Music helps you to live a longer, healthier, happier life. Playing in a band fosters social skills, reduces isolation, strengthens self-discipline and helps people share life with others.
Research shows that playing an instrument helps you to sharpen your memory and retain and even develop fine motor skills. It is a physical and mental workout that helps suppress anxiety and depression. Most of all, IT'S FUN!
ANew York Times article (December 2016) suggested that (re)learning to play a musical instrument will go a long way to keeping your brain as sharp as when you were 25!
"So, for 2018 make a resolution to take up a challenging activity...master a musical instrument! Work that brain and make it a year to remember."
Learning, Living, Laughing
You won't only learn to play an instrument; you'll be meeting and making new friends in and out of the band room. Making music is important, but that's not all you'll do!
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 classes at four distinct levels: band classes for absolute beginners and those who want to reconnect with musical skills they haven't used in years, band classes for people who have been playing for a year or two, and classes for 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. The rehearsal hall is a short walk from the Ossington station (Dovercourt and Bloor West).
If you would like to be "in the loop", send us a "contact me" form. Or, register for classes beginning in September. (Find out more at our FAQ page)
Want us to perform at your event? Fill out our booking form.
New Horizons Band of Toronto is a member of the New Horizons International Music Association. That movement was founded more than two decades ago by Roy Ernst. Dr. Ernst is professor emeritus at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.
Membership in the international support group provides many benefits. In September 2017, more than a dozen players spent a week at a New Horizons camp at the Orford Music Centre near Sherbrooke, Quebec. The Montreal N.H. band was the sponsor. It was the first ever New Horizons camp in Canada.
And I quote...
"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, professor emeritus, Eastman School of Music, and founder of the New Horizons Band Organization.