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“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


Judge Blanche M. Manning, retired federal judge and lifelong saxophonist, is featured in MAKING TIME FOR MAKING MUSIC.

“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


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Michelle Billingsley, executive assistant and guitarist, is featured in MAKING TIME FOR MAKING MUSIC.

“Amy Nathan has written an engaging and lively book that strongly supports what millions of choral singers have learned: making music together makes our lives better. Making Time for Making Music will serve as great encouragement and a helpful resource to lifelong-learners who wish to enrich their lives through the awesome power of making music.”
– Catherine Dehoney, President and CEO, Chorus America


Sarah Muffly, educational data specialist and a choral singer (second from left), is featured in MAKING TIME FOR MAKING MUSIC, shown here with the Young New Yorkers' Chorus.

“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


“Amy Nathan once again opens up the world of music to make it more accessible to more people. This book, by focusing on real stories, challenges, and benefits adults have faced keeping and bringing music into their lives, demonstrates how music is for all—at any level, at any point in life. Makes me want to get my flute out!”
– Erika S. Floreska, Executive Director, Bloomingdale School of Music, NYC


Alecia Watson, program analyst, who came back to violin in her 30s and is concertmaster for the Sanctified Symphony of Alfred Street Baptist Church of Alexandria, VA

The late Fritz Lustig, accountant and lifelong cellist, was age 96 and still playing chamber music regularly when he filled out his questionnaire for MAKING TIME FOR MAKING MUSIC. In the book is a photo of him at age 20, shortly after he escaped—with his cello—from Germany in 1939 and was soon playing chamber music in the UK.

Ivy Bookshop event for MAKING TIME FOR MAKING MUSIC with two Baltimore-area avocational musicians (who are featured in the book) playing some Bach—Liz Sogge and John Warshawsky—showing that it is indeed possible for busy adults to fit music-making into their lives.

MAKING TIME FOR MAKING MUSIC: How to Bring Music into Your Busy Life

“It’s as though I’ve reconnected with a part of my soul that had been missing for all these years,” says an arts consultant, describing her return to cello after putting cello aside for 32 years. She is one of the many non-pro music-makers who share how they make time for music in the new book: "MAKING TIME FOR MAKING MUSIC: How to Bring Music into Your Busy Life"



“Some people jog, do yoga, or meditate. I play music. For the two hours a week when I’m at rehearsal for community band, I get a break from the challenges of being an adult— work, children, bills. For that two hours, the stress melts away and I feel refreshed,” says a lifelong bassoonist, nurse practitioner, and mom to two toddlers who describes how she manages to make time for music in "MAKING TIME FOR MAKING MUSIC."


“It is a glorious experience to be part of a larger whole and hear us playing music that I have enjoyed listening to others play. A dream come true. Music-making touches my deepest soul,” says a psychotherapist who didn't start learning to play cello until her mid-60s. She is another of the busy adults who share their stories in "MAKING TIME FOR MAKING MUSIC."


Politics and Prose event for MAKING TIME FOR MAKING MUSIC, with performance by two avocational musicians featured in the book: Julia Moline and David Brown

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, but aren't sure how to get started?

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 also from dozens of music educators, health care professionals, and music researchers who point out that making music can be good for your health, this book offers inspiration and tried-and-true strategies for anyone who wishes to return to music-making or begin as an adult. (Plus, here's a tip that may help you decide to take the plunge: Recitals are optional for adults!)


Mark Dalrymple, software developer and member of many musical ensembles, who tells how he makes time to fit everything into his busy life in MAKING TIME FOR MAKING MUSIC.

-- Presents a comprehensive view of what it's like to be an amateur musician
-- Offers valuable advice from a wide range of amateur musicians in a variety of genres
-- Contains insights and advice from dozens of music and health-care professionals
-- Features an extensive resource list of websites, organizations, and summer programs


Ted Dawson (right), resource room teacher and guitarist, is featured in MAKING TIME FOR MAKING MUSIC, shown here with a jug band that won a Battle of the Jug Bands.

Carol Katz, retired special education teacher who plays guitar and percussion, is featured in MAKING TIME FOR MAKING MUSIC.

Musicians shown on the book's cover are all featured in MAKING TIME FOR MAKING MUSIC: Colleen Schoneveld, dressmaker and costumer who started violin in her 40s; David Robinson, a lawyer who returned to saxophone fairly recently; Elaine Lee Paoliello, a medical writer who sings in an auditioned chorus.

Dr. Gene Beresin (at the piano) and the band he founded—Pink Freud and the Transitional Object—made up of fellow child psychiatrists. The band performs at medical conferences. Two other psychiatrists in the band are also featured in MAKING TIME FOR MAKING MUSIC: Dr. Jeff Bostic and Dr. Brad Reddick.