My daughter took piano lessons from Sandi Melody at Harmony house when she was 5 and 6 years old – which was 20 years ago! HH gave her a fantastic start as a musician, and she has been a professional musician since she was 12. The footage I have of her playing “When the Saint’s Go Marching In” at one of their wonderful recitals is priceless.
Harmony House provides an incomparable foundation for all who come through its doors.Shari Ulrich
If you follow this blog (criticaltechnology.blogspot.ca) you are aware of my inspired learner series of posts. The idea being that there are already many people learning online and using social media as a part of their learning. I also believe that the role of the super mentor will become increasingly important for self-directed learners.
Sandi Melody is a super mentor who has created something very special. She has created a school where youth can come for music and live performance training. What she provides goes far beyond the regular music teaching, she provides mentorship to many aspects of being a musician, not just the chops of playing your chosen instrument. What Sandi does is well described by Curtis Bonk in his book “The World is Open”;
This will be a person to consult with at critical junctures in your learning process. Such individuals will be critical in helping sort out the myriad ways you can learn today as well as the interesting routes you might take to reach new learning milestones. As learning becomes increasingly essential in our lives, super mentors will continually provide the breath of life by leading us to relevant and meaningful learning paths.
What I also believe is done very well with Harmony House, Sandi and her students is their use of social media to promote their activities. Being public with your learning increases its depth and quality. And by engaging your social network during your learning increases opportunity for reflection, peer engagement and mentorship.
I believe Sandi Melody is an inspired super-mentor who uses many of the available social media technologies to deepen peoples learning by engaging others and provide opportunities for reflection and public support. Sandi is an Inspired Super-mentor and her students are Inspired Learners.
I took lessons at Harmony House for four years and I would recommend them to anyone that wants to take their musicianship to the next level. The teachers are positive and encouraging, and all amazing musicians in their own rights. There is also a strong emphasis on developing skills for live performances, which is extremely beneficial to anyone looking to play in live bands. This all happens in one of the most welcoming and supportive environments I’ve ever been a part of.
In short, Harmony House offers unparalleled instruction in an ideal environment, and anyone looking for music lessons would be crazy not to go here!Fraser Christian
When I joined Harmony House, I was a shy middle-schooler that enjoying singing, but had no formal experience. Sandi and all of her staff are incredible, and helped me blossom into a confident young performer. I took private vocal lessons with Sandi, and also joined an ensemble with young people my age. In these lessons, you can not only take part in choosing the songs you would like to perform, but with great support from extremely encouraging and talented teachers, you can play an active part in building on and exploring your musical abilities. H.H not only puts on events where we can showcase our hard work, they also take us into studios to record our songs.
I’m 24 now, and just recently went back to H.H. to form an ensemble of young adults, and perform at the Christmas showcase. It was such a joy and pleasure to be back at H.H again.If you are in middle school or entering high school, as I was when I joined H.H., I would really recommend discovering the programs offered by H.H. The music studio is filled with professionals who offer continuous support and a very personalized learning experience.Fiona Humbert-Droz
Harmony House always always been nothing but awesome for me! I’ve taken drum lessons, performance classes, and just about every other course they have had to offer over the years. Harmony House always provides students with fun teachers and a positive learning environment which can be a rarity these days.. I have made several close friends over the years at Harmony House and wouldn’t trade the years of lessons for anything. Sandi herself is the most motivating positive individual out there and her vision for harmony house is spectacular. She truly believes every single student has their own talents and it is her job to bring it all out! Thanks Harmony House 🙂Jared Radvak