While our program offerings will continue to evolve to meet the needs of our community, our underlying philosophy will remain the same: all children can learn, a supportive parent/caregiver is always a welcome part of the learning process, and music education will be a joyful experience that will shape the mind and soul of the student in positive ways.
YOU CAN HELP! We are currently accepting donations to support our programming for families in need. If you and/or your company are able to make a contribution, volunteer, or are open to new and innovative partnerships that will help better serve our community, contact us using the link above. Be a part of building a better future for all children in eastern Iowa!
Harmony Sistema This programming is based on the highly acclaimed El Sistema educational system which began in Venezuela and has spread throughout the world. Designed by musician and economist Jose Antonio Abreu, El Sistema offers free, intensive music instruction to students after school, with a focus on character development, leadership development, and skill acquisition for the purpose of positive social change. In September 2017, and in conjunction with Johnson STEAM Academy enrichment programs, we will launch a pilot program to develop this program further, while simultaneously exploring avenues to reach more children throughout the eastern Iowa area.
Eastern Iowa Youth Orchestra Formerly known as Eastern Iowa String Orchestra, EIYO is designed to offer an orchestra experience to students who do not have access to school orchestra programs, and to provide an enrichment experience for those that do. Two levels are offered to accommodate a broader age and ability range.
Studio private and group lesson programs Instruments: piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass.
Students study classical music and other genres and exercises, and receive coaching for any music from other ensembles in which the student participates.
New Family Orientation Required for all families. Depending on teacher recommendation and age/ability level of the child, each family may observe lessons, study the Suzuki philosophy, learn instrument basics, and learn ways to be effective home teachers for their child. Course duration: 1-8 weeks, depending on the age of the student and recommendation of the teacher.
Private lessons Private lessons are offered weekly and can be 30, 45, or 60 minutes in length, depending on the age and level of the student and the recommendation of the teacher. Fifteen minute lessons are available to siblings of current students (ages 3-4), and parents of students who wish to continue their own instruction, and with the approval of the teacher.
Parent attendance is crucial to the development of the young Suzuki student until the child is older and can be relied upon to practice what the teacher assigns with great attention to detail. If a parent is unable to attend, the accompanying adult should bring a video recorder to the lesson so that parents may view the lesson later. Students are encouraged to come early and stay late to observe other students and build supportive social connections.
Group lessons Group lessons are held during the academic year, and are open to both HSM students and students from other area Suzuki-based music studios. Students are admitted to group lessons when they are ready to participate fully, and based on teacher recommendation. Each group lesson is up to 45 minutes long. Parent attendance is expected for younger students. Group lessons are just as important as individual lessons, as they give students a chance to learn from their peers, build friendships, develop teamwork and leadership skills, and prepare for ensemble playing. For students who participate in a school orchestra program, group lessons offer a more intense experience where performance expectations are high and all participating students attend private lessons.
Book Graduation Each student who is prepared will complete a video ‘playing test’ of selected pieces within a Suzuki book. The DVD will by viewed by a panel of teachers, and students who pass will receive a certificate of achievement and award at the Spring Banquet.
100 Days Club A world-wide Suzuki phenomenon, the 100 Days Club is a practice challenge that is open to all students who choose to participate. The goal is to practice at least 100 days in a row! Students who achieve this goal receive a certificate of achievement and a gift card at our annual Spring Banquet.
High School Teaching Internship
Available to students age 16 and above. Interns must study privately at Harmony School, or receive a recommendation from an outside private lesson instructor. Application required. Advanced high school students with excellent character and leadership skills may apply to teach lessons to select beginning students while under the direction of an experienced mentor teacher. This innovative program is an excellent way for aspiring teachers to gain experience and training in a paid, professional setting.
NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY: The Harmony School of Music, Inc. is committed to providing an environment that is welcoming to every person. In all its programs and practices, Harmony School prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, national origin, gender, age, disability, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.