The Melodia is a free-reed instrument, meaning a tone is produced when air is blown over a vibrating reed. The origin of these types of instruments is thought to be from the end of the 18th century in China and Japan which inspired more modern European versions in the 19th century. Also known as a blow-organ or key-flute, these are similar to the harmonica and when playing chords resemble the sound produced by an accordion. This instrument is known by many names from various manufacturers, the Harmony Melodia is West Music’s proprietary brand.
Modern Melodias are widely recognized for their use in music education. The Harmony Melodia, H4J32, is a 32 key instrument (starts F below middle C) with a piano keyboard that can be played held with both hands using the direct- blow mouth piece or placed on a table using an extension tube with mouth piece which are both included. This instrument also includes a deluxe, padded, zippered carrying case. Its' small size and portability make it an excellent option for students to learn chords and melodies at school and home. As with most wind instruments the Melodia has a spit valve for removing moisture that accumulates during playing.
While this instrument is known for music instruction, it is also used regularly by modern recording and performing artists representing various styles of music. The H4J32 is ideal for both students and advanced players.
While there aren’t many options out there for Melodia books, beginner piano books can be used for learning scales and basic keyboard techniques. The Pop Keyboard Course Intro and 1st book are good places to start, as is the Ultimate Beginner Series: Keyboard Basics Mega Pak.