Anyone can learn music at any age! And at NJIO, we have proof. We also have a welcoming, non-competitive environment to help you reach your goals.
Meet some of our members
Viola: Started age 57
Horn: Started age 60
Trombone: Started age 62
Gibert Leeds: "I never played any instrument or even knew how to read music until I was 40 when I picked up the violin. I’ve been playing for more than 30 years. By the time I’m 90 or so I’ll be passably good."
"I played the clarinet when I was 12 but stopped after high school.
I picked up the bassoon around the age of 68."
Michel and Sylvie Mesnier
"Michel started learning the cello at 60 yrs old and has been playing for about 5 years.
I, Sylvie started playing the Viola 4 years ago, at age 60 as well.
We had never played an instrument as children, but it was always a dream.
I play (badly) the piano that I started at 50 yrs old, but when we discovered NJIO, it was a revelation and I started learning a string instrument to participate in this great community.
We love it!"
"I started playing guitar in 2021. As someone who loves pop and rock music, I've always wished I could play the guitar but shied away from it because the learning curve seemed so steep at the beginning (those calluses!) In January 2021, my wife took a "guitar for music educators" course online. Listening to her practice, I was inspired by how quickly she was
making progress. I borrowed an instrument for a friend and started practicing and found that with a little dedication, I was able to get over that initial hump pretty quickly. Soon after, I found this Fender Telecaster and now it's my primary guitar."