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The Music Factory Studio

Sonora, CA

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About The Music Factory Studio

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We offer guitar, vocal, piano and bass guitar lessons. We have over 30 years experience teaching all ages. We have been teaching in St. Augustine for over 12 years. Lessons are provided in a full service recording studio and offer private one on one instruction only.

We also offer 24 track digital recording services for all types of projects. We do music demos, voice overs and can produce full albums.

The Music Factory Studio is a husband and wife owned business.

"Dedicated to providing a positive and creative learning environment"

Location

20071-C Highway 108
Sonora, CA 95370

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  • 5/5 stars September 10, 2013

    Sherry and Harley helped to ease my anxiety about singing. They replied to my questions promptly and professionally and made me feel like success is possible. I recommend The Music Factory Studio highly.

  • 5/5 stars April 30, 2013

    I have been taking Vocal and Piano lessons at the Music Factory for over 7 months now and I love it! Mr.Harley and Mrs.Shery are such nice, helpful and dedicated teachers. I look forward to going every week and learning new things.

  • 5/5 stars January 21, 2012

    EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS! I am a single mom and to see the transformation and positive influence Harley and Shery has had on my son was amazing. The value of the music factory is above and beyond a 30 minute sesson. It's a life lesson.

  • 5/5 stars October 28, 2011

    my grandson wanted to take piano lessons and i didnt personally know anyone so checked online and found harley at the music factory studio. my grandson is very happy with his lessons there and looks forward to going each week.

  • 5/5 stars November 17, 2009

    Harley and Shery have a music and recording studio right next to Johnny's Guitar Shop. That is where all the lessons take place. Gianni has been with Harley for about 3 years now, I think, and loves it so much that his week is not quite right if he can't go. Both Luca and Robbie have lessons there too (guitar and piano). We "occupy" a good chunk of Tuesday afternoon and I completely trust them with my boys' musical upbringing.

    Harley teaches the instruments and I take lessons with Shery. Shery is the voice coach of The Music Factory and brings years of experience to each lesson. My voice has improved tremendously with her gently guiding me. Both of them are in a band called "Shery & the Psychodelics". They have their own website under that name. It is totally worth your babysitter to go and see them, 'cause they sure know how to rock da house :-)

    They are so "into" music that they often go over the time (if there's no appt after), just because it's fun for them. The approach is artistic (as apposed to strictly from a book with homework etc) - they really try to let the kids "feel the music within you".

  • 5/5 stars November 1, 2009

    I took guitar lessons from Harley for about three years. He is extremely flexible and will teach you what you NEED to learn as well as what you WANT to learn regardless of the type of music you're into. Lessons are never tedious or repetitious.

News feed

  • The Music Factory Studio is now registered with the Recording Industry Association of America as an independent record label!
    Aug 14, 2012 at 9:38 am

  • We now offer a retail sales section. We are now selling strings, picks, cables stands, books and drum sticks for greatly discounted prices. We also will re-string most instruments for FREE with a purchase of strings!
    Aug 29, 2011 at 10:46 am

Question and answer

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Don't go for cheap or convenient. Don't hire an instructor that just uses a book to teach. In-home servicers don't have a vast resource of materials available for the student. They only provide what they can carry. Don't hire someone who only reads tablature and can't read or write music notation. Definitely don't retain someone who hasn't written a single song! Do hire someone with lots of experience and pays attention to you and the student.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. Many others who attempt to teach are not also working as a professional musicians. My wife and I both work professionally all over the first coast region. Also, I minored in Music in college, possess a strong theory background, and wrote and arranged for Stage/Jazz band in both high school and college. I have also traveled all over the world teaching classes in the hig-tech industry.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. What I like most is that I don't consider it a job but a privelege to teach people of all ages about music and the artistry involved in creating music. Music can be very theraputic to adults, and can help children learn to be better students. Learning an intsrument teaches concentration and focus like no other skill in life. It also opens the perspective of the mind to other cultures because of the many forms that music takes.

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. I would suggest a minimum of 20,000 hours of practice, coupled with performing at least 1000 live shows and get an education. Playing music is one thing, but if you're going to teach, you need to respect your craft, know many different types of music, and understand the fundimentals of music theory.

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