New Dimensions: Singing For Your Life

Judy Fjell feels that music should be more than a commodity left only to the professional. She is a strong advocate of musical literacy being an integral part of our education. She says, "Singing together, is one of the ways in which we build trust. It is a way in which I we feel consonance and harmony. We can feel these things with someone that we might not necessarily agree with or like. Singing together doesn't dissolve the differences, but it dissolves the importance of the differences, and changes the air." Fjell encouraged us to create and join community choruses. Beyond the benefits of singing together, she said that when we sing, the body becomes a tonal resonator, and you receive a sonic massage which is actually changing your body in good ways. Judy Fjell is a singer-songwriter and "musical activist." Since the mid-1980s she has been empowering singers in a variety of situations--choral workshops, private lessons, group lessons, schools, camps and retreats. Judy has written well over a hundred songs and recorded 15 albums on her own label, Honey Pie Music. She is the founding director of Music Empowerment Camps, Women Making Music Retreats, the Canta Bella Women's Chorus, and the Montana Women's Chorus. She is constantly on the lookout for resources to empower and educate singers. She is the founding director of Voice-Centered Education workshops and artist-in-residence programs.

Topics explored in this dialogue:
How everyone can learn to sing harmonies
What are community choruses and why they are important in our lives.
Why music is more than a commodity and should not be left solely to professionals
How Zoltan Kodály collected folksongs and helped the Hungarian people come together
Why songs that have been sung by millions of people have power
What is the difference between going to a performance and being part of the singing itself
How singing can transform your body

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