN THIS MOMENT
I AM LIVING.
IN THIS MOMENT