Harmony House Music School 

Testimonials

My son has been taking lessons for 1.5 years and at the age of 9, he can play the piano while singing which is super impressive. He can sit in front of the piano and sing songs by Alicia Keys, John Lennon, Elton John, Oasis and Vulfpeck and I did not have to ask him to practice at all. It is fun for him to study chords and perform in front of an audience.

I would say, you are lucky to find this place and that is how I feel.
Gija Williams
Harmony House Parent

It's a great music school! Not only students learn how to play the instrument they choose, they also learn how to be confident.  My 5-year old daughter started 10 months ago in the Budding Musician program; I really like the fact that she not only learns to play piano, but also singing at the same time and learning to talk & perform with microphone (in front of audience).  These are the ultimate qualities I want my child to develop which will benefit her in her lifetime and Harmony House has a very well-planned program to guide their students to be confident.  

I have friends that sent their children to another piano school at a young age and went through lots of crying & rejecting (some children never wanted to touch piano after a few months).  I am very happy that my daughter is still very interested to play (although practise at home doesn't last long) and is making progress.
Helen Wu
Harmony House Parent

Harmony House has added so much to my life, socially, physically and emotionally in the past several years.  As an adult starting to address a few things on my constantly growing bucket list, its like one stop shopping for trying new things, experiencing the joy of music in so many forms, and learning to be comfortable performing in front of other people.  

Between singing in Harmony House's wonderful choirs (Spirits Call and Classic Rock Choir), taking solo lessons, singing with a small group, or trying out an instrument for the first time, its all fun and oh so good for every bit of me!   I've learned that music is a pretty terrific antidote for just about anything that causes stress in our busy lives... and I'm thankful for the opportunity to be part of this amazing experience and hope to keep at it for a while!  Thank you Harmony House!
Lisa Cartwright
Harmony House Adult Student

Harmony House is very special, unique and different in a way that you can witness if you give it a go.  While producing measurable results, it's so easy to see that the teachers, owners and this school in general have passion about being brave, about the skills learned and having their students find passion in the music that they learn.  The next difference is the students actually perform before a live audience in concert (after recording in studio) if one is up for it.  

With multiple programs (private instrumental, voice lessons, group ensembles and unique programs beyond), both young and old alike grow in not only skills but confidence while performing.  The teachers bring out your best with skill, patience and humour. Our own daughter has grown and accelerated in playing/singing in a fairly short period of time and it's such a joy to see her into it! ps. The students get to decide what songs they want to learn which keeps it all very cool/current for them. Highly recommend this school.
Anita Hildebrandt
Harmony House Parent

Harmony House is a wonderful place to learn. The programming is set up to inspire, motivate and put just the right amount of pressure on students so that they practice!
Music, especially vocals, is not something that can be taught well without creativity. The teachers at Harmony House have many approaches to drawing out techniques and results, and work with each individual to find a method that resonates.
Cori Creed
Harmony House Adult Student

What a fantastic place!  If you want to see your young people (and your own grown up self) step into a joyful and brave way of being with music; performance, collaboration, sharing, skill development & discovery, this is the place.  ❤️ LOVE
Samantha Burnet
Harmony House Parent and Student

Harmony House has been a significant part of my life for what feels like most of my life.  As a child who was heavily immersed in all types of art-based activities, music was always my favourite.  Being homeschooled growing up, I never really felt like I fit in anywhere. When I started voice lessons at Harmony House at the age of eleven, I felt as if I had finally found my "place" I was supposed to fit into. 

As a teenager, most of us are in the early stages of finding ourselves and to have a community like Harmony House to love and support you as you grow through that difficult time has an immense impact that helps nurture balance, courage and self-confidence.  After high school I attended Vancouver Community College of Music.  It was here that I ultimately realized how much Harmony House had really taught me. 

Subjects like master classes, performances, the recording studio, ear training and theory were all things I had an upper hand in because Harmony House specifically focuses on all these aspects of the art.  It was because of this training I was able to excel in school, and eventually return to Harmony House as a voice and piano teacher. The students, teachers, parents and everyone else involved in Harmony House are to thank for helping this wonderful school stay alive for 20 years and counting.  I owe so much of my success to this school.  My only wish is that others continue to be just as enlightened as I have been from my experience here. I hope to continue that legacy through my own teaching at Harmony House.
Kaiya Massey-Nesbitt
Harmony House Student

Harmony House Music Studio not only provides a high quality of instruction and unique learning opportunities but it also provides something that not all places of musical instruction can hope to create - a community. 

I was able to expand my passion for music and explore my abilities with the help of the amazing staff and their constant support and encouragement.  I first joined Harmony House when I was 6 years old and continued to be apart of the school for 13 years.  Throughout my time at the school I gained invaluable friendships with the other students and a self-confidence that I developed through the many solo and group performances I got to do and look back on fondly.  My experiences with the school are ones I will cherish and never forget!
Allison Wright
Harmony House Student

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
Canadian Singer/Songwriter/Performer/Broadcaster

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.
Harmony House Parent

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!
Frasier Christian
Harmony House Student

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
Harmony House Student

Harmony House Music Studio engages all students in collaborative authentic music experiences that foster life long learning and deep music appreciation.  Creativity, rigour, and teamwork seem to happen organically at Harmony House but upon further investigation it is evident that the development of these 21st century skills is direct and purposeful.  Harmony House provides robust music and learning opportunities for all ages.
Steve Holmberg
Harmony House Teacher