Taking music lessons as an adult can feel like a daunting task but one well worth bearing through the initial hesitation. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to play the violin or find yourself wanting to pick up the guitar, or maybe you would like to revisit a childhood passion of piano lessons. Regardless of the case, there may be more incentive than you would think.
Learning an instrument as a child is a very different experience than learning one as an adult. As a child the choice of instrument may not always be ours to make. The satisfaction of a routine practice may not come as easily. Coordination isn’t always a child’s strong suit. As an adult the progress we wish to see may not come as quickly as it has in times past, but the control is entirely held by the adult student. In many ways, adults accept full responsibility for their practice hours and diligence. If a family member is sick and lessons fall behind, a teacher is generally more understanding of adult students, since their “real life” responsibilities are greater than those of a young child.
One of the biggest obstacles starting a new instrument as an adult, is being an adult. Realistically adjusting our expectations for achievement is essential. There are many responsibilities that adults manage every day, that taking up a hobby for the pleasure of it can feel luxurious. Rome wasn’t built in a day and disappointment in progress can be disastrous. The reality is everyone starts somewhere and starting today is further progress made since the day before. Practice, patience, and the help of a good teacher will yield the results you desire.
If learning an instrument is something you’ve set your mind on, there should be little that can hold you back from your choice and with good reason. Learning an instrument helps your memory. Compared with people who don’t play an instrument musicians have a better memory. Studies also show that it can help lower blood pressure along with stress! The benefits of learning an instrument only go on but you have to start somewhere.
Omaha School of Music and Dance offers a wide selection of classes in either a private or group setting. Our vibrant and engaging teachers will sure to be able to help you reach the goals you have in mind, whether it be mastering the oboe or learning your favorite song on the saxophone to play with friends on the weekend. Stop by and see us or give us a call regardless your skill level, you’re sure to enjoy adding a bit more of music to your life.