Many people find themselves at the stage of life where they ask “Am I too old to learn to play piano?” They regret that they never went to piano lessons as a child. Some went to lessons, but as they grew older and got distracted with studies and extra responsibilities, music fell by the way. They are much older now and this question keeps popping into their head . The question keeps popping up because they are now in their senior years, they love music, and wish that they could play even a few of their favorite songs.
Music lessons have always been associated with young children and maybe even students in their teens. Parents and grandparents are always proud of their little performers and can be seen at every concert at school or church. So the children grow up and leave home. Now, the piano or keyboard is still standing in the corner and parents wish they could play. Is that you? You don’t even know how to play the first chord. Should you even try ? Yes, you should. Here are some thoughts on why:
1. You are likely to have more time on your hands, now that you are retired and the kids are grown, raising their own families and are no longer in your home.
2. There are many ways of learning piano these days.
- You can learn one-on-one with a coach who will show you the patterns and the rules. You go home and practice and return for coaching in a week.
- You can learn online by watching the instructions on video. With this method your teacher is always available, and you can rewind if there is something you missed.
- You are a member of a group with similar interests, and who are guided by an assistant on a regular basis
3. Unlike children, you won’t have to spend so many years learning
4. You already know many songs, and have a basic understanding of harmony and rhythm.
5. It is good exercise for your brain and good training for your memory.
6. Learning something new will keep you vibrant and active.
7. Even if your eyesight deteriorates in the future you can still play.
Imagine how your world could change if you were to play your favorite songs when your friends drop in, or “Happy birthday” at the next family gathering. Your grandchildren would love it. Many people , when they are alone, also like to play their favorite hymns and church songs, or some quiet melodies after meditation. Then there are seniors who like the more upbeat songs and will play around while others dance. Many of them like to use the modern keyboards, playing around with the drumbeats and using the accompaniment styles to bring even more excitement to their playing.
An older beginner might not aspire to be a concert pianist, play with a band on tour, or play out at a local bar every night, but they can spend their hours doing something valuable and fun, while they express their musicality.
You are never too old to play and do what you love.
Are you over 60? Would you be willing to start learning to play piano?
If you have read this far, quite likely you are.