Why learn to play the piano when on the other side of 30?


"Turns outs, adults have some key advantages over children when it comes to learning how to play an instrument."

"You already have a good understanding of music from a lifetime of listening to it."

"You have the discipline and focus to make yourself practice."

"You are much better equipped to tackle complicated, abstract concepts."

"...adults are sticklers for perfection. If adults can put aside the desire for a mistake-free session and play even if your fingers aren't exactly in the right position, you're likely to learn more quickly."

"You actually WANT to learn the instrument - no one is making you!"

"This motivation is probably the most important thing...it actually has some great cognitive effects, increasing your ability to learn faster."

"Playing an instrument relieves stress (something you need more now than you did as a kid)."

"...your brain could use the exercise."

"As an adult, learning how to play an instrument is a 'brain trainer' - a way to challenge your brain in an effort to stay sharper and alert for longer. Notonly is it possible for this stronger cognitive function to stave off dementia, but it will also allow you to enjoy a higher quality of life with a more active brain."




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