TakeLessons Shares Key Benefits of Taking Music Lessons as an Adult

TakeLessons, the nation's fastest growing music lessons provider, challenges adults who think they're too old to learn a new music instrument.

Online PR News – 21-February-2012 – – This Presidents Day, TakeLessons (http://takelessons.com), the nation's fastest growing music lessons provider, explored the influence of music on past presidents, noting that many presidents played instruments even later in life. For many adults, the idea of taking music lessons may be entertained, but excuses often take precedence. In an effort to motivate and inspire adults to go through with their dreams, TakeLessons took the opportunity to share a list of key benefits of taking music lessons at a later age.

The following is an excerpt from the TakeLessons blog post listing the advantages:

"1. You’ll be learning of your own volition. Children often have to be persuaded to practice and attend music lessons. Adults, on the other hand, don’t need to be dragged, kicking and screaming, to their teacher. Adult music lessons are thus almost invariably a pleasure for both student and teacher.

2. You can learn complex concepts much more easily and understand technical explanations. This makes it possible for adults to learn music theory far more easily than children do. The importance of being able to analyze and understand a piece of music from the beginning of study cannot be overstated. Nothing is more common than students who attain skill on an instrument but who have only a rudimentary understanding of the music, which severely limits their playing in ways they cannot imagine. Most adults are able to grasp the elements of music and musical structures quite readily, like a scientist who understands how the world works.

3. You have a developed attention span. Children’s attention spans, by contrast, are often limited to only a few minutes at a time. It takes careful concentration to learn an instrument, and adults have a considerable advantage in this regard. Progress on a musical instrument is a matter of accumulating many hours of concentrated, careful practice.

4. You are emotionally developed. Music, after all, is the most directly emotional of the arts, and its wide spectrum of emotions can only be expressed and comprehended by those who have experienced those emotions themselves. Emotion in music has very much to do with musical vocabulary (harmony, or how tones combine) and how they extend in time and create musical forms. The former is music’s vertical dimension (notes in relation to one another at any given moment), and the latter its horizontal (how notes relate to one another in the listener’s aural memory).

5. You can to read fluently. Very young children can’t yet read letters or numbers, which necessitates more basic teaching methods. Note names, musical instructions and fingering numbers are not the only things that require the ability to read letters and numbers: the fascinating areas of music history and theory, so critical to playing music competently, do as well."

By sharing the list with blog readers, TakeLessons aims to continue engaging current students and teachers. Readers are invited to share their thoughts by commenting on the TakeLessons blog, where they can also learn about being a great music teacher, and comments are also welcomed on Facebook (http://facebook.com/takelessons).

About TakeLessons
Headquartered in San Diego, CA, TakeLessons is America's full-service music and voice lessons provider. With private lessons taught by TakeLessons Certified™ instructors in cities nationwide, students of all ages can start living their dreams through music. Founded in 2006 to help people discover their creativity and pursue their passions, TakeLessons also offers turnkey music programs for schools and community centers.

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