Mariah Goldsmith, 9th Grader at CRLS practices saxophone with PBHA Harmony volunteer David Armenta '17. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer

PBHA's HARMONY Mentoring program offers one-on-one music lessons to young people in Cambridge.

Application Information:

To learn more about joining HARMONY as a mentor or a mentee, please email

Student Director Contact Information:

Staff Contact Information:

Laurie Chroney


Fall 2021

Status: Active

PBHA’s Harvard and Radcliffe Musical Outreach to Neighborhood Youth, or HARMONY, Mentoring aims to give all youth in the Cambridge area access to a musical education. We believe that music enhances growth, as children develop new skills and a new passion. Music can develop discipline and bring joy, among a countless number of other benefits. Learning to make music is a great gift that we would love to share with the children in our community.

HARMONY Mentoring volunteers meet weekly with¬†their mentees for personal music lessons.¬†Each week’s lesson typically begins with reviewing material from the previous lesson and then finish by learning a new piece. Mentors and mentees develop a close relationship throughout the semester and have lots of fun learning from each other.

HARMONY Mentoring encourages all children to pursue a musical education and welcomes any interest in the program. Just as learning and developing any skill takes time, so learning to make music is a journey. We highly encourage children to continue their musical education for as long as possible, such as through continual participation in PBHA’s HARMONY Mentoring programs or lessons elsewhere.



Learn More

  • Finding HARMONY


    HARMONY targets children who would especially benefit from individual or group musical instruction because they would otherwise be unable to afford private music lessons.

  • HARMONY Afterschool


    HARMONY Afterschool aims to expand the opportunities for elementary schools students in Cambridge Public Schools to grow through musical education.

  • Summer HARMONY


    PBHA's Summer HARMONY brings musical education to the classrooms of PBHA's 12 Summer Urban Program camps.