Meet The Harmony Team
I’ve been surrounded by music all my life, and love teaching children about the healing power of yoga. That’s what inspired me to start my own business, Harmony Yoga & Music Studio, and it’s why I’m so excited to work with curious, passionate and inquisitive kids (and their families!) from all across Niagara.
Growing up in Niagara Falls, I had a childhood full of exploration, wonder and self-discovery. I’m lucky to have a mother who encouraged countless hours of free and independent play, which forced me to be creative and find my true passions and desires early in life.
As a proud Bajan, I’m known for my laid-back “island” mentality, which I bring to the studio. I want people (especially children) to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible when learning about music and movement, because it’s important for kids to be able to let go of any inhibitions, insecurities or shyness and express themselves through music.
Carly - Owner of Harmony Music
My name is Brittney Stranges, I am 21 years old and I am currently completing my degree at Brock University with a combined major in Music and English.
I have been playing piano since I was about 7 years old, guitar since I was 14 years old, and I played trumpet for 5 years while I was in high school.
When I am not teaching or in school I volunteer within the community in both Niagara Falls and St. Catharine’s, and with the organization Free The Children. I love to travel and take pictures everywhere I go, and I am a big pop culture fanatic.
My favourite parts about teaching are seeing my students’ progress and having fun playing music. I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you!
Brittney - Guitar & Piano Teacher
I began fooling around on the guitar when I was 8 years old but didn’t get serious about it until two years later – when my parents “strongly advised” that I start taking proper lessons. Since then, I have gone on to study with many local guitarists as well as Music Theory and MIDI Programming with a Toronto-based composer that I’d rather not name because I’m still kind of afraid of him.
In addition to a twenty year career as a touring and recording musician, I’ve served as Mix Engineer and Dialogue Editor at Noisetree Digital Audio, a small post production studio specializing in sound and music for mid-budget documentaries. In my spare time, I learned to play the banjo, which I also teach.
I began teaching on a part time basis in 2009 and soon decided that I much preferred the company of aspiring musicians to mentally unhinged directors and so before long, teaching became a full time occupation.
Dave - Guitar & Theory Teacher
I was born in Guernsey, Channel Islands and is an enthusiastic musician and Music teacher. I am currently teaching woodwinds, vocals, ukulele, piano and guitar at Harmony Yoga & Music Studio. Commencing my musical career at the age of six, I was invited to join the Guernsey Music Centre. I have been involved in choirs, bands, orchestras and small ensembles for 12 years and participated in many music competitions locally and in England. One of my biggest achievements to date was obtaining my Grade 8 Clarinet with the Trinity College London (Grade 10 RCM equivalent) by the age of 17. I then went on to complete my Bachelor of Music with First Class Honors at Brock University. As a supporter of lifelong learning, I continue to take lessons under the principal clarinetist of the NSO, Zoltan Kalman. Highlights of my musical career so far have been playing second clarinet in the Mozart Requiem with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra and performing Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Concertino with the Brock University Wind Ensemble. I am a strong believer that music is for everyone and teaches students of all ages. I understand that music should be fun and that each of us learns differently. Through student directed learning, and a positive attitude, I aim to bring out the best in her students.
Charlotte - Multi-Instrument Teacher
My name is Hannah Scherle, I am 19 years old and will be attending Brock University as a double major in music and French. Music has always been a part of my life. I began playing violin at the age of 4, and have added many instruments to my repertoire since. Music is my greatest passion. It is there to pick you up when you’re sad or to even enhance happiness. I have been a part of the Niagara Youth Orchestra for 7 years now and take every opportunity I can to play. Music is truly a skill that can help in almost all aspects of life, from critical thinking to confidence, and I am so excited to teach music and share the thing I love most with people.
Hannah - Multi-instrument teacher
My name is Maggie Leriger and I am 16 years old. I love playing, listening to, and creating music! I started playing violin when I was 7. When I was 13 I picked up viola during a summer strings camp. I teach violin, viola, and beginner piano. I have participated in many summer music camps, orchestras, and small ensembles over the last 7 years, including the Niagara Youth Orchestra for the last two years. I love making new connections with other musicians who love music as much as I do. I have 3 younger brothers and love working with kids in any way. I enjoy teaching because it allows me to share my passion with others and to help them enjoy music by learning how to create music for themselves. I know that everyone learns differently and I try to make each lesson fun for each different personality. I look forward to meeting you!
Maggie - Violin, piano, vocals, guitar, ukulele
My name is Hailey Morton, and I am 21 years old. I recently graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor’s degree in Bio-Medical Science. Although my studies kept me busy, playing music and performing was a constant source of relaxation for me throughout my university career. I have been playing the piano since I was five years old, and am currently working toward my Grade 10 RCM examination. Along the way, my musical interests have expanded to include guitar, voice, and guitalele. My other interests include reading, long-distance running, and travel. Through teaching, I hope to engage students and encourage a lifelong enthusiasm for music.
Hailey - Piano, vocals, ukulele, guitar
My name is Adrienne Swift and my life has always been filled with music. Even as an infant I attempted piano and guitar alongside my talented grandfather. Since then, I have taken piano lessons, participated in musicals, recitals, cabaret, choir, as well as poetry competitions. I have performed songs I have written both in Canada and the United States, and have been blessed to win some competitions. I have taught piano and volunteered as a music teacher for children from as young as 18 months and up to 18 years of age several times over the years. Nothing gives me more joy than sharing music with those around me through performing and teaching. I feel I can enrich and inspire young, aspiring musicians to not only learn to play and read music, but to assist them with the skills and mindset to express themselves more fully through their own creations! Creativity and knowledge of music allows one to express their innermost and deepest feelings. I feel I also have the ability to guide children to discover self confidence through music. Devloping confidence will shape their lives and allow for many opportunities for success within the world of music or other paths. I excitedly await the opportunity to help your young ones in discovering and growing their passion for music.
Adrienne - Piano, vocals, guitar, ukulele
My journey as a musician started at the age of 6, when I first headed to NIOMA, guitar in my hand and a head full of dreams. To this day, I remember the joy and pride I felt, walking out of my lessons with Carly, having learnt something new. The comfort and excitement music provided me with has had a profound impact on me and still continues to live in me through my adolescence. I studied guitar and vocals under Carly’s instruction for 6 years before pursuing my interest in instruments such as piano and violin. I am now a student at École Secondaire Jean Vanier and a member of the Niagara Youth Orchestra. I dream of being a songwriter, travelling the world writing hit songs for others. After writing my first song at age 7, my passion for creation has evolved, matured, yet still holds the same essence: emotion. My goal as an instructor is to develop in every student, the spark that ignites the flame, the burning desire to express feeling through music. I want to provide my students with the same encouragement, patience and support Carly has shown me through our many years of instruction that have lead me to where I am today. Just as she has done, I wish to plant that seed of passion in others. For music is the pathway, happiness is the destination…
Raphael - Violin, guitar, piano, vocal, percussion
My name is Lauren Calvert, I am 22 years old, and have grown up in the Niagara Region. Music has always been a part of my life. As a young child, I never stopped singing and could often be found dancing in the kitchen singing along to ‘Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat’. I took vocal lessons for twelve years, and have had the opportunity to perform with various choirs, community theatre productions, and a soloist with Chorus Niagara. I began playing the piano when I was 5 years old, achieving my grade 8 RCM certification, and grade 2 Advanced Rudiments of Theory. Most recently, I have started to play the guitar, and am always looking for new and creative ways to make music. I love teaching and working with children, and am very excited to share my passion and enthusiasm with students to show that music is fun and can be enjoyed by all.