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!
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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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
President, NHIMA Board of Directors
New Horizons Band of Western New York
Fredonia, New York
Greetings from the President of the Board of Directors –
The New Horizons movement started 24 years ago and I imagine that you are as grateful as I am. I have had such a wonderful time rediscovering old things and discovering new ones.
The Free Dictionary defines “harmony” as:
- An orderly or pleasing combination of elements in a whole.
- A relationship in which various components exist together without destroying one another.
- A relationship characterized by a lack of conflict or by agreement, as of opinion or interest.
I especially like 2. which I’m sure describes some of the experiences we have had when confronted with a new piece of music. So sometimes we don’t achieve harmony, but we don’t destroy each other, and it is the times when we do achieve it that keeps us… read the entire article