At D-Flat Studios Singapore we have many adults picking up piano for the first time. Our teachers are always excited to introduce the piano to fresh and mature minds, and are also encouraged by the great number of adults coming back to the piano after shutting their lids on those ivories for decades. Everyone who has come back to the piano enjoy the mental challenge of learning or re-learning the instrument. And some of them have been moved to tears when they are back making music!
Wishing you could play that song on the radio is not a distant reality. And it is never too late. Our oldest student is 80! Here are some reasons why there is no better time than now!
1) Music is easy. It is logical.
If you possess some logic and understand fundamental mathematics, you are all set to start learning the piano. Broadly, there are only 2 elements you need to worry about - what notes to play, and how long to hold it for.
The international language of music tell you exactly which notes to play, how long to hold it for, at a specified dynamic (volume), at a recommended tempo, in a style specified by the composer. For instance, Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata is written in a minor key. This "sad" and "dark" minor sound is produced by a combination of notes that the composer has written.
Music is mathematical - every bar has a fixed number of beats and the pulse holds the rhythm in place. That is why people naturally tap their feet when they hear their favourite song.
2) It is about the journey, not the destination
Indeed, learning any new skill requires practice for mastery. But creating music is melodious and fun, making practice that much more enjoyable! Making music brings much joy and relaxes the mind. It is one of those activities you enjoy doing, and get better at whilst doing it! As you progress in competency, the more you enjoy the music! Learning music as an adult is all about the journey, never about the destination.
Even the masters emphasise the hard work they put in to attain their level of mastery. But think of the fun you'll experience whilst getting there.
“It is a mistake to think that the practice of my art has become easy to me. I assure you, dear friend, no one has given so much care to the study of composition as I. There is scarcely a famous master in music whose works I have not frequently and diligently studied.”
― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“What I have achieved by industry and practice, anyone else with tolerable natural gift and ability can also achieve.”
― Johann Sebastian Bach
Ed Sheeran also shared on The Jonathan Ross Show an audio clip of his singing from his early days before he embarked on his singing career. The audience and Ross himself agreed on how far Sheeran has come. In the age-old debate of 'Nature versus Nurture', certainly Sheeran proves the latter.
3) Increasing brain connections - you'll get better with time
The piano is a percussive instrument with seven sets of 12 notes. Simultaneously doing a set of tasks such as organising the right notes to be played at the right time, in the right order, using the right strength and speed, puts one's mind and fine motor skills to work. Some demanding pieces even require stamina and deep concentration.
During the first few lessons, finger independence is taught, especially between the ring, middle and pinky fingers. You will be using minute muscles that you never knew existed!
Playing the piano engages three senses - sight, hearing and touch. What is seen on the music score dictates the strength of touch, determining the tone produced on the piano. Put all these together, music engages the heart.
4) Developing a growth mindset
Researcher Carol Dweck theorises that there are two types of mindsets - fixed and growth. Growth mindset believes that intelligence and learning can grow and this group of people usually attain a higher level of achievement in life. As an adult, it is important that we constantly re-skill and learn new things. Playing the piano is one of the most rewarding activities you can pickup in your adulthood.
If you are interested in picking up the piano or coming back to it after years of absence, you can check out the many online instructional videos available. For more tailored and guided lessons, D-Flat Studios has the right teachers and curriculum.
We are also commencing a new Adult Beginner Piano (Group) class in July. This is our most popular Piano for Adults course and could be a great chance for you to take your first step. Adult Piano lessons have never been more accessible. You may want to consider enrolling for our Adult Beginner Piano Group class this July 2018!
Adult Beginner Piano (Group)
Day & Time: Wednesdays 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration: 10 weeks, 1hr per session
Course start date: 29th August 2018, Tuesday
Course fees: 450 nett, incl course materials
Address: Tanglin Studio - 356 Tanglin Road, Belvedere Block A, #03-01 Singapore 247674
Auntie Soo Choo, 79, playing Bach's Fugue 5 in D after only 1 week of practice! She is such an encouragement. Who says you're too old to learn!