December 2, 2015
You’re Never Too Old to Play an Instrument
Many people make the assumption that once they have passed grade school, they are too old to play an instrument. The reality is that you can choose to go to music school at any age. It is possible to learn any instrument you desire and gain a higher level of music appreciation. Even neuroscientists say that it’s not too late to learn, regardless of how old you are.
Often, the desire to learn an instrument as an adult is because you heard a great piece of music. There may be a saxophonist on a new jazz album, and after hearing you, you gain the desire to learn the saxophone. It can be any instrument, and it’s possible to go out and buy one – and then learn how to play it.
Music teachers say that it’s never too late to learn. It’s not going to be an aging brain or stiff hands that slow down the learning process. The desire simply needs to be there. You have to be able to cut loose and really want to learn to play. Kids often have no choice but to play and to practice. As adults, we can choose to play or not to play because we are the ones in charge.
Adults often want to practice quietly. They are fearful of people hearing as they practice. Those who live in apartments or condos may also want to respect the space of their neighbors. If you fall into one of these categories, it’s important to know where you can go to practice so you can eliminate this excuse.
By enrolling in a music school, you have the space to be able to practice your instrument without being quiet. The reason you love music is because you can hear it – and that requires being loud from time to time. There are classrooms where you can practice and be as loud as you want. It’s one of the best ways to learn because you will have the drive to want to improve the sound that is being produced.
Learning an instrument at a later age is a great way to exercise the brain. Your senses are hard at work, and so are your muscles. You will have to count the beats, read the notes, and coordinate the sound for it all to come out the way you want. Patience is everything when you are older as it will allow you to learn more about what needs to happen.
Once you do learn the instrument, the sky is the limit. It can be something you do to bond with family and friends over the holidays, set up a garage band to bring people together from time to time, or even join a band and be the instrumental backup that is needed. No matter what you decide to do with your new found love of music, and your ability to play, it can help to keep you young at heart – and help your mind to stay fresh.