Adults Starting/Resuming Music Lessons

As a new year dawns and thoughts turn to fresh starts and new experiences, many re-discover the desire to learn a musical instrument. Some may have had lessons as children and long regretted their lack of perseverance. Some may even have preserved their desire to make music in spite of put-downs and discouragement. Deep down, they have a sense that music is too important a part of themselves to give up on.

Learning a musical instrument is not like learning to drive or to master long-division: we feel that our music is so much part of us that it’s hard not to feel personally rejected when someone is negative about our music-making. Teachers have big responsibilities and a lot to answer for!

Yes, it’s scary for an adult to go looking for a music teacher and it’s something they like to plan carefully. It’s good to know that there is a website where every aspect of taking up an instrument and finding a teacher can be considered: “Pay the Piper”, at, looks at the advantages and disadvantages of each instrument, how to get lessons, how to practise, measuring your progress, how much it will cost – everything the prospective pupil needs to know!

One thought on “Adults Starting/Resuming Music Lessons

  1. I have been teaching and setting people up to fly for a long time and I have found that there are advantages and disadvantages to being a child student vs being an adult student.

    The child student isn’t afraid of failure and will try anything. They usually lack focus and discipline but just want to go for it.

    The adult student usually has the focus and discipline but is afraid of failure.

    You should be looking for a teacher that is sensitive to your level of interest and participation. Tell them of your musical interests, personal goals etc. on the phone. If you can relate to their approach, have a lesson. DO NOT just settle. If the lesson goes well and you can relate, book a series of lessons. If not, keep looking.

    It’s really not about anything other than you enjoying the whole prospect at the level you wish to participate. After all, it’s not something you HAVE to do.

    As far as advantages or disadvantages of each instrument, I suggest that you get involved with the instrumentthat has a sound/function that appeals most to you.
    One that you can become passionate about!

    Over the years I have had adults ask me, what’s easy? I find that ridiculous! Its true that if you are tiny in stature or that you don’t own a car that, maybe tuba won’t exactly be the right choice! That being said however, doesn’t mean that if the beautiful support function of the lower range in the concert band music that you truly love speaks to you, then you should find a way!

    All The Best
    Arnold Faber

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