Adult Piano Lessons: Benefits and Advantages

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“Am I too old to begin adult piano lessons?” Many people ask the same question. The short and simple answer is:

Of course not, It's never too late! You can begin piano lessons as an adult, teenager or as a child- any age is fine.

In this article well look at both the benefits and advantages of learning piano as an adult. And, you know? It's quite a lot!

Do You Have To Be Very Young To Start Piano Lessons?

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

Unless you have aspirations to become a world-class famous piano virtuoso. Then as in any extremely competitive, athletic sport - the earlier you start in life, the better chances you have in the ever-increasing worldwide competition.

How much can you learn as an adult?

Well, that is up to you entirely. Both how hard you work and what your goals are. There are plenty of successful pianists, both professionals, and amateurs that started adult piano lessons as older beginners.

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 learning piano at 3, or take adult piano lessons at 90 - any age is fine!

Are you teaching yourself how to play piano?

Here is a piano resource for adult beginners, where you can learn to play piano chords and more at your own pace, at home: Piano For All

Doesn't it Take Longer For an Adult to Learn Piano?

Actually not.

Although a kid absorbs information quickly compared to an adult who usually reflects, questions, and analyzes more - an adult may still learn faster than a small child.

It also depends on what you would like to learn, how determined you are, and how much you practice. An adult chooses to start adult piano lessons by him/herself and has more motivation. An adult also has the patience to practice with more focus and for longer time intervals.

So, what are your goals?

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 play it better and better.

On the other hand, 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, pure stubbornness, discipline, your teacher and how you get along, the quality of your instrument, and much more.

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

But What If I Have No Talent For Music?

Learning piano as an adult

Everybody has some form of talent. Something we are really good at.

Traditionally the word talented has been used to sort up piano students with convenient labels. Like this is a talented student, or this one has no talent.

It is misleading for many reasons.

For example, one piano student may have superb eye-hand coordination and 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 finally, after learning to play the piece, is able to play it with superb expression and beauty- many times better than the other so called talented 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 many piano students with no obvious “talent”, but with dedication and willpower, turn into amazing musicians (amateur or professionals). As well as so called "talented” and even “prodigal” piano students who quit playing piano all together because it was boring to them.

However, comparably few piano beginners actually plan on becoming famous pianists.

Let's remember that as with any instrument, learning the piano is not just about making a career it's 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?

Learning an instrument is actually good for you! There are many benefits of learning to play the piano. Some of which are improving your:

  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Concentration
  • Memory development
  • Self-esteem
  • Discipline
  • Helps lower stress
  • Creative outlet
  • And learning piano is a fantastic 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.”


Starting adult piano lessons actually has quite a few advantages as well:

  • You chose to start piano lessons because you want to, not because someone else wants you to.
  • You can read, understand and apply instructions without a thousand reminders (like an average kid needs!).
  • You learn to read music faster than a kid.
  • Your hands will easier keep the cupped hand posture correctly as you play.
  • You will probably on your own enrich your studies by reading books, go to concerts, and watch educational videos and DVDs 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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