Working with adult musicians is something I thoroughly enjoy. The challenges are different to working with children. Time pressures to practice are different and the desire to improve at lightning speed are also factors.
About a third of my students are adults. Some started piano with me, some returned to music after a break, and one who is picking up a new instrument. I am working on a huge variety of music- classical from beginner to performance Diploma Level, Theory exams, Rock and Pop and duets with them.
It is never too late to take up learning music. The advantage of being an adult beginner is that your reading and comprehension skills are advanced. For an adult to be learning, they are committed to the cause and have made the decision to give it a go!
Adults who have played piano as children take up lessons with a new approach. The reading they did as a child starts to return and it is rewarding seeing adults grow to love playing again.
My take on being an adult learner
- Take some time to figure out what style you really want to play- is it classical, pop, rock? Some people don’t even really want to learn to read music but to improvise chords and learn to play basic melodies, I can teach that too. I am also happy to talk with you to help you make the decision.
- Being an adult, you’re used to figuring things out on your own, but if you are a beginner this is likely to be an entirely new skill set. There is no shame to be a beginner – or to return to music after a long break, and often returning as an adult means a hunger to succeed differently than as a child. It may be that you have engaged a teacher as a mentor, and you want to return to music as a hobby or a way to relax. That’s totally fine too.
- I personally reach out to other musicians for feedback and guidance and so do the world’s greatest. We all need a “go to” to help us improve!
- Finally, be patient. There is a lot going on in the brain when playing.
As an adult progress can sometimes take longer to get to the skill level you want. This is normal, simply because of newness (or the time away from playing). It’s no different than learning a new language or a martial art etc. It takes practice and patience to become skilled and to notice your growth.
Most of all have fun with it! Be patient with yourself. Being willing to accept some guidance and planning your time to practice will help you to become a better musician.