Making Time for Making Music: How to Bring Music into Your Busy Life

Making Time for Making Music: How to Bring Music into Your Busy Life

by Amy Nathan

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Overview

Are you a former music-maker who yearns to return to music, but aren't sure where to begin? Or are you a person who never played music as a child but you are now curious about trying? You're not alone. Many adults who used to play an instrument haven't touched it in years because either they can't find the time to practice, are afraid their skills are too rusty, or are unsure of what kind of group they could join. Others are afraid to sing or start playing an instrument because they received negative feedback from childhood experiences. Performing, practicing, and composing music may seem like unattainable goals with insurmountable obstacles for busy adults with non-musical careers.

Making Time for Making Music can help adults find ways to make music part of their lives. The first book of its kind, it is filled with real-life success stories from more than 350 adults who manage to fit music-making into their jam-packed schedules. They polished rusty skills, found musical groups to join, and are having a great time. Their testimonies prove that you are never too old to learn to make music, and that there are numerous musical paths to explore. Featuring advice from dozens of music educators, health care professionals, and music researchers who point out that making music can even be good for your health as well as an extensive resource list of websites, organizations, and summer programs, this book offers inspiration and tried-and-true strategies for anyone who wishes to return to music-making or begin as an adult.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190611590
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Amy Nathan, an amateur pianist and choral singer, is an award-winning author of nonfiction books for adults and young people, including two music books for Oxford University Press: The Music Parents' Survival Guide: A Parent-to-Parent Conversation and The Young Musician's Survival Guide. Other books include: Meet the Musicians, Meet the Dancers, Round and Round Together, Yankee Doodle Gals, Count On Us, Take a Seat-Make A Stand, and The Kids' Allowance Book. A graduate of Harvard with masters' degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Columbia's Teachers College, she is the mother of two musical sons: her older son is composer Eric Nathan; her younger son is a saxophone-playing political scientist.

Table of Contents

1. A Lifelong Passion
2. The Benefits of Keeping on with Music
3. Making Music All Along
4. Returning to Music-Making
5. Trying Something New
6. Making Time
7. Instructional Options
8. Smart Practice
9. Making Music with Others
10. Performing
11. Giving Back, Playing Forward

About the Advice Panel
Bibliography
Resources
Author's Note
Acknowledgements
Credits
Index

What People are Saying About This

Through the Eyes of Women Radio, KHSU, NPR in Northern California - Brenda Starr

“Making Time For Making Music-How To Bring Music Into Your Busy Life helps busy adults figure out how to make music by singing in choirs and choruses or playing instruments in ensembles large and small, or even practicing solo at home —and discovering the joy and sense of community that comes from expanding their lives with music.”

ACMP, Associated Chamber Music Players - Jennifer Clarke

“Making Time for Making Music: How to Bring Music into Your Busy Life is packed with stories of adult musicians’ journeys back to music playing. Nathan's book tells of the benefits of music engagement as well as the many barriers that players overcome to enjoy playing music in adult life.”

From the Publisher

“Making Time for Making Music: How to Bring Music into Your Busy Life is a fascinating collection of stories from hundreds of people about their relationships with music. . . . a book that proves the importance of keeping music in our lives and the importance of chasing our dreams.”
— Dellan Stokesbary, Local Exposure,WVXU, Cincinnati Public Radio

“Making Time for Making Music: How to Bring Music into Your Busy Life is packed with stories of adult musicians’ journeys back to music playing. Nathan's book tells of the benefits of music engagement as well as the many barriers that players overcome to enjoy playing music in adult life.”
— Jennifer Clarke, ACMP, Associated Chamber Music Players

“Making Time For Making Music-How To Bring Music Into Your Busy Life helps busy adults figure out how to make music by singing in choirs and choruses or playing instruments in ensembles large and small, or even practicing solo at home —and discovering the joy and sense of community that comes from expanding their lives with music.”
— Brenda Starr, Through the Eyes of Women Radio, KHSU, NPR in Northern California

“ ‘Making Time for Music: How to Bring Music Into Your Busy Life,’ by Amy Nathan (Oxford University Press, 2018, 280 pages, $24.95). Great resource to get grown-ups inspired to begin or renew a love of music. The book includes a comprehensive reference section, as well. . . . Now go play.”— Wacky Mommy Blog, wackymommy.org

Local Exposure,WVXU, Cincinnati Public Radio - Dellan Stokesbary

“Making Time for Making Music: How to Bring Music into Your Busy Life is a fascinating collection of stories from hundreds of people about their relationships with music. . . . a book that proves the importance of keeping music in our lives and the importance of chasing our dreams.”

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