It’s never too late!
In fact, the science points to a considerable boost in cognitive development when you learn the piano as an adult. So now that there’s no reason for thinking you can’t learn piano, let’s look at why you should learn the piano.
For starters, it’s great for your brain. The Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University found that musicians suffered far less from aging related memory and hearing loss compared with non-musicians. In addition, when learning to play piano, one of the fundamental skills you gain is the ability to discriminate between pitch. This ability has been linked to an increase in literacy levels. No wonder people say that playing an instrument makes you smarter. In fact, learning the piano helps strengthen multiple areas of the brain which includes the ability to concentrate, focus and apply knowledge.
Learning to play the piano is also a great way to de-stress. Playing the piano as an adult shifts your focus away from the stress of everyday life. It’s as effective as going to the gym. Think of it as a brain workout that leaves you feeling refreshed and less stressed.
Adult piano lessons can also help you to express yourself in a creative way which is a reward in itself. Everyone listens to and enjoys music, learning to play the piano is a way to enjoy it further. And the piano is a good way to ‘unplug’ and reconnect with yourself. Do yourself a favour, if you’ve been thinking about learning an instrument, try the piano. You won’t regret it.
Find out more about piano lessons for adults and discover how you can help age-proof your mind and improve your quality of life.
This was the piece I performed at my last concert at the Metaxas Piano school.
It is called ‘Un Sospiro’ which means ‘A Sigh’
So was quite appropriate for saying goodbye to a place that had taken me from being a little girl performing pieces of increasing levels and growing into a young woman of 17, who had just graduated with the Associate of Music Diploma and who was playing pieces such as this beautiful one, performed here by my favourite pianist, Valentina Lisitsa.