Standing Elk Experience NAF Workshop On Demand - Special Edition
We are excited to share this incredible, interactive 79 minute workshop that includes a full experience of Jan Michael's multi-award winning song.
Learn How to Play all the melodies of Standing Elk!
Jan Michael shares the inspirational story of the song and the power of musical self-expression!
Includes lessons on both the solo flute version and with backing track!
Step-by-step breakdown of combining techniques and embellishments!
Also includes play along videos and special performances!
The song Standing Elk is a beautiful tribute to the power of connecting with our feelings and expressing them openly. After suffering an unexpected loss of Jan Michael's mentor and uncle, Michael Standing Elk, he put his own feelings aside and hid them from others because of guilt. Once Jan Michael remembered his Uncle's teachings and embraced his own feelings, the journey of healing could begin. It was in that moment that the melody for the song was created.
Michael Standing Elk received his Tribal name as a child because he was deeply connected to the elk and would often visit with them. About 10 years prior to his passing, he took Jan Michael into the forest where a bull elk had died. With tears rolling down his face, Standing Elk said, "Nephew, these tears aren't from sadness, they are from love. When you miss someone, it's ok to cry."
Over two decades Jan Michael recorded the Standing Elk Melody on several albums, with each version in a different musical style. Digital downloads of both versions of the song are available in our digital singles collection here on the site - the solo flute version with a bass A flute and the full band version that includes his "Band of Brothers", chants, guitars, and multiple flutes as a digital download (look for them in the digital singles collection).
Enjoy these music videos of both versions of Standing Elk!