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  • Writer's pictureBurdett Rice

Is it Hard To Start Piano at an Older Age

Being indoors more has caused many people of mature age to explore new hobbies and forms of creativity. Beginning a new hobby, like piano playing for instance, can be challenging at any age but especially for people of an older age. When we are children, our brains are more absorbent to new skills. As adults, we have experienced so much that it may take a little more for new skills to stick. One of the benefits of learning to play piano at an older age is it stimulates brain activity. Reading sheet music or playing songs by memory exercises comprehension skills and improves memory.

Why is it hard to learn piano at an older age

Mainly, it comes down to free time. When it comes to playing piano, younger people may be physically quicker while learning. This is mainly due to the time that younger people have available to devote to practicing. In the beginner stages, older people may take a little longer to hit the keys the way they want. But on the flip side, consistently practicing is a form of exercise. This consistent practice will lead to increased playing speed as well as benefit your general health. Due to the increased attention span of older adults, your age could actually be a benefit to playing more fluently faster than younger students.

How Piano can be rewarding

Yes, learning to play piano as an adult can be rewarding in various ways. You will feel a sense of accomplishment to tackle a new skill. If you are confident enough it could be fun to show off your new piano skills for your family and friends. And if you are serious about the piano, playing could lead to a new source of income. Many piano students become piano teachers or perform or record music.

Tips for making a plan for piano lessons

Regardless of your piano goals, here are some tips for beginning piano lessons at an older age:

1. Select an instructor that has experience teaching older students, not just children. Some instructors are happy to teach adults instead of children because adults have better focus and attention span. Plus, parents interfering with classes are not a factor when teaching adult students.

2. Do hand exercises before playing. Exercising your hands makes them more flexible and increases the flood of blood circulation.

3. Be realistic and patient with yourself. You will not learn everything overnight. Be consistent but don’t burn yourself out. Schedule classes that allow you to balance your life’s schedule and learning comfortably.

4. Have fun! Music is meant to be enjoyed. Enjoy yourself while becoming a musician.

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