“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” ~Albert Einstein
Last January, one of our students, (she’s 58) started taking drum lessons. She’d been playing piano and taking singing lessons for the past eight years with us, but … it had always been her dream to play the drums.
She admitted it was a bit daunting to sit at the drum kit and take the time to learn how to hold the drum sticks properly, but after nine months of lessons, she is excited to perform in the adult recital in November.
One of the best things about getting older is that you finally, have the freedom and confidence to live your life the way you’ve always imagined.
What Instrument Fascinates YOU?
Have you always imagined yourself being part of an Orchestra? Or, do you have a secret dream of playing in a jazz or rock band? It is our experience that many of our older students sign up for lessons and re-claim their love for music. Our adult recitals are proof that its never too old to start!
Do you have an old violin in your garage begging to be played? Or, a piano sitting in your living room that your children used to practice on until they moved away to college? Life can be all about pursuing your passions. Here are my three top reasons to start taking lessons today.
Three Great Reasons to Start Taking Music Lessons
1. Reduces Stress
Scientists are now agreeing that learning a musical instrument could be the best way to give your brain a total body workout at any age. Did you also know that it reduces stress too? Music has been shown to reduce stress by triggering biochemical stress reducers according to an article in U.S. Today. As a short-term and long-term benefit, music helps us to relax and forget about life’s daily challenges. The act of playing music accentuates deep relaxation and calm.
2. Improves Memory
Taking music lessons has shown increased brain development and also helped improved memory over a year when compared to those who do not receive musical training. Research has also shown that as we get older, our natural memory ability diminishes and music has been shown to help that considerably.
3. Music Brings Joy!
Quite simply... playing music is fun! Einstein used to play the violin to relax when he became stuck in his thought process – music helps clear the mind and calm the nerves. It is the gift that keeps on giving. So call your local music school and sign up for lessons!
You are never too old to play. Keep asking yourself what instrument have YOU always wanted to play? You might find your music goal reachable with just a phone call away!