Answered by Pam Blevins Hinkle
What if I can’t sing … OR … someone told me I can’t sing?
l truly believe the Zimbabwe saying: “If you can walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can sing.” Furthermore, you are already a spectacular instrument, and the only one of its kind on the planet. Isn’t that amazing? And singing is one of the most satisfying ways that we combine our gifts to make beauty and harmony in the world. SongSquad is a judgement-free environment … so give it a try. Many people have found it empowering to sing with SongSquad and have increased both their confidence and capacity.
What if I can’t read music?
No problem! Our motto is “paperless singing in a perfection-free zone.” All songs are taught by ear, no musical terms are used, and audio files are available for weekly session singers to enhance learning. And the bonus is that if you learn it by heart, you learn it for life.
What kind of music do you sing?
All kinds, from jazzy and bouncy to quiet and reverent. We sing old and new songs from around the world, from simple chants and two-part rounds to three- and four-part harmony songs from a variety of cultures and traditions. Check out the Learn Songs page.
Can I bring my baby, children, grandkids, nieces, nephews, god-children, etc.?
Yes! We welcome ALL ages.
Is it ok for a woman to sing bass or a man to sing soprano?
Yes! Instead of soprano, alto, tenor, and bass, we have gender-neutral sections called nightingales (sopranos), otters (altos), starfish (tenors), and rhinos (bass). (These names were chosen by the singers and are subject to spontaneous renewal or revision.) Singers choose what section to sing in … and you can change your mind at any time, even in the middle of the song!
Does SongSquad perform?
Um, kind of. We don’t have a concert series (yet). We DO get invited to appear at various events and happenings around town including Earth Day Festival, Indy Festival of Faiths, Women’s March, March for Our Lives, and more. Our vibe is always about participation, not performance, so our goal is to get EVERYONE singing with us. That’s why we often call them “SongSquad Show-Ups” … we sing with whoever shows up!
What does it cost?
Thanks to support from the Indy Parks Foundation, Social Song Sketch and Singing Hikes are currently free. All are also welcome to join us for free at public appearances (unless fee is required by host).
The 6-week sessions (which meet at International Marketplace on Sundays, 3-5pm) are $60 per adult (accompanying children under age 18 are free), which includes a free t-shirt for first-timers, plus online access to paper music and audio files to support learning.
What if I can’t afford the 6-week session?
Payment arrangements are available. Partial and full scholarships are available, no one will be turned away!
What’s the benefit of the weekly sessions?
Um, you mean besides weekly joy, hot ginger tea, and the best shortbread cookies ever? Seriously, the biggest benefit is you get to sing more and soak up all the musical fabulousness, not to mention the added benefit of de-stressing your life and making new friends. It’s the cheapest therapy ever.
Other benefits include access to online audio files and lyric sheets, the opportunity to connect more deeply with other human beings who believe in the power of singing, not just for ourselves, but also for the whole world. You’ll also learn to “carry” these songs … a kind of bone-knowing you can draw upon throughout your life.