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How to Overcome Challenges as an Adult Music Learner

How to Overcome Challenges as an Adult Music Learner

Too late to start music lessons? NO!

It is popular for parents to have their children focus on their musical talents while they’re young. But we also think everyone can agree that music knows no age. If you’re already an adult and you’ve always wanted to learn how to play an instrument, it’s not too late. You can discover, develop and enhance that hidden talent that you know is there! It has been found that adults are actually better “students” because they have the ability to learn independently, requiring less supervision compared to teaching kids. Everyone knows the saying, “it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks”, as it has some basis in fact. However, that is not the end of the story and any good dog trainer know this is not true – so it certainly is not true for humans. We at Cadenza know the proper techniques that adults need to learn to play the piano.

The first thought that comes to mind for most adults is “I should have started to learn this when I was a kid”. As you grow older, a lot of demands are placed upon you. Family, work and social life, require a huge amount of our time and there are always things that take priority and our immediate attention. However, we sometimes forget to spend time with ourselves and give time to what we’re passionate about. For many, that is music. These commitments or real-life distractions aren’t considered absolutely negative, but certainly can hinder your pursuit of music. One should learn the sense of balancing and time management. If you’re working and studying at the same time, then you’re just one of the heroes of balance and focus.  Music learners should develop that skill and to play your instrument despite those many commitments or activities in your calendar. Make it routine to allot ample time and energy to learn playing that instrument anytime of the day.

Aside from the lack of time, mindset can be a huge setback for a new adult music learner. Embarking something new can trigger self-doubts. Adult music learners tend to recognize limits and struggles when mastering an instrument. When you learn to step out of your comfort zone, you’ll learn to accept that mistakes and failures will happen. You need to ignite that motivation and self-trust that boosts your self-confidence. Seek something that you can consider as an inspiration. Create a bucket-list of musical things you want to do then make daily goals to attain them. You can watch online musical courses or play along with your friends.

Money could also be an issue and could be harder to deal with. Since studying music requires investment, one must learn to be practical and find courses that are suitable for the set budget. If you wish to pursue your musical career in detail, you have just come in the right place.  Here in Cadenza we value your music learning more than anything else. Sign up and you’ll get the support you deserve as an adult music learner.

Childhood Development: Early Stage Of Music Lessons

Childhood Development: Early Stage Of Music Lessons

Studies done with children having a musical background show great improvement in their brain functions and overall brain stimulation. Today, infants and toddlers are strongly advised to sing and to explore rhythm using percussion instruments and body movements. These percussion instruments are not your drum set from a rock band but as simple as hand drums, egg shakers, castanets, xylophones, and more. Fine motor skills are vastly improved with these activities. As they progress through musical studies, concepts such as solfege, rhythmic counting, and musical notation are introduced. Any activity that allows children to improve their skills with more formalized dance and musical lessons at an early age is encouraged.

 

Language Development

Learning music uses the same parts of the brain that are responsible for learning language. All study in music improve the synapses of the brain that are essential to the processing of sounds and comprehension. In addition, children who excel in verbal communication have an upper hand in social circles and the educational field.

 

Improves Focus and Memory

Learning even the simplest piano etudes is a way to exercise focus, physical and mental recall, and hand-eye coordination. Practice makes perfect right – or, like we like to say, practice makes permanent (practice correctly!). Students should know that practicing frequently is the way to mastery simply because repetition strengthens memory.

 

Develop Discipline and Teamwork

The importance of hard work is a lesson that every child should learn. By practicing music everyday each child learns the concept of discipline. With a goal in mind like a performance, or a full recital, it gives direction and comes to fruition through ones disciplined work habits.

Whenever children can join small instrumental  groups, choirs, large school orchestras, or even a rock band there are numerous benefits because it triggers teamwork and overall positive feeling of working together with others on a common goal.

And as we know, discipline and the ability to work with a team are important skills for life.

 

Builds Self Confidence and Self Esteem

If a skill develops rapidly at a pace that is connected to the load of work being put in, children will enjoy seeing the results of their labors. It’s very important for them to know that in order to achieve success, they need to work hard. Doing that work, and earning that success with literally their own hands, builds confidence and self-esteem like nothing else.

Start that journey today with Cadenza. Come in for your first step on that journey! Send us an email at [email protected] or call us at 949-416-2355.