We stick to the name Bellingham Music ourselves, but since the 1980's the names Harris Avenue Music and Bellingham Academy of Music have been used too!     

For over 35 years we have provided instruction in guitar, over the years adding a suite of instruments to meet the needs of the community.  Today we have instruction on guitar, bass, ukulele, piano, orchestral instruments, woodwinds, folk instruments, drums, percussion, voice and even electronic production.

Every student is unique in their personality, learning styles, physical features, musical goals and more.  Our goal is to provide traditional, fundamental music instruction with a friendly, modern approach.  This helps provide a good foundation for any style of music so we can get the student to playing what they want to play.  Many of our students even participate in one of our ensembles!

Our convenient downtown location allows for easy access by bus, as well as a quick trip for other things before, after or even during lessons (parents love this!).  We are a short walk to downtown retail, coffee, a climbing gym, groceries, breweries and more.  


We've expanded!!  Don't worry, our second location ("The Annex") is just a couple hundred feet from our main store location.  We added this location to grow our lesson programs and allow more options for classes, ensembles and other group activities. 

Do we offer a FREE 1st lesson?  We prefer to call it a "Meet & Greet" rather than a "lesson" since most of the time is spent getting to know each other, assessing the student's abilities and learning styles, and starting to formulate a lesson plan.  There will likely be some actual "free lesson" time in there too.  Most of our instructors are available to schedule a consultation to make sure they are a good fit for you or your young student.  We believe music - and music instruction - is a two-way relationship and make every effort to get started toward your goals right away.  After this consultation we'll jump right into instruction at your first paid lesson.