“If you didn’t start learning to play a musical instrument in childhood or during school years, you probably had missed your chance.” We often hear people say that, and it’s easy to see why. It’d be hard to get good at playing an instrument when most of your time is occupied for study, work, and family matters.
Even if you do have the time, the formal path of music education may not provide many opportunities for adults in the latter part of their life. Fortunately for those keen on picking up an instrument, independent music course outside of formal music school exists.
Never Too Late to Learn
The age-old adage applies here. Suppose one start learning in their 50’s, there’s still decades for them to get good at whatever instrument they choose. Some even find that they are better musician than they were in their teens.
The main challenge that we’ve seen with older people is overcoming their anxiety as an absolute beginner. Joining classes or ensemble with fellow newbies will help you ease up whenever you make a rookie mistake. Having a supportive teacher that can give more individual attention will also help them get up to speed.
Social and Health Benefits
Joining a group course will also allow you to meet new people and create new social connections. It’s a rare opportunity for older people to make new friends. Together, they can play for fun and encourage each other to get better. Experts also found that playing an instrument correlates to better emotional well-being, brain health, cognition and hearing function. Think of it as a creative engagement that we can do throughout our lifespan; not just for pleasure but also for health benefits.
There are technologies that can help with your learning—from YouTube video tutorials to companion apps to whatever instrument you’re playing. You can also easily find musical notations online if you’re keen to master a particular song.
In Singapore, some independent courses offer musical instrument lessons for all age levels, also individuals and groups—from beginner to advance level. You can see what offers they have if you have interests in acoustic, classical, electric guitar, or even ukulele. If you’re thinking of learning to play a guitar together with your significant other, consider enrolling them as a gift.