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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

“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

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

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.

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.

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


Are you a former music-maker who yearns to return to music, but aren't sure where to begin? 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 in front of an audience, no matter how small, because they received negative feedback from childhood instructors. 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, this book offers inspiration and tried-and-true strategies for anyone who wishes to return to music-making or begin as an adult.

Mark Dalrymple, software developer and member of many musical ensembles, featured 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.