A Dream Will Remain a Dream If You Don’t Take Action
Before I started my journey in piano learning as an adult beginner, I’ve always doubted my ability to success. Is it possible for an adult with zero knowledge about music to start learning an instrument from scratch? Will it be embarrassing to learn together with other young children? With this hesitation, I’ve delayed my piano learning for several years. Until one day, I decided to take the first step in realizing my dream. I’ve made up my mind to give it a try so that I will leave no regret in my life.
Adult Learner and Children Learner. What is the Difference?
In the blink of an eye, 7 years have passed by. Today, I’ve reached ABRSM grade 8 and I’ve never stop learning. But sometimes I’d wonder: If I started learning as a child, will I be able to achieve my current level? Can I do much better than now and go much further? Will it be any difference in my learning and achievement?
Yes. There are indeed some differences between adult and children learner. Both of them are using different mechanisms to learn. Here are some comparison between adult and children learner in music learning:
1. Adults are more mature than children. They can understand music theory better in a shorter period of time.
2. Adults can have better muscle control compare to the children. Therefore, technical skills can be introduced earlier to them.
3. Most adults start learning an instrument because of their interest and passion. They understand their own goals and will try their best to achieve them. On the other hand, most children learn because of their parents. They may need some rewards and motivation to keep their interest on the instrument.
4. Adults have longer attention span compared to children. This enable them to spend longer time to practice and achieve their goals.
5. Adults are more self-disciplined and less dependent to teachers compared to children.
6. Children have better musical memory which enable them to develop better hearing and aural skills if they’re trained from young age.
7. Children are less self-conscious while playing the musical instrument. They have the advantage of using relaxed muscle in their playing. However, adults are always self-conscious which leads to tensed muscle which will affect their performance.
8. Children have more flexible fingers compared to adult.
Although adult and children learn with their own unique ways, it is obvious that age is not a barrier in piano learning.
The Secret of Success as an Adult Beginner
The biggest secret in succeeding as an adult beginner is PERSEVERANCE. Learning a musical instrument is a long journey which requires a lot of EFFORTS, PATIENCE, and COMMITMENT. Once you start learning the instrument, it is important that you schedule a time slot of at least 30 to 60 minutes for daily practice. There is no short cut to success. Skills can be accumulated little by little, but it is impossible to improve in just a single day.
During the learning process, it is normal to face some obstacles. If you can overcome these obstacles, you’ll learn a great lesson and achieve a higher level successfully. So, do not give up easily. Remember that, it is never too old to learn and there is no age limit for knowledge. If you are still hesitating in pursuing your dreams and passions, it’s time to take action now! You’re never too late!
Do you have any experience of learning a musical instrument as an adult? If yes I’d be delighted to hear your story. Feel free to leave a comment below to share with us!