What Benefits Can I Get As a Beginning Adult Student
The piano community tends to put heavy emphasis on starting to learn piano
as young as four years old. However, there are benefits you can get as a beginning adult student that no child
is going to get.
In addition, contrary to a lot of conventional thought, the amount of time you spend in lessons does not
correlate with ability.
For every world class pianist that started lessons at four years old, there are dozens of other people that
started at the same age and never developed even mediocre abilities. An adult student can potentially progress into
fairly high level playing in a short amount of time.
The biggest benefit of starting to learn piano as an adult is motivation. An adult student learns to play piano
because they want to learn how to play piano. Most children learn to play
piano because their parents make them.
Learning to play piano is not some mystical gift you are born with, it requires hard work over a fairly long
period of time. A motivated student is going to maintain the practice schedules needed to develop their abilities.
That gives most adult students an advantage over younger students.
Adult students almost always have larger, stronger hands than younger students. Piano is not one of the more
physically demanding instruments, but it does make a difference. Many of the more complex chord shapes require
stretching a hand across a large number of keys and pressing down evenly.
Developing the dexterity and
strength to play these piano chords takes far
less time and effort as an adult than a student. Adult students can spend less time developing physical skills
and more time on the more difficult technical skills.
Another benefit as a beginning adult student is that an adult is more likely to have a consistent schedule. This
is not a universal benefit, but most adults have a consistent work schedule and a greater ability to manage any
after work obligations. As a result, it is much easier for an adult to maintain a consistent practice schedule.
The more routine your practice schedule is, the less likely you are going to break it. As a result, adult
students are more likely to stick to their practice schedule. Children on the other hand usually have to contend
with homework, studying and other after school activities, which they have very little control over scheduling.
Just because you did not start learning to play piano in elementary school does not mean there is a limit to how
your abilities develop. A motivated adult student can develop all the technical abilities they ever need on the
piano in a few years. An unmotivated child student can spend years in training and still never develop beyond
Ultimately, the best benefit as a beginning adult student is the fact you want to learn piano and are going to
put the effort into doing so, which makes more of a difference than time. Eventually, an adult student is going to
reach similar levels of ability as most people that started playing during childhood.
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