Have you ever thought about playing the piano?
On almost a daily basis I interact with adults who express interest in the fact that I teach piano lessons. It’s very common for them to tell me that they’ve always wanted to play the piano or that they wished they had stuck with it as a kid.
But, then they usually go on to tell me reasons why the can’t learn the piano at this stage of their life. They’re not talented enough. They’re worried they won’t be very good at it. They’re not interested in playing in front of other people. They don’t think they have time. They’re not musical.
I can understand all of these hesitations, and I can see why adults with limited time and many responsibilities are careful not to overcommit themselves. However, it’s time to dispel many of the uncertainties that arise surrounding adult piano lessons.
I help adults enjoy and succeed with the piano everyday. Adults are the perfect candidates to learn the piano because they are self-motivated and conscientious. A desire to learn and interest in making music is all you need to get started.
If you’ve ever had that yearning to learn the piano, here are 8 reasons to turn off your doubts and give it a try.
(If you’re eager to get started, check out my online course, Beginning Piano For Adults.)
Playing music is incredibly fun and satisfying. Even the most simple songs feel good to play. Learning the piano gives you a new hobby for the rest of your life. Any piano player will tell you that it’s almost impossible to walk past a piano without stopping to play something – it’s kind of addictive to learn something on the piano, then play it over and over! Imagine having something in your home that will provide you with endless entertainment. And, it’s much more satisfying and productive than hanging out with your Netflix account.
It doesn’t require any special skills or talent.
A lot of adults have trouble believing this, but really anyone can play the piano. All of the skills needed to learn the piano can be acquired at any age. Of course, someone with a gift for playing the piano by ear will seem to learn quickly. But, this is no reason for everyone else not to learn.
Most successful musicians were not born with any special gifts or talents for music. Instead, they were determined, worked hard and saw results. I see this over and over with my piano students of all ages. The ones who put in the hours do well with the piano.
Henry Ford’s quote “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re probably right.” is true here. If you have made up your mind that you can’t learn the piano, you probably won’t get very far with it. But, if you’re willing to give it a try, there’s a good chance you can succeed at the piano.
It’s good for your brain.
Every adult should be concerned about keeping their mind sharp for the long term. Playing the piano is the perfect way to stay on top of this.
Learning music is all about patterns, repetition, coordination, and tapping into your senses. These are all things that experts recommend for adults to maintain mental acuity.
Learning something new is one of the best ways to keep your mind active. And, practicing your new skill on a regular basis is what will help you for the long term.
Once you’ve made your initial investment in a piano, there’s no excuse not to use it everyday. It’s at your house waiting for you. Unlike many other hobbies like joining a gym or playing golf, tennis or card games, playing the piano is completely free and on your own terms.
Many of my adults piano students report that playing the piano is how they unwind from their busy schedule. It’s a great way to relax, take your mind off of your responsibilities and enjoy the moment.
Making music is soothing and pleasant. It gives you a chance to escape life, create beautiful sounds and care for your emotions and mental health.
Any musician will tell you that the feeling of getting lost in the moment while playing music is magical. It can’t be replicated with any other activity. It’s truly as though nothing else matters except the notes and your intimate connection with them.
It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.
Most piano lessons for kids place a heavy emphasis on performing and meeting high standards. It’s common to evaluate student progress through formal recitals, music theory exams and competitions. These events that are no big deal to kids seem stressful for many adults. A lot of adults assume that this is the only way to learn piano and that these practices follow students into adulthood. This is the biggest myth about playing the piano.
Performance and evaluation are not the end goal of adult piano lessons. Adults are never expected to perform in a recital or play for others, unless they just want to.
Your piano practice is just for you. Nobody cares if you make a mistake or if you don’t sound like a pro. A piano hobby can be treated like any other hobby such as yoga, knitting, tennis, or photography. You get out of it what you put into it. Nobody is keeping tabs on you, your progress or your skill level. The only thing that matters is your own satisfaction with your experience.
