Welcome To

HARMONY BRIDGE

HISTORY AND MISSION

 

In 2010, Michael Levine and the Dallas Brass created Harmony Bridge, a three-tiered, small ensemble music program focusing on community outreach, primarily targeting the senior community. The three-tiered concept includes:

Musicianship — Playing at a high level, individually and as an ensemble

Showmanship — Engaging audiences with a thoughtful and creative presentation

Interaction — Visiting with audience members following the performance


A library of music was created to serve the mission of Harmony Bridge. The library includes 70 traditional folk songs, arranged for small ensembles. Each piece was chosen to connect with the senior community, but are familiar and loved by all ages.

Prior to Covid-19, the library was available ONLY in conjunction with the entire Harmony Bridge program, but now the program has been modified and the music can be purchased on its own!

"The Harmony Bridge concept is a welcome addition to music education! I’ve been hiring and producing small groups at Disneyland for over 40 years. No matter how well the kids play, the key is their ability to create their own entity, and to rehearse and polish and execute.  And it’s not only the music, but showmanship…it’s all about entertainment. That’s exactly what Harmony Bridge is teaching."

Stanford Freese

Former Talent Casting and Booking Director

Disneyland

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INDEPENDENT MUSICIANSHIP

 

Harmony Bridge focuses on independent musicianship – teaching students to teach themselves and each other; developing their skills in listening, assessment, and creative problem-solving. The arrangements are very accessible in range and technique so the focus can be on playing musically and with good fundamentals.

LEVELS

Beginner:  3 parts (like-instruments or mixed instruments) optional percussion

Intermediate:  4 parts plus percussion*

Advanced: 5 parts plus percussion*

 

*percussion can be optional but is recommended

SHOWMANSHIP

The Harmony Bridge method addresses showmanship as well as musicianship; teaching the difference between being a player and being a performer; understanding the importance of connecting with the audience. Clearly these are life skills which go far beyond the music.

FLEXIBLE  INSTRUMENTATION

 

Pieces allow for various instrument combinations which develops a sensitivity to balance, particularly when combining woodwinds with brass. Since there are parts for all instruments, the music can also be rehearsed and performed as a full band.

NAVIGATION GUIDE

 

The Trio book, in score form, uses highlighted staves for easy navigation. All books use RED brackets to identify melody which is constantly passed from player to player. The Intermediate and Advanced books useadditional brackets for parallel and similar harmony lines, countermelodies, and other important material to be brought out.

FUN TO PLAY AND HEAR

Songs are essentially melody and accompaniment; different styles, toe-tapping, familiar tunes. Everyone gets the melody, interesting parts throughout and builds musical confidence and self-esteem.

MUSIC DEMOS

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Trio Book

Played on woodwinds

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Intermediate Book

Played on brass

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Advanced Book

Played on woodwinds and brass

To view a sample of the sheet music while listening, click on the song title, and then click 

20 songs3 part like-instruments or mixed instruments; 

Optional percussion  

Single Book - $10.00

Score - $15.00

25 songs, 4 parts plus percussion

Single Book - $10.00

Double Books - $12.00

Score - $25.00

25 songs, 5 parts plus percussion

 Single Book - $10.00

Double Books - $12.00

Score - $25.00 

The Next Step...

Use the calendar below to book a ZOOM or PHONE appointment so we can guide you through the process of bringing Harmony Bridge into your program.

  

Questions or Comments? 

info@harmonybridge.net

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