Whether you studied music as a child or are thinking about starting an instrument or voice as a beginner, Indian Hill Music School offers adult learners the opportunity to experience the joy of music and have fun doing it.
“Adult learners have unique needs,” says IHM Director of Education Michael Havay. “The balance of the social and educational aspect is very important to them.” He explains that many adults are looking for a community experience where they can connect and play together with others who share the same interest in music. On the other hand, those who are just beginning or coming back to an instrument require individual attention that won’t create a stressful experience. “Our caring faculty of professional teaching artists offer individual and group study designed to help adults discover their musical voice and attain their personal goals,” he adds.
“I’m very much enjoying my flute lessons at Indian Hill, and my wife Gail is taking drums,” says adult student Ray Lyons of Groton. “Our teachers are excellent, and practicing our instruments gives us both some healthy ‘me’ time. The Open House for Adult Learners is an excellent way to meet the teachers and get started.”
“I’d always heard that adults can’t learn [to play an instrument], but with the right attitude, and the right expectations, you can learn just as well as any of the kids can.”
George Allison of Westford, an adult jazz piano student and retired Navy officer, said: “When I retired and moved to this area a few years ago, I finally had enough time to learn to play the piano.” His search led him to Indian Hill, just a few miles from his home. Ten years later, Allison is still playing, and taking weekly lessons with jazz pianist and instructor Pamela Hines. “I’d always heard that adults can’t learn these things,” he says. “But with the right attitude, and the right expectations, you can learn just as well as any of the kids can.” He adds that “Indian Hill is a first-class facility with a great faculty that is doing good things for me.”
Indian Hill Music School offers private lessons and ensembles that meet diverse musical tastes, from classical to pop, rock, and jazz, and a variety of beginner, intermediate, or advanced classes and ensembles that include recorder, cello, harp, jazz and Big Band music, music theory, rock band and more. You can study at a relaxed pace, or pursue more rigorous training — you will be carefully matched to a teacher who can best help you achieve your goals.
Registration for lessons is ongoing. Financial aid is available for all programs. To learn more, call (978) 486-9524 (press 0) or visit www.indianhillmusic.org.