There’s a saying, ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.’ But, when it comes to playing music, is that true?
There have been numerous studies on mature first-time musicians, and the conclusion is this: when it comes to learning an instrument, there is no such thing as being too old.
Adult music lessons can result in confident, skilled musicians, according to Norman Weinberger, a neuroscientist at the University of California. ‘A lot of people believe the brain isn’t very plastic after puberty,’ comments Weinberger. ‘In fact, the brain maintains its ability to change. Is it as easy to learn something when you’re 65 as it is at 5? No. But can it be done? Yes.’
Benefits of Learning an Instrument as an Adult
There are, in fact, quite a few benefits of learning an instrument as an adult, so let’s take a look.
- Adults are more analytical than children, which mean they can more easily grasp musical theory and recognise patterns in compositions.
- For an aging brain, attending adult music lessons can help keep brain cells alive that would probably otherwise die.
- Usually, adults have greater self-control than children. This means they are more likely to practice on a daily basis.
- Unlike children, no one can force an adult to take up an instrument. If they choose to do so, it’s out of interest or passion, which will result in a more satisfying music career.
- Playing an instrument provides busy adults with the perfect opportunity to take time out from a hectic schedule, disconnect from technology, and focus on themselves.
Setbacks to Watch Out For
While there are some fantastic benefits of attending adult music lessons, there are some setbacks to watch out for.
Firstly, kids don’t have the same expectations as adults, who may think they’ll be good at playing music right away. Adults have a much greater fear of failure and don’t want to seem incompetent at a particular task, making them much more prone to frustration and giving up.
This frustration is inevitable, because it really is a little more difficult for adults to learn an instrument. Children are growing new brain cells all the time, and when they learn a new skill, new brain cells will become devoted to that particular skill. Adults don’t grow new brain cells, so they have to work with what they’ve got. This means forming new connections between cells.
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If you want to learn an instrument, don’t let your age set you back. With a good attitude and a little patience, you’ll be playing music in no time. We offer music lessons for every age group – from preschoolers to retirees. Get in contact on 02 9602 9774, or fill out the form at the top of this page. We’d love to hear from you.