We get the many of the same questions from adults wanting to learn music all the time… Is your music academy only for children? Am I too old to learn to play guitar? Is 65 too old to learn piano? I’ve always wanted to play the violin, can I still learn? The answer is no were not just for children, no you’re not too old and yes you can still learn how to play music. The issue that most adults run into is that since they already have many commitments and tendencies to their behaviors and daily actions that it can seem overwhelming to add one more thing. Many adults will say I’m going to start in the summer when I’m not so busy or I’ll wait until after Christmas when work slows down a bit. Let’s face it folks, the world is only getting faster and faster with more and more work to be done. You’ll always be busy and it’s always going to seem like there is not enough time to study and learn what you want to learn. Instead of waiting for the perfect time, those that are successful learning music as adults just jumped right into it. Any new activity that takes up your time will of course have to come at some sort of sacrifice. Maybe you’ll have to watch 20 less minutes of CNN or ESPN to get in a good practice on your guitar, piano, drums, or whichever instrument you decide to play. A few minutes here and a few minutes there add up to real practice time. The fact is that not many people can handle much more than 20-30 minutes of practice in the beginning anyway. Practicing scales is tedious but incredibly productive and tiring after only a few minutes. If you don’t believe me then take a trial music lesson and see for yourself. Most people can attain proficiency on their instrument in a very short amount of time if they commit to even 20 minutes of daily practice. Follow your passion and do what you’ve always wanted to do. It’s your life and music is a big part of it.
by Henry Bahrou
Grosse Pointe Music Academy