Learning an instrument as an adult is a fun, fascinating, and sometimes challenging experience. I admire anyone who pursues what makes them happy, and that certainly extends to learning an instrument as an adult. While a child usually has a caretaker who brings them to lessons, reminds them to practice, and encourages them, as adults, we sometimes have only ourselves to rely on to remain on the path of learning.
Adult students can be inspired to take lessons for any number of reasons:
To refresh and build on childhood lessons.
To play their favorite music.
For meditative benefits.
For mental and emotional benefits.
As a fun, new, social hobby.
There is one significant advantage to learning as an adult: you know yourself better. That means that you understand what you want, what interests you, and what you’re habits are like – these all play a role in developing with an instrument.
Some adult students may find that metaphors help them become more involved in a piece, while others may prefer a more analytical approach. Some thrive off of a very structured practice regimen, others prefer a freer, more exploratory approach.
As a teacher, I value getting to know the personalities and interests of each student. Relating to students from different backgrounds – and with different learning styles – deepens and expands my teaching.
Aligning with my students’ goals and motivations is very important to me.
If you’re considering lessons as an adult or have any questions, feel free to contact me.