A common myth about playing a musical instrument is that you have to start playing when you?re young.? This is actually far from the truth.? Adults are just as capable of learning to play an instrument as children are.? Here are some common reasons why adults are wary of taking music lessons:
No Time to Practice Finding time to take lessons or practice an instrument can be a problem for both adults and children, but you probably have more time to practice than you think.? After work while dinner is in the oven or your kids are doing homework, you can probably squeeze in a little bit of practice time.? You don?t have to set aside a solid hour of practice time per day, just play when you have a few spare minutes.? As long as you?re getting in the practice, it doesn?t matter if you?re playing straight for an hour or 15 minutes here and there.
No Experience It?s never too late.? Many people find an interest in learning to play an instrument later in life; it?s a great hobby to pick up.? It?s no more difficult for an adult to learn to play an instrument than it is for a child.? The reason people think it?s easier for children is because children don?t have the responsibilities that adults have.? Children are able to focus solely on music for an hour of lessons, while an adult?s mind may stray to other tasks they have to complete that night.? The main thing adults need to focus on is concentrating on learning the instrument and practicing.? Other than that, there is no scientific evidence that children are more capable of learning to play an instrument.
Learning to play an instrument can be a great escape for an adult where they can let go of all their worries and only focus on the music.? Many adults have always wanted to take music lessons and now might be the right time to actually do it.
Determination While kids usually have to be persuaded to attend music lessons and practice their instrument, adults are motivated and want to learn.? If an adult is taking music lessons then it is because they have a passion and want to learn to play this instrument.? This makes music lessons more enjoyable for the student and the teacher.? Adults also have a much higher attention span than children which makes it easier for them to practice for long periods of time.
Understanding Adults can learn complex concepts and understand technical definitions better than children can which makes it easier to learn.? Understanding how music works and music theory is an interesting part of music that shows another side to music that children might not be able to grasp yet.? Adults are often more interested in the background of music than children are as well.? Understanding music concepts is essential to learning and this is one area that adults can learn much easier than children.
Reading Some children start music lessons as early as 4 years old, before they are even able to read, which makes it hard to use basic teaching methods.? Adults can already read letters and numbers, so teachers are able to dive right in with reading music and teaching how to play the instrument.
Bonding If your child is already learning to play an instrument, then practicing together can be a great way to spend some time together.? Even if you?re learning to play different instruments, you can still take time to show each other something new that you?ve learned (and hey it?s practice too).