Three Myths About Learning as an Adult

Learning piano as an adult is a relaxing and rewarding hobby and is growing in popularity. In fact, nearly half of my students are beginning adults.

MYTH # 1: "Adults learn slower than children."

Adult students are able to understand music notation and theory at a high level early on in the process, which is a huge advantage. Adults also have the ability to guide their teacher through their unique learning process, and can clearly state their needs, goals and expectations.  A science fair study found adults learn 26.4% faster than children.

 

MYTH # 2: "The music I'm playing is very simple and/or sounds unpolished, so this must be a frustrating, painful or boring lesson for my teacher."

As a teacher I do not feel frustration, pain or boredom while listening to any of mu students play. A rough performance is ripe for learning, and easy music is where everyone starts! I completely understand that these aspects of my work are what allow pianists to grow from beginners to skilled, confident musicians.

Since Adult students have the ability to understand the complexity of music and are advanced listeners they often get self-concious about their performance in lessons. This can leave students worrying about what their teacher is thinking. Feelings of self-doubt may lead to feelings of guilt for the imagined frustration, pain or boredom their teacher could be feeling. If you are worrying about what your teacher is feeling just ask them!

Check out The Perfect Wrong Note by William Westney!


MYTH # 3: "I missed a week of practice, so I should cancel my piano lesson." OR "I've missed a few weeks of practice, so I should quit lessons."

eventually life may interfere with your studies, but Keep in mind that even if progress slows, you are still learning. Showing up to A lesson is the best way to rekindle your spark of interest. Many students set high and rigid expectations for themselves, but it's best to practice self-kindness and allow for changes in your goals and expectations. if you are experiencing frustration, guilt or any negative emotions regarding piano the most important thing is to tell your teacher!