Playing in a band or orchestra might be something you have always wanted to do, but you simply found the notion to be a bit intimidating or you might have thought that you couldn’t do it. Nothing could be further from the truth. The New Horizons Program was started just for those people who may have missed learning how to play an instrument back in their school years, and now they regret it. It is also for those people who played back in school, but have then spent many years building careers and raising families.
No matter what your circumstances, the New Horizons concept of making music provides a non-intimidating environment for you to begin or to resume. It offers you the chance to play the instrument you have always dreamed about and to progress at your own rate. The only expectations will be those that you place on yourself. As Dr. Ernst, the founder of the program says, “Your best is good enough.”
You will find that the people who join New Horizons groups are from varied backgrounds, but they all share one thing in common – their love of music. Being active in music has been shown to have very positive effects on people’s emotional and physical well-being. Many new friendships are formed when people join New Horizons groups, and the group lessons, rehearsals and concerts become very important parts of their lives.
To join a group, you simply need to find one near you. Go to the New Horizons Groups page to see a listing of all the New Horizons groups. If there is one near you, look at their contact information and give them a call. You will be a most welcome addition. If there are no groups near you, go to the Starting page, where you will find all of the information you need to start a new group. This is how many groups started in the first place – someone was interested and got the ball rolling.
Be sure to read the Frequently Asked Questions section. Some of the questions and concerns you may have are probably addressed there.