Concept and Philosophy
New Horizons Music programs provide entry points to music making for adults, including those with no musical experience at all and also those who were active in school music programs but have been inactive for a long period. 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. New Horizons Music programs serve that need.
Active participation in music fills important needs for adults – the need for challenging intellectual activity, the need to be a contributing member of a group, and the need to have exciting events in the future. For many people, music can serve these vital needs better than anything else.
Music is a way of experiencing life. It can be the object of deep contemplation and a way of experiencing a broad range of emotions. It provides an opportunity to experience profound and serious thoughts or joyful moments. It makes connections to the past, the present, and the future. It also connects one to other individuals and other cultures. Making music is a way of making vital connections to life.
Many adults want to make lifestyle changes to improve and sustain good health. There is a growing body of evidence that music making supports good mental and physical health. Gerontologists have long known that socialization is an important factor for good health. The evidence is also strong that the “use it or lose it” principle applies to mental abilities as well as physical abilities. The constant mental challenge of learning music is an ideal form of exercise for our brains. The Music Making and Wellness [www.NAMM.com] movement is supporting research to investigate the link between active music making and wellness. Early studies indicate that music making can reduce depression and increase the strength of the immune system.
Of course, first and foremost, NHB is about sharing music. Here we will post pictures, audio, and sometimes video of our performances along with the program agendas.
Links to local newspaper articles and online stories about the New Horizons Band are shared here. Our NHB community is always open to new members from beginners through various musical experience levels. There are no audition requirements. Just stop-in to say hello — our weekly rehearsals always have room for prospective members.
What We Believe
|We believe as we play our instruments we are …||We also believe that…|
|M aking music with a family of lifelong friends||"It’s never too late!"|
|U nderstanding how commitment leads to success||"Mistakes are good!"|
|S haring the joy & rewards of working together||"Everyone’s contribution counts!"|
|I ndividuals who develop self-confidence||"It’s all about having fun!"|
|C ommunicating in a universal language|
|Strike Up The Band,|
Tim Lautzenheiser"Everyone’s contribution counts!"