New Horizons International Music Association

New Horizons Music

Concept and Philosophy

New Horizons Music programs provide entry points to music making for adults, including those with no musical experience at all and those who were active in school music programs but have been inactive for a long time. Many adults would like an opportunity to learn music in a group setting similar to that offered in schools, but the last entry point in most cases was elementary school. We know that for most of the last century, about 15-20 percent of high school students nationally participated in music. From that, we can estimate that at least 80 percent of the adult population needs beginning instruction in order to participate in making music. New Horizons Music programs serve that need.

The first New Horizons program at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York was designed to … read the entire article


The President’s Corner

We have just concluded an important and significant year in the life of the New Horizons International Music Association. Important, because we celebrated our 25th anniversary. Significant, because we added nearly 450 new group and individual members, the largest single year growth in our history. Included in that growth were 21 new planning groups which provide the foundation for future growth of the movement.

I had the pleasure of visiting two groups in Utah, one of which was getting started and the other which had completed the two-year planning cycle and had grown to a vibrant and active group. NHIMA was able to provide financial support to both of these groups, as we have done for several others in the past year. This is an important use of your dues dollars where we can share the joy of music with others, the basis of the vision of Dr. Roy Ernst is establishing this organization.

There are a number of exciting music camps planned for 2017, and I hope you will be able to take advantage of one or more of them. I’m excited about going to the camp in Canada in September. Be sure to take advantage of the member discount on camp fees and let your friends know about this valuable benefit of membership. The discount is usually at least the annual cost of membership, if not more.

Please use the contact page on this web site to communicate with me or other board members. We value your comments and suggestions. I hope that I will be able to greet you personally at a camp this year.

Buddy Givens

President, NHIMA Board of Directors

Music For Life

Featured Video

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Submitted by Frank Needham, New Horizons Band of Western New York

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In The News

Got high blood pressure? Listen up!

blood_pressure_examination To music that is. In the March 2015 Reader’s Digest it was reported that medical research has validated something we’ve all known for a long time… Listening to music has a calming effect. According to RD, in at least one study, it was found that listening to music for around a half-hour a day for about a month can have a significant positive effect on blood pressure. How significant? The researchers recorded a reduction of 12mm Hg in systolic blood pressure (the top number) and a 5 mm Hg decrease in the bottom number (diastolic pressure). This favorably compares to the benefits of taking a strong blood pressure medication.

The short article went on to say that the calming effect of music is so powerful that it was actually more effective at reducing stress for folks heading into cardiac surgery than a sedative. Moreover, a group who listened to music after their surgery “fared better than patients who received the sedative.”

One theory is that music directly acts on the body’s autonomic nervous system… the system that controls heart rate and blood pressure. Score another win for music! (Pun intended.)

Submitted by Jon Nelson, Madison New Horizons Band

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Founder of the New Horizons Program

Dr. Roy Ernst

The following was written by Dr. Ernst for the Introduction to “New Horizons 2004”, a book about many of the New Horizons bands and orchestras that have been created since the early 1990’s.Dr. Roy Earnst, Founder of New Horizons International Music Assocciation

I confess that in the late 1980s, when I was just thinking about starting a music program for retired adults, I thought, “Well, we would want to give concerts, but probably no one would come.”

I was so wrong. You will find that New Horizons bands and orchestras become important parts of their communities … read the entire article

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