It seems as though there is little hope for those who wish to learn piano later in life. After all, in the eyes of many professional musicians starting to learn the piano at the age of eight is considered ‘old’. While this may be the case in the professional world of piano, there are many benefits that come with starting piano lessons in your late teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond!
Benefit 1: You Want This
Many children who begin piano lessons as very young children are not necessarily there by choice. Musical education is very important for children, but four year olds don’t necessarily understand why it is that they have to practice! As an adult, you are choosing to take lessons because you want to. In fact, you want them enough to use your own hard-earned money to pay for them – that definitely adds motivation to practice.
Benefit 2: You Know How You Learn Best
Children who are learning the piano are often learning how to learn at the same time. As an adult you know how you learn best – the time of day you’re most alert, how long you can focus for, and what tricks help you to memorize notes and rules. This is a great benefit, as you’ll be able to have in-depth conversations with your teacher about learning strategies and put them into practice effectively.
Benefit 3: You Get to Play Songs You Love
As an adult with an interest in music you have almost definitely gathered an internal repertoire of songs (whether classical or modern) that you would love to be able to play. Having this ideal repertoire is an excellent motivator for lessons, and guarantees that you will always be working on something that you enjoy. This occurs less often for children who are generally playing songs that they don’t recognize or have any connection to.
Benefit 4: The Pressure’s Off!
One of the best parts about learning piano as an adult is that there isn’t any set path for your development as a musician. Instead of following a set course, you have the freedom to progress at your own pace without the expectation that you will achieve certain milestones by a specific age. You are already behind the age expected, so you might as well enjoy the freedom that this gives you to develop in whatever time frame suits you best!
Benefit 5: Music Opens Doors
Learning music as an adult is a great opportunity to meet new people and find yourself in new situations. Maybe your new piano skills will give you an opportunity to play for your best friend’s wedding, help out at a local church to play piano for the children’s choir, or perhaps a band needs someone to fill in for their keyboardist for a week. Combining the responsibility and respect that comes with adulthood with musical skill offers a lot of social and learning opportunities that you can easily take advantage of.
Even if you are not destined to become a concert pianist, there are a lot of other journeys that learning piano as an adult can take you on – and no matter which of these journeys you end up on, you are guaranteed to have a lot of fun along the way!