Learn from the best teachers at Harmony House

The right lessons from the right teachersNo matter what the instrument is, a lifetime of music begins with a great teacher who inspires the student to push their limits and expand their horizons. At Harmony House, we believe in pairing together great instruments with talented instructors, all under one roof. Thanks to our wide network, we bring in some of the most talented musicians and teachers from across the Valley.

Whether you are interested in learning to play the cello or the oboe, Harmony House can help match you to the right teacher. In this post, we share what makes some of our teachers so great.

Meet our talented teachers

Bruce Wurst

Teaches: Oboe, English Horn, Bassoon, Ukulele, Dulcimer, Steel Guitar, Cello, Banjo, Guitar, Bass, Upright Bass, Mandolin, Violin, Fiddle, Viola, and Dobro

Already playing piano and guitar by the age of three, Bruce is an accomplished musician and master of a diverse range of instruments, from the mandolin to the horn. Bruce’s accomplishments include a national banjo championship, being an eight-time Arizona guitar champion, and more than 250 cumulative career awards.

Jon Antonelli

Teaches: Drum Set & Percussion

A full-time professional player and teacher, Jon is a skilled drummer who has performed at a high level, including as part of Grant Man and the Island Beats, a reggae band that performed at the 2006 and 2007 Fiesta Bowls in Phoenix. Jon works to break down drumming to its rhythmic roots, making him a great teacher for aspiring drummers of all ages and skill levels.

Terry Smith

Teaches: Vocal

For more than 14 years, Terry has been inspiring students to sing confidently, and with the kind of range and endurance required for all varieties of vocal performance, from musical theatre to pop singing. If your voice is the only instrument you need, Terry can help you hone your skills and abilities.

Joy Elaine

Teaches: Piano, Flute, Clarinet

Joy has been playing music since she was young, and has sung or performed in a number of choirs. She has been teaching music to others since 1998, and has a degree in Music Ministry from Arizona Christian University. She has been teaching at Harmony House since 1995.

Adam Gonzales

Teaches: Guitar, Electric Bass

Adam is a talented musician who has worked with Harmony House for more than seven years. He studied music at Arizona State University and has previously worked with the Young Mozarts program, teaching students in 1st through 4th grade. Adam is a great teacher for both beginners and advanced players alike.

Armando Salas

Teaches: Woodwind Instruments

Armando is an alumni of the famous high school jazz group, the Young Sounds of Arizona. After completing his degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Arizona, Armando has worked at completing original works, creating film scores, and performing in groups such as the Jazz Munkeys and Riverside Cathedral.

Vickie Thai

Teaches: Violin

An experienced and accomplished violinist, Vicki has been teaching this instrument for more than 30 years. Currently, Vicki plays the violin for the Allegro String Quartet and the String Sounds. For those looking to either start playing the violin or further hone their skills, Vicki is an excellent teacher.

It’s time to learn

At Harmony House, we believe that life is more fulfilling with music and performance. If you are ready to take the next step on your path toward developing your own musical abilities, contact us to learn more about our teachers, either through our website or over the phone at 602.493.1234. You can also stop by our store at:

15229 North Cave Creek Road
Phoenix, AZ 85032

Benefits of Music in School

music skills PhoenixMusic has proven to be a huge asset to learning process and growth in children as well as adults. Students have more confidence, higher test scores and learn the importance of teamwork. Although there are a great deal of benefits of having music in schools, many Phoenix schools are doing away with their arts program due to lack of funds and budget cuts. At Harmony House, we strive to teach all different types of instruments to all age groups to bring the benefits of music to Valley. When you are trained musically, you can benefit from a variety of cognitive and emotional skills

Benefits of Music in School

Developed Skills

Music enhances not only the lives of those performing the instrument but as well as the lives around us. Students develop skills crucial to their success in school and in life. These skills can include cognitive, emotional, and personal that can be applied to every aspect of their life.

Learning Skills

musical skillsThere have been many studies conducted that show the correlation between music and education. Students who actively participate in performing arts have tested higher on the SAT, have higher grades overall and are able to critically think.

  • Higher SAT Scores: Students who have had experience with performing music or listen to music on a regular basis have scored significantly higher on the SATs. One study showed that students who had 4 years of musical education outperformed peers by 58 points on the verbal portion and 38 point on the math portion.
  • Improved Work: Student who play an instrument take value in what they are doing. They want to perform to the best of their abilities and this is a trait that carries on into every facet of their life.
  • Memorization: It has been found that students who are required to read sheet music on a regular basis are more skilled at memorizing information. The skill of reading sheet music challenges the student to use their memory on a daily basis.
  • Develop Language Skills: The left side of your brain is better developed when you participate in music. This helps to increase the development of skills required to learn languages and reason.

Emotional Skills

  • Fights Stress: Those who perform and learn to play music tend to have less anxiety and stress than those who do not. Calming music helps the mind to relax and focus on the moment.
  • Empathy Towards Others: When learning to play an instrument, you gain a higher appreciation for other cultures and people. You tend to be more accepting and more in tune with emotions than others.

Personal Skills

  • Self-confidence: Students who are required to perform in front of their peers, teachers and the public have a greater sense of self. This helps to improve confidence in all different types of situations. They are more likely to be successful with public speaking and overall communication.
  • Takes Risks: Performing in fronts of others can be terrifying. When students overcome that fear and realize they are capable of facing their fears, they are more likely to take risks in life.
  • Teamwork: When students are a part of an orchestra or band, they are required to work with others to ensure everything works together.
  • Discipline: It takes a lot of hard work and practice to learn a new instrument. You have to put in a lot of effort to practice everyday and move past any hurdles or frustrations you may encounter. Students apply this discipline to challenges they encounter in their daily life.
  • Improved Coordination: Musical instruments take a lot of coordination. You develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination when practicing an instrument. The two must work together at the right moment to create the perfect sound.  

Music Lessons

music lessonsWith more and more schools removing arts programs from their schools, parents are having to think of new ways to introduce arts into their child’s life. Many music stores in Phoenix have access to instructors that can train anyone at any age to learn a new musical instrument!

At Harmony House, we have qualified instructors to help teach lesson for stringed instruments, woodwind instruments, brass instruments and much more! Start the New Year by scheduling you or your child’s private lessons.