It’s challenging and rewarding.
It’s easy to see playing the piano as arriving at an end result. You may have heard a pianist play something impressive or beautiful and thought to yourself, “I wish I could do that someday.”
Once you embark on your journey of trying to replicate what inspired you to learn the piano, you’ll discover a wonderful series of challenges and rewards. And, you’ll quickly learn that the process of learning the piano is equally satisfying as completing a goal or learning something you thought you could never do.
Like everything, learning the piano will include frustrating moments. You’ll likely feel discouraged or start to doubt yourself at some point. But, persistence always wins. If you keep at it, you will improve and you’ll begin to enjoy the cycles of frustration that always lead to more satisfying results.
It’s a personal development activity.
Playing the piano is not just about the notes. In addition to learning music, you’ll also learn and practice a host of other skills that apply to every area of your life. Discipline, persistence, a strong work ethic, critical thinking, artistic expression, self-awareness – these are just a handful of all of the benefits that you gain from learning the piano.
It connects you to the arts.
Every person possesses some level of creativity, whether they realize it or not. Learning the piano is a gateway to the the arts and it allows you to tap into your creative side. Playing the piano is equal parts technical precision and creative expression. Learning the piano helps you draw parallels between music and other art forms. It allows you express your creativity and you’ll experience a new richness and beauty to life.
It connects you to other people.
Even if you never have any intention of playing the piano for other people, you will still be able to experience a connection to other musicians and music enthusiasts. You now have something new in common with a new circle of people. You’ll find communities of people that form around an interest in music. You’ll develop a new vocabulary and a new perspective that will help you relate to even more people.
Give it a try.
Are you convinced? You have nothing to lose by trying out the piano, but so much to gain!
I always advocate for adult students to find an excellent teacher in their area. One-on-one attention is the best and most efficient way to make progress at the piano.
However, in my years of teaching adult piano students, I’ve discovered that private lessons simply don’t work in many circumstances. You might live an area without a piano teacher. Or, your busy, unpredictable schedule might prevent you from making a weekly commitment. Things like travel, caring for family members or work schedules can make it really difficult to be consistent with prescheduled piano lessons.
I was determined to find a way to make piano lessons work for any adult in any situation, so I spent months developing Beginning Piano For Adults, an online piano course. I wanted to bring piano into the life of any adult open to learning the piano. I wanted to make sure that learning piano was accessible to adults in any situation.
My goal when creating Beginning Piano For Adults was to replicate the in-studio experience that the adult students in my piano studio have. We have a conversational approach to lessons, we adapt to individual progress and goals and we keep things light-hearted and enjoyable.
There are plenty of apps and automated learning programs that you could learn piano with, but I saw a need to keep the personal connection between the teacher and the student in online piano lessons.
When you sign up for Beginning Piano For Adults, you’ll feel like you’re stepping into my piano studio each week. The course is broken into 8 lessons and each lesson represents the same material that you would likely learn in a 30-minute private lesson.
Each lesson builds upon the next, but you have no obligation to move forward until you feel confident with the previous lesson. You could spend multiple weeks on one lesson. If you miss a week, just pick up where you left off. You’ll have lifetime access to the course, so you’re under no time constraints and you can refer back to the material as often as you would like.
I place a heavy emphasis on playing for fun and one way that you’ll do that in the course is by learning to play the piano along with beautifully orchestrated audio files. These audio files give life to your music. They represent all styles of music from peaceful, lyrical ballades to upbeat, exciting rock-inspired tunes. By the end of 8 weeks, you’ll have played 25 fun, original songs and gain a strong musical foundation.
Most importantly, I don’t want you to feel like you’re alone in your learning process. As you are learning, you’ll have access to me, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, to ask questions and to get support and feedback.
You’ll also be welcome to join Piano With Megan, an online community for adult piano students. This is a friendly, welcoming and non-judgmental group where adults can learn from me and from each other.
If you’re not sure if this course is for you, try out Your First Piano Lesson for free!
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