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Can you be Too Old for Music Lessons?

Interesting insights about never being "too old" to take music lessons

Released on July 17, 2013

  
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Laura Chaskes on January 1, 2014 @5:34 am PST
I started cello lessons at 65. I'm now 73. It's been a struggle because I have physical limitations, but I've enjoyed the journey. I thought 65 was old until I saw that easmith started at 79!
maria josé on September 28, 2013 @7:39 pm PST
I play the piano since I was 11.Now I am 85 and I am very happy having the company of Bach,Beethpven and all pf the others musicians.
Nelda * VSM MEMBER * on August 18, 2013 @8:46 am PST
Never, never too old. I am 51- doing my accompanist and choir exam next year! Keeps the Alzheimers away!
Scott Myers * VSM MEMBER * on August 7, 2013 @6:19 am PST
Robert- Your video is well produced and your topic is thought out and makes sense. I would however, want to add that an adult has better motor skills available to learn a new instrument and that fact is important in determining whether or not to learn at a later age. If you can drive a car, many of the same muscles and nerves are used in playing an instrument. I think that using a concrete reason as opposed to your reasons will help someone make a better decision about tackling this exciting venture into music.
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Robert - host, on August 7, 2013 @11:54 am PST
You are right. very young children don't have the motor skills or mature brain of an adult. However, they are very malleable and develop quickly. Another advantage adults have is size. This is particularly helpful with certain instruments like piano, double bass, trombone and more.
Maria * VSM MEMBER * on July 17, 2013 @8:39 pm PST
Thank you Robert, you are SO encouraging!
Kathleen * VSM MEMBER * on July 17, 2013 @8:09 pm PST
Hi, I had always wanted to play the piano since I was very young,
So after my 50th birthday I decided that now it was time, I found a wonderful piano teacher and have been playing for just over a year, I won't be a concert pianist but I enjoy it very much, so you can learn at any age.
esmith236 on July 17, 2013 @6:13 pm PST
Started Cello lessons at 79 and am now 81. Having a wonderful time and got lucky to have one of the finast cello coahes.
Deb on July 17, 2013 @4:11 pm PST
I started from scratch at 47 - learning alto sax, I passed 3rd grade in just over a year, now I'm working towards 5th grade and approaching 49. I had to learn to read music and I'm still learning - whilst I'm just scratching the surface in term of skill the journey has been the best of my life so far. The key for me was finding a great teacher and lots of practice.
Pat * VSM MEMBER * on July 17, 2013 @12:07 pm PST
Love your videos! But this one really hit home...I always wanted to play the flute, but in the 4th grade, my parents decided it wouldn't be good for my neck, so they started me with a 1/4 size violin. I played violin through college, then stopped to have a family and a career. BUT, as soon as I retired, I found a flute teacher, and now I'm happily playing the instrument I've always loved. No, I won't be a Jean Pierre Rampal, but who cares?!
george lwebandiza on July 17, 2013 @5:33 am PST
I started to learn to play the piano at the age of 35. This happened when I was transferred to a remote station where there was nothing to occupy me and my colleagues after work. It is always very frustrating when you have nothing to do after work. The house I was occupying had a piano and so I started playing it, later I started learning how to read music. I can now play some not so difficult compositions. I do not regret the time I spent learning to play the instrument, because now being a retired former civil servant, I can spend hours playing it, I now can play it in churches on Sundays. I also help in teaching choirs in schools and churches. The piano has made me become a busy man again after my retirement.
paul West on July 17, 2013 @4:44 am PST
Very good and refreshing!
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