Adult Piano Lessons: Benefits and Advantages

“Am I too old to begin adult piano lessons?” The answer is: “Of course not!" You can begin piano lessons as an adult, teenager or as a child- any age is fine.

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Don't You Have To Be Very Young To Start Piano Lessons?

Adult Piano Lessons: Benefits and Advantages

No. It's a myth that you have to be very young to be able to start piano lessons and learn how to play the piano.

(Unless you're hoping to become a world class famous virtuoso, then as in any extremely competitive, athletic sport- the earlier you start in life, the better chances you have in the ever increasing world wide competition.)

There are plenty successful pianists, both professionals and amateurs that started adult piano lessons as an older beginner. So let’s just dispel this myth once and for all: You are never too old to learn to play the piano!

You can start taking piano lessons at 90 or 3 - any age is fine! How much can you learn? Well, that is up to you entirely. Both how hard you work and what your goals are.

Does It Take Longer For an Adult to Learn Piano?

Actually not. As a grown up you usually learn faster than a small child. It also depends on what you would like to learn, how determined you are to learn, and how much you practice.

What are your goals?

Learning to play the piano well is a never ending quest. Even the greatest pianists would never call themselves “ready”. A lifetime is not enough!

“Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.” Sergei Rachmaninov

Let’s say your goal is to play “Fur Elise” by L. van Beethoven. This might take you a few hours (the first part only) or a couple of years. Even if you learn the piece very quickly, you might polish it over the years and you will play it better and better.

If your goal is to play Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto with a major orchestra you have to work very hard for many years, have an unusual aptitude for the instrument, study with the right teachers and have the right connections.

To learn to play well depends on many factors.

Your aptitude (how easily you take on a new skill) for music and piano playing, dedication, stubbornness, discipline, your teacher and how you get along, the quality of your instrument, and much more.

But What If I Have No Talent For Music?

Learning piano as an adult

Everybody has some form of “talent”, something they are really good at.

Traditionally the word “talented” has often been used to sort up piano students with convenient labels, like; "he is talented", "she has no talent".

It is misleading for many reasons.

For example, a student may have a superb “eye-hand coordination” and very easily grasp sight reading. So it seems that the student learns unusually fast and well. Label: Talented.

Another student struggles with the same issues, (Label: Not talented) but when finally learning to play the piece plays it with superb expression and beauty- many times better than the other student.

It is true that some people (regardless of age) just seem to learn piano faster than others. However, this does not ensure that they will become successful pianists!

I have seen too many piano students with no particular “talent” but with an enormous dedication and willpower (read "stubborn"!) become successful musicians (amateur or professionals) as well as “talented” and even “prodigal” piano students who quit playing piano all together.

However, comparably few piano beginners actually plan on becoming famous pianists. Learning the piano is not just about making a career, it is so much more.

Mr. Shinichi Suzuki, the man behind the "Suzuki method" believed that learning music and studying an instrument makes you better as a person. I agree. It enriches your life in a way that nothing else can.

“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” Shinichi Suzuki

What Are The Benefits Of Adult Piano Lessons?

There are many benefits of learning to play piano. Some of which are improving your:

  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Concentration
  • Memory development
  • Self esteem
  • Discipline
  • Helps lower stress
  • Creative outlet
  • And it is a great exercise for both the muscles and the brain.

Advantages Of Adult Piano Lessons

“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.” Plato

Starting adult piano lessons actually has quite a few advantages:

  • You chose it because you want to, not because someone else want you to.
  • You can read, understand and apply instructions without a thousand reminders (as an average kid needs!).
  • You learn faster.
  • Your hands will easier hold the “cupped” and correct hand posture as you play.
  • You will probably on your own enrich your studies by reading books, watching educational video's, DVD’s and concerts about piano playing.
  • You know what you want; what music you like, and what piano pieces you would like to learn.

Finally, let’s not forget that all the benefit’s and advantages of adult piano lessons aside, playing the piano and making music …

- who needs any other reason than that, really? 

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