By Kaitlin Leahy
While many parents give their children the gift of music instruction, they often do not consider granting themselves the same opportunity. For those who wish they hadn’t quit those piano lessons, or never got the opportunity to take lessons at all, it isn’t too late. Scholars performing research in the field of music education are continually discovering and reaffirming the undeniable benefits of adult music lessons.
Here are 5 reasons to begin music lessons as an adult:
1. Music lessons provide an opportunity to fulfill musical and personal goals. Many adults have goals to improve and develop their musicianship, so what better way to fulfill these goals than to take lessons with a professional musician?
2. Taking music lessons creates space for a truly productive leisure activity. Self-made music was once the top leisure activity in the United States, but has since been replaced by watching TV, a pastime that is neither stimulating nor healthy.
3. Instrumental or voice lessons can serve as an escape from routine. Lessons and the essential weekly practice will certainly alter your routine, bringing some much-needed variety in your weekly schedule.
4. The investment in instrument or other materials has likely already been made. Because you may have already purchased a piano, keyboard, or other instrument, you can really make the most of your investment by learning to play yourself.
5. Beginning music lessons yourself can help you to better understand your child’s music lesson experience. It may be difficult to empathize with or relate to your child’s musical struggles and triumphs if you have not yet experienced it for yourself.