If there’s one thing that’s on many people’s “bucket list,” it’s learning to play an instrument. For many people, the instrument they turn to is the piano. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about learning to play the piano that may turn off potential students. Here’s a look at some of the most common myths, and the real truth behind them.
Myth #1: Adults are too old to learn
Many people have the common misconception that children are able to learn more quickly than adults, especially when trying to learn another language or an instrument. That’s actually not true. Children aren’t more “receptive” to learning, but they are often less burdened down by everything else in life. What really matters is the level of dedication and practice you’re willing to commit to. There’s never an age where you’re “too old” to learn an instrument. Many music teachers find that their favorite students are senior citizens!
Myth #2: A piano student should always start learning with classical music
When the vision of a student learning to play the piano comes to mind, it’s almost always a picture of someone pecking at keys as they try to navigate a complicated piece from Beethoven or another classical composer. While that is where most people begin, it certainly doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, when you study more modern music, it’s easier to learn about chords and to become a sight reader. Then you learn to interpret music overall. If playing classical music isn’t your goal, start off with something else. But even if classical music is your goal, learning modern music first can give you skills that translate to that style as well.
Myth #3: Learning the piano takes a lot of practice each and every day
One thing many piano teachers and piano schools try to implement into their students is “practice, practice, practice.” Learning to play the piano does seem a little daunting, so it may seem like you’ll need hours and hours of practice. But doing that is a quick way to become burned out and bored. Practicing in short bursts (around 30 or 45 minutes each day) is often more helpful than slogging through long sessions, and taking occasional days off helps to refocus. If you feel like you don’t have time to learn the piano, just know that it takes a few hours a week–not a few hours a day–to acquire basic piano skills.
Don’t let these myths fool you! If you have ever considered learning to play the piano, there’s never been a better time. With a little practice and a commitment to truly learning, you’ll be on your way to being a great piano player in no time.Read More