Harmony Project Sooke is a registered non-profit society that provides musical instruments and instruction to children and youth in the Sooke area.
Modeled on the award-winning Harmony Project in Los Angeles, the project in Sooke was launched in 2016 to promote the development of healthy youth and vibrant community through musical education and ensemble participation.
Research shows that playing musical instruments powerfully enhances brain development, and experience shows that taking part in music education promotes discipline, dedication and teamwork, not to mention joy!
Harmony Project Sooke offers the following programs for students in School District #62:
- Strings Classes for students in Grades 2-6
- Drumline for students in Grades 6 and up
Classes are held outside of school hours and meet twice a week.
The Project was brought to Sooke by Maestro Norman Nelson of the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, after he was inspired by a visit to the Harmony Project in Los Angeles. “I found it so moving to walk into a rather downtrodden school and see the kids just gobbling up the music! They held a concert where for 90 minutes, child after child performed to a rapt audience of their families and the public,” said Nelson.
Harmony Project Sooke is a registered charity under the name Harmony Project Society of BC.
CRA Registered Charitable number: 784563496RR0001
For more information and to support us, please contact:
Lorna Bjorklund, Executive Director
Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra
Harmony Project (Los Angeles)
research on music and the brain
A child’s brain develops faster with exposure to music
Music lessons spur emotional and behavioral growth in children
This is your brain — and this is your brain on music