We’re often asked the question, “Is it too late to learn how to play the piano?” or some other musical instrument. Our answer, “Absolutely not!” In fact there are many positive benefits to taking music lessons as an adult.
First, rather than being intimidating, studies have shown that music lessons reduce overall stress. We all know that stress wreaks havoc on the body and brain. During periods of intense anxiety, enzymes are released that actually break down brain tissue and disrupt the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Music education can relieve you from all the other concerns of life, and allow the mind to focus on something entirely new. Learning a new skill at an older age actually builds up the brain, and has been shown to increase the IQ. For this reason alone, the expense of music lessons is neither frivolous nor unwise.
Second, music lessons will introduce you to a new tribe or community. You’ll meet instructors and students who share the same goals and love for music that you have. There are gatherings, recitals and competitions that you’ll have an opportunity to attend. People of all ages are drawn together by their mutual appreciation for music. What you’ll discover is that this community is warm and accepting. The possibilities for social interaction are endless.
Finally, taking music lessons can actually slow down the process of hearing loss. Northwestern University has been studying the issue of “neural timing,” or in laymen’s terms, the central nervous system’s ability to detect the nuances of human speech. What they discovered is that music lessons actually slow down the process of deterioration in this area of the brain. Considering how important hearing is to daily life and our relationships, this is a tremendous benefit.
Our music school loves to work with adults who want to learn something new. Please give us a call at (210) 362-1058, or send us an email. We’d love to help you “imagine the possibilities” and “follow your dreams.”