Concept and Philosophy
|<--- Click the logo to watch the New Horizons Music video.|
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]
Dr. Roy Ernst
Founder of the New Horizons Program
[The following was written by Dr. Ernst (slightly edited) 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]
The President’s Corner
President, NHIMA Board of Directors
The Villages New Horizons Concert Band
The Villages, Florida
Music speaks a universal language. Someone reading a musical score in China will play essentially the same music as the musician in North America; no translation is required. In comparing music to most other forms of art, music does not require a frame or a museum. Music is what feelings would sound like; music is expressed emotion.
The New Horizons Organization seeks to introduce (or reintroduce) adults to making music in a group setting. One reason the New Horizons program has been so successful is that it recognizes and nurtures the natural blending of music with socialization. In the 22 years of New Horizons history, they have grown from ... [read the entire article]
Click the computer to read about browser requirements.
If you experience any problems with this web site, please contact the [Webmaster]. Include details about your system specifications and your specific problem.
New Horizons International Music Association, Inc. Copyright © 2004-13 NHIMA. Web Site by [Allegro Web Designs].