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Learning Piano as an Adult


Learning Piano as an Adult

Whenever I tell people that I’m a piano teacher, the first response is often, “That is so cool!” (Not going to lie, it’s an ego boost!) If I’m speaking with an adult learner, it’s usually followed up with something like:

“I always wanted to learn to play.”

“I took lessons as a kid, but hated it.”

“Now I wish I never stopped – it’s probably a lot harder to learn now, right?”

It breaks my heart that so many adults believe they it’s too late for them to start learning the piano. My response?

You can still learn.

Many people have the idea that once you hit your adult years, learning becomes far more difficult. There are definitely factors that make it tricky, like busy schedules, family responsibilities, and the like. However, as human beings, we are always learning. Our brains don’t stop when they hit a certain age – they keep going! There’s also evidence that learning a new skill as an adult can keep the brain active into the later years of life.

The most compelling reason to start learning piano now, though, is that you want to learn.  

Why Hoffman Academy?

Maybe your schedule is restrictive, or you don’t have a piano teacher nearby. Or maybe you want to see if you’ll even like lessons before committing a lot of time and money to it. Hoffman Academy is here to help! Whether you’re and adult learner who is completely new to piano or haven’t touched the ivories in years, our piano lessons will help you achieve your musical goals on your schedule and budget. You’ll not only play songs – you’ll also learn:

  • to break down the steps for learning the pieces you want to play
  • to develop your musical ear (Worried that you’re tone deaf? Check out our post, Am I Tone Deaf?)
  • to play with chords – one of the fundamental piano skills – early on
  • useful music theory that many beginning lessons don’t include
  • to create your own music through improvisation and composition

Five Tips for Learning Piano as an Adult

Believe it or not, many of these tips are actually the same ones we give to young learners!

  1. Set a goal. It could be a piece you’ve always loved, a level or grade to reach, or even how often to play. Having a concrete goal will help you see your own progress and give you something to work toward.
  2. Have patience. Learning any instrument takes time and effort. There’s a lot involved, and it will all come with practice!
  3. Set a practice routine. Even just ten minutes a day will bring results, and you’ll feel good for having done it!
  4. Be okay with mistakes. They’re a natural part of learning.
  5. Celebrate accomplishment and effort. We often have a tendency to focus on what we’re doing wrong. Instead, try to focus on what you’re doing right – you’ll be happier with your progress and more motivated to continue!

What Other Adult Learners Have to Say (and play!)

“Thank you for your online lessons! I am having such fun learning to play the piano. Your affordable online lessons allow me to learn and practice in bits and pieces at any time while being a wife and mom of two small boys. Mr Hoffman makes the lessons fun and the theory so easy to understand. Thanks!” – Laura, Facebook

“56 & never played piano. I decided to put the beautiful piano sitting with lots of dust on it to use. Joseph Hoffman has taught me well. I am on unit 11 and playing well. I still have lots to learn, but have many songs down pat now. Thank you Mr. Hoffman!” – Tim, Facebook

“I am not a child, but in my sixties, and I have been enjoying and learning the lessons, step by step, Thanks! I did not think it would be possible at my age.” – Nasreen, Facebook

Here are some more inspiring stories from adult learners around the web:

What Learning Piano in my Twenties Taught Me at Business Insider

Learning Piano at Midlife at Better After 50

Adult Piano Lessons: Never Too Late to Learn at the BBC

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