For adults with hectic schedules and limited free time, learning to play an instrument at this stage in their lives may seem like a pipe dream. Sure, it would be fun to fulfill that childhood dream of learning to play the piano or jam on the guitar, but other priorities such as work or family commitments often prevent many adults from leaping into music lessons with the same enthusiasm they might have felt at a younger age.
But if you have the passion and desire to play music, it’s never too late to get started with lessons; in fact, there are many positive benefits for adults who take music lessons, including the following:
–Music lessons help with job skills such as creative thinking, collaboration, social aptitude, expressive communication, and confidence.
–Music lessons provide a creative outlet that balances work life, family life, and personal time.
–Music lessons can help lower stress.
–Music lessons provide a way to be involved with others that share similar interests.
–Music lessons help seniors stay active, vibrant, and mentally sharp.
For adult students who are just beginning their musical journey, the process of learning to sing or play an instrument can certainly be daunting. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Keep expectations realistic. Regardless of whether or not you have ever played an instrument before, there will be a learning curve. Don’t expect to play like a pro straight away; instead, set realistic goals of milestones you’d like to achieve in the next week, month, and so on. Track your progress and make the necessary adjustments to ensure you are on track to meeting your goals.
Trust your teacher. Your teacher is there to help you reach your goals. More than likely, this person is a professional with many years of experience – take advantage of the fact that you are working with someone who is an expert at playing their instrument, and ask for their advice. In turn, your teacher should take the time to learn about you as a student, identifying your strengths and weaknesses and then tailoring each lesson to your needs.
Success takes time. We’ve all heard the phrase “practice makes perfect,” and if you want to master your instrument, you need to practice. This time commitment can be a deterrent for those with busy schedules, but you can still learn an instrument even if you don’t have much time to practice – just expect the process to take longer and your progress to be slower. As long as you stay focused and motivated, you will be able to achieve your goals.
TakeLessons offers music lessons for adults and students of all ages.
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