If you are looking to get playing right away, the New Horizons Band of North York is running a beginner class on Mondays, and they started February 6th. Classes are from 6:30-8:30pm. All instruments are needed at this point. Classes are held at Long & McQuade North York (on Steeles Ave W. just east of Keele St.).
For more info or to register call 416-721-2748 and ask for Susan.
Being a "Super-ager"!...
Music helps you to live a longer, healthier, happier life. It gives you a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Playing in a band fosters the retention of social skills, reducing isolation, self-discipline, sharing life with others.
Research shows that playing an instrument helps you to sharpen your memory, retain and even develop fine motor skills. It is a physical and mental work out. Playing also helps you to suppress depression and anxiety. But most of all, IT'S FUN!
A recent article in the NY Times suggests that (re)learning to play a musical instrument will go a long way to keeping your barin as sharp as a 25 year old's!!
"So, make a New Year’s resolution to take up a challenging activity...master a musical instrument. Work that brain. Make it a year to remember."
For the first time ever, our classes are full, BUT we would still love to hear from you and tell you more about upcoming opportunies. Click on theContact Us tab above, then fill-in the forma dn submit. We'll get back to you and let you know how you can get involved. In the meantime, check out our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page for lots more information about our program
New Horizons Bandof Toronto is a band program for mature adults, who wish to play a musical instrument in a friendly group environment.
We have band classes at three distinct levels: band classes for absolute beginners and those who want to re-connect with musical skills they haven't used in years, band classes for people who have been playing for a year or two, and band classes for those more experienced players who want to learn more about playing in a band while making new friends.
Each class meets once a week for two hours. We meet at a hall that is just a short walk from the Ossington station (Dovercourt and Bloor West).
"Being in a band has been on my bucket list for over a decade. When I saw the notice for the New Horizons Band at Long and McQuade, I signed up on the spot. The band is such fun and band night is now definitely my favourite night of the week!" - Jane
"Who knew that the challenges of learning to play music again after 40 some years would be so much fun? " - Michele
"Your best is good enough!", Dr. Roy Ernst, Prof. Eastman School of Music, founder of the New Horizons Band Organization
LEARNING, LIVING, LAUGHING
You won't only be learning to play an instrument, you'll be meeting and making new friends to play with, in and out of the band room. Making music is important, but that's not all you'll do! (learn more)