3 Lessons from Starting Piano As An Adult

This is a guest post from Keybox student Cody McCormack. If you’re interested in submitting a guest post, let us know!

Nine out of ten pianists started as a kid. If you ask someone how they learned to play piano, you’ll usually get an answer like “I don’t really know, I just grew up playing”.

That’s great for them, but what about those of us who never touched the ivory until our 30s, 40s and beyond? There are lots of unique challenges and benefits to starting your musical journey as an adult, but here are the top three that I’ve noticed starting piano for the first time at age 32.

1. You Have to Get Used to Being Bad

This is one area where I think kids definitely have an advantage. They’re perpetually starting new things, and they’re used to being beginners. As adults, with high school and even college well in the past, and established careers and hobbies, it’s often been a while since we had to truly start something from scratch.

It can definitely be a blow to the ego when you see a YouTube clip of a 6-year-old playing music you can’t even fathom playing on the piano. And knowing that there are hundreds of hours between you and that 6-year-old can seem daunting.

However, I think this is a positive. It’s a good experience to remember what it’s like to be new. There’s a lot of fun that comes from the quick progress you can make as a beginner, and it’s exciting to be in a world where you’re exposed to new concepts every day.

2. You’ll Appreciate Music More

This one seems obvious in retrospect, but it really surprised me nonetheless. Now that I’ve started to understand music theory a bit, the world of music seems much more vibrant. I’ve always enjoyed music in a very casual way, but there’s a definite texture to music that you experience more deeply when you understand what goes into music, and how and why it’s constructed the way it is.

Depending on your musical tastes, you’ll also probably branch out a bit when you start studying piano. Learning piano is a great way to experience classical, jazz, blues, rock, pop and folk music. Songs you might never have really cared for feel much different when you’re learning to play them, and starting to appreciate the subtle nuances that the composer included when creating the arrangement.

3. Your Priorities Will Change

When you fall in love with the piano, it will change your life for the better. Instead of a vague plan for the night that involves eating dinner, taking care of family responsibilities and maybe watching TV, you’ll find yourself consciously scheduling 30 minutes to an hour for piano. Something about organizing your life with the intention to make time for a hobby makes other things fall into place.

We’re all busy, and especially as adult learners. But when you commit to fitting in piano practice every day, you start to learn how much time you wasted on social media, watching TV or just generally being unproductive.

Studying piano has been a huge benefit to my life, and I hope other adults considering learning will give it a chance to change their lives as well.

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