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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

Tom Williams. 

Viola: Started age 57

Horn: Started age 60


Trombone: Started age 62

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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."


Cecilia Sweeney.

"I played the clarinet when I was 12 but stopped after high school.

I picked up the bassoon around the age of 68."

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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!"


Nick Mayer

"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."

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