10 Reasons To Learn An Instrument As An Adult

Here are ten good reasons for starting music lessons now, as an adult:

Playing Music Is Good For You…

  • It’s good for your brain. You see neuroplasticity at work as you build new networks among your brain cells.
  • It’s good for your body. Depending on what instrument you choose, you can keep your hands limber, your core strong, and your lungs in good working order.
  • It’s something you can enjoy with others. You can join a band, sit in on a jam session, or play around with your family and friends.
  • It’s something you can enjoy alone. Playing music beats TV when you’re not up for socializing.
  • It’s a great springboard for creativity. You can use your new musical skills as inspiration for songwriting, composition, or video projects.

…and you’re better equipped to enjoy it now anyway.

  • You have more patience now, and definitely a better attention span than a kid.
  • You have better coordination now, which makes it easier to learn some technical skills.
  • You can value the process of learning over the product of performance. No worries about scholarships or contests. You don’t ever have to perform if you don’t want to.
  • You understand the value of practice. You’ve chosen to invest your time and money, and you know it’s worth it.
  • You can choose the music you like and want to learn. You know what you like and how to ask for help playing it.
Sure, you might not become a rich and famous musician starting out later in life, but there is no reason why you can’t enjoy making music for years to come.]]>


  1. pianolearner on September 24, 2013 at 7:38 am

    i completely agree. I started from scratch at the age of 30.

  2. Sound Art Creator on October 15, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Reblogged this on Sound Art Creator.

  3. Peter Buesa on December 24, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Very interesting Rachelle. Music is very rewarding indeed.
    There are though some self imposed obstacles for learning music as an adult, which are covered by this blog post by Robert Emery http://www.arts-academy.co.uk/blog/music-education/music-lessons-adults-rewarding-think/

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