TIPS FOR ADULTS
KEEPING IT REAL
As an adult learner, it is important to keep a perspective on the entire process and be clear about your expectations. After years of building up abilities in other areas of life and career, learning a new skill such as playing an instrument can seem daunting and may at first make you feel clumsy and cause self-doubt.
There is a great deal of coordination required (both physically and mentally) in playing the piano, so the beginning stages can sometimes feel overwhelming.
This is all about personal growth and the best way to approach these concerns is with patience and remember- it is about the journey- and not the destination!
Adults are often made to believe that learning doesn’t come as easily in later life. However, there are certain advantages that give adults an extra edge over younger students. With maturity comes the ability to concentrate and exercise self-control
These qualities are ideal for the adult piano student who knows that with regular practice and effort comes the desired results. This may occur at a different rate for everybody but again there is no reason to feel pressured if you are enjoying the process.
One of the best ways to make quick and steady progress is to practice in a methodical and well-structured way. Aim to set small achievable goals and as opposed to trying to master too much too soon. Be guided by proven practice methods such as working on smaller sections hands separately. Go over difficult sections numerous times in this way until you build up fluency in each hand before trying the same passage with both hands together.