The Music Factory Studio

Sonora, CA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

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.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

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.


Sonora, CA 95370

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8 Reviews
  • Gayle D. Jul 27, 2017
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review Updated
    We met both Harley and Shery. Enrolled our Grandaughter for voice lessons. Wonderful people,relaxed,fun,and honest. Excited to get her started.
    Shery A. Jul 27, 2017

    Thank you!

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  • Christine N. Oct 15, 2014
    Piano Lessons
    Verified Review
    Working with Shery and Harley has been a wonderful experience. My 8 year old son is progressing quickly in piano lessons and having fun while doing it. Highly recommended!!
  • Rachel N. Sep 10, 2013
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    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.
  • Summer Y. Apr 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.
  • Bonnie C. Jan 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.
  • John S. Oct 28, 2011
    Verified Review
    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.
  • Syl C. Nov 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".
  • Mike G. Nov 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.


What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
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.