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Adults With Little or No Musical Experience Invited to Join New Horizons Band at the Indiana State University Community School of the Arts

Fill your life with music, new friends, fun, and accomplishment. Learn to play music in a band even if you have no musical experience! For adults 25 years of age and older.

Playing music is a special joy and it will help you maintain mental and physical health. It is also a way of experiencing life: playing music from the past keeps us in touch with those feelings; daily practice keeps us active in the present; and striving for new goals attaches us to the future. One band member describes it as “serious fun.”

As a member of the Community School of the Arts New Horizons Band, you will meet new friends and work with them as a team to learn music for concerts and other performances in the community. New Horizons ensembles typically perform many times each year in venues ranging from formal concerts to parks and other community locations. Adults with little or no musical background can learn to read music, play an instrument, and join others who are taking the same steps.

It’s Easy and Fun!

As an adult, you have advantages that will help you learn music. If you played an instrument in school years ago, you will be amazed at how much you remember and how quickly you will be able to play again. Even if you’ve never played music, you are already familiar with the sound of a lot of the music that will be included in your early instruction.

Most adults are more motivated, self-disciplined, and have more time to practice than their younger counterparts. If you attend lessons and practice, you’ll be playing music before you know it! From then on, it’s even more fun to play with others in classes, chamber music groups, bands, and orchestras.

In one study, nearly everyone who participated in New Horizons Music felt that their accomplishments met or exceeded their expectations.

Getting Started

The first step in getting started is attending our informational meeting at which all of your questions will be answered by our New Horizons director, Norman Hanson. You will also have a chance to meet some of the other people who will be participating. If you are not able to attend that meeting, contact the Community School of the Arts at (812) 237-2575 with whatever questions you have and plan to be at the first class.

FREE Information Day 

When: Monday, August 11 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts, room 159.
Parking: Free after 5:00 p.m.on any Indiana State student or staff parking lot. Daytime parking passes available for $1.00 per semester.

Norm Hanson, Music Director of the CSA New Horizons Band will be present to answer any questions you may have. There will be music demonstrations by School of Music students. Paige's Music will provide sample band instruments for you to try. Refreshments will be served. Please R.S.V.P. by calling (812) 237-2528. 

Obtaining an Instrument

Use Your Own

If you already have an instrument, be sure to take it into a repair shop to make sure that it is in excellent working condition. Some music students become frustrated because they try to learn on an instrument that no one can play.

Rent an Instrument

The CSA, through Paige’s Music, offers an easy and affordable rent-to-own program. There is no long- term obligation so you can rent your instrument until you own it, or until you return it, it is up to you. While you are renting an instrument from Paige’s Music, all repairs and maintenance are included at no additional cost. Contact the CSA office for further details.

Buy an Instrument

Once you’re certain of the instrument you’d like to play, purchase it at Paige’s Music or at one of your local music stores. It is recommended that you learn the basics on a particular instrument before making a purchase.