When you’re a kid you’re always learning new skills. Whether it’s learning basic maths and how to recite the alphabet, or how to play an instrument and the rules of your favourite sport, you’re constantly learning.
When you’re an adult, you’re still learning new skills all of the time, but more often than not your learning is limited to the workplace or formal education. But that doesn’t mean you can’t try to learn something new in your free time, or take on a new hobby. In fact, we encourage our customers and students to follow their passion and learn an instrument, regardless of how old they are. After all, age is nothing more than a number.
The Benefits of Learning an Instrument as an Adult
Although learning to play an instrument may seem daunting at first, you’re actually better equipped to start learning than you may think.
You Already Have Background Knowledge
You’ve spent your whole life listening to music, and in that time, you’ve probably picked up a thing or two. Most adults already understand the basic structures of music because they’re exposed to it every time they listed to their favourite music. It’s much more difficult to try and explain abstract concepts like this to kids.
You’re Learning Because You Actually Want To
How many times did your parents sign you up to a class because they thought you would like it, or because it’s a skill they thought you should have? When you set out to learn to play an instrument as an adult, you’re doing it because you want to, and this will make you more open to the learning process.
You’ll be More Disciplined
When you’re an adult, if you really want to learn something, you’ll practice and do what it takes to succeed.
How to Approach the Learning Process
If it’s been a while since you’ve learnt a new skill, don’t be deterred. Learning to play an instrument can be just as fun as it is challenging.
Set Realistic Goals
Don’t expect to be an expert straight away. Learning a new skill takes time, and that’s perfectly okay.
Make Time to Practice
Practicing is the key to success, especially when it comes to playing music. If you spend plenty of time playing your chosen instrument you’ll get more comfortable and more attuned to its intricacies.
Let Your Inner Child Come Out
One of the reasons kids are so good at learning to play music is because they’re creative. Have some fun and let your creative side free, it’s a decision you won’t regret.
Be Willing to Learn
Most importantly, you need to be open to the learning process. Listen to your tutor and undertake your own private studies, and you might even surprise yourself with how much you can learn.
If you’re interested in learning an instrument, but don’t know where to start, contact the team at Music Mart today!