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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000461.txt from 2002/02

From: "M.Q. Fallaw" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Elderly Begiinner?
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 21:20:53 -0500

In the USA there are apparently a number of thriving programs for senior
adults who want to learn to play band instruments and play with a group.
Some go under the name of New Horizons Band(s). For starters, have a look
at this web page (and then wander around further on it).
There is also some information on the Eastman School website:
Other information might also be found with some serious web-searching.

Also, though I may be wrong, I vaguely remember some discussion of the
topic on either the "Community Music" mailing list (which is archived and
can be searched) and/or the home page for that listserv:

I wouldn't be surprised to learn that there are similar programs in the UK
(though would have to hope that they aren't brass-band oriented).


--- Rupert Kahn <> wrote:
> As a returner to the clarinet I have really appreciated some of the
> comments
> about how approach this. But I have a question on someone elses behalf.
> I know an old gentleman who recently lost his wife after about fifty
> years
> of marriage. He is well into his 70s and has a deep love of music. He
> is,
> understandably devastated, and struggling to find something to fill his
> life. He has expressed an interest in learning a musical instrument and
> the
> clarinet in particular.
> I'm sure he's not alone in wanting to begin a musical instrument at this
> stage in his life and I wonder are there organizations or individuals
> (especially in the UK) with experience in meeting such needs.
> Rupert Kahn
> Sheffield
> UK

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