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


 Music For Life

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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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Roy ErnstFounder 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.

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

Nancy-Pres-Pic-v2The President’s Corner

Nancy Summers
President, NHIMA Board of Directors
Director – West Michigan New Horizons Music Ensembles
January 2016

Greetings and Happy New Year from your 2016 NHIMA Board of Directors!

The start of a new year is a time to celebrate the past, embrace the future and live in the present. Your NHIMA board has, in the past year, undergone a Strategic Planning Process, the result of which is a document that will guide us through the next several years. We have earmarked particular goals and have listed deadlines for reporting the progress on those items. We will make every attempt to keep you informed as we move forward into this exciting time in the life of our organization.

If you know anything about me, you know that I work hard to be a good musician, teacher, and leader. Even with those skills, I know that serving as your President is a very formidable task. At the end of the day, it is my hope that whatever your musical goals may be, I can help you reach them. I want to help you to feel the joy of music, the kind that makes you want to get up and dance. I also want to share with you the beauty of a perfectly turned phrase, the quiet moments of silence between the notes when our souls are fed. I want us to look back on these words and say, “We did that!” I want you, US, to be ENLIVENED. Together.

Stay tuned, be in touch, and be ready to experience the NOW. I can’t wait!


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