Joanie Calem

Hello! I am a musician, singer/song-writer, and teacher.  I have been creating music and teaching people of all ages since 1983. My goal in both my performances and teaching is to invite my audiences and students to share a sense of creating community through singing and playing together.

I grew up in a family that traveled a lot, and sang a lot!  We sang old folk songs, jazz standards, and whatever else we could think of as we drove along. 

When I was 15, I moved to Israel, and completed my high school degree at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. I then continued my musical training in piano pedagogy, both in the conventional and the Suzuki systems, and early-childhood music and movement.  I studied for many years with Anne Barlin, who is considered one of the “mothers” of the dance therapy field and an experienced teacher of the Dalcroze system.  I maintained a private piano studio in my home for 15 years, as well as teaching pre-school and early elementary music and movement classes in a number of local schools in the area I lived in.

In 1998, my family and I moved to the United States, and since then I have led classes, concerts, assemblies and family music programs all over the midwest. I have the privilege of spending most summers playing music in libraries, summer camps and music festivals, and the fall, winter and spring in schools, retirement homes and therapeutic settings. My music work has expanded to include teachers' workshops and concerts on inclusion and disability awareness. I also regularly work with Pickleberry Pie Hostpital Concerts providing music and story concerts in children's hospitals around the midwest. Music is one of the best ways to bring healing and fun into any arena.

What People Are Saying!

"Children were totally electrified."
- Columbus Metropolitan Library

" Wonderful class, my children enjoyed it and learned new musical concepts."
- Parent, Dublin Arts Council class

"Great show as always! You are so goofy the audience just sings and
laughs along with you."
- Grandview Public Library

"That was a blast!"
- Eight-year old at a birthday party