Adult Music Students

ADULT MUSIC STUDENTS

At Rhapsody, we are excited to also offer lessons to adults. While it is true we have a large number of adolescent students, we also have a steadily growing number of adult students with a wide range of goals, ability levels, and experience. We are committed to making every single person who walks through the door feel welcome in our community, and we recognize that having greater diversity provides a richer and more fulfilling experience for our student body as a whole. Whether you played when you were younger and want to pick up your instrument again or you’re a complete beginner, Rhapsody is the perfect place to foster your musical interest!

WHY DO ADULTS TAKE LESSONS AT REJOICE?

Some common reasons are because they:

  • Played when they were younger and want to pick their instrument back up
  • Never took lessons but always wanted to learn!
  • Want to learn about music theory and how to write music
  • Want to learn or improve skills so they can play in a band, orchestra, or other ensembles
  • Want to learn how to play their favorite songs
  • Want a new, fun hobby

AM I TOO OLD TO LEARN AN INSTRUMENT?

If you’re wondering if you are too old to start taking lessons, you are not alone!

In fact, that is one of the most common questions we get from interested adults. And it is also one of the greatest myths! Even if you are a complete beginner and have never touched an instrument in your life, it is not too late to learn! While there are differences in the ways that children and adults learn new skills and retain information, this can actually work to your advantage. Here are some of the many reasons why it can actually be easier to learn an instrument as an adult:

DESIRE TO LEARN

On the most basic level, one key thing adult beginners have going for them is that they have made the distinct and conscious choice to learn their instrument. Having a genuine interest in learning how to play an instrument makes the process of learning not only more enjoyable for adult students, but also easier and more effective!

 

GREATER EMOTIONAL MATURITY

Because adults have more life experiences and greater emotional maturity, they are able to connect to the music they’re learning on a much deeper level. This leads to more expressive, dynamic performances of music.

 

BETTER CONCENTRATION AND ATTENTION SPAN

While children may get bored or distracted when trying to focus on one task for too long, adults are typically able to concentrate better for extended periods of time. Because adults have experienced the benefits of hard work and focus, they are more willing to repeat a task until they have mastered it and learned a new skill. This comes in handy both in the lesson room and while practicing at home!

 

ABILITY TO QUICKLY GRASP COMPLEX CONCEPTS

Typically, it is much easier for adult students to understand more complex technical concepts, such as music theory. While children may listen to a piece of music and be able to determine whether or not they like it and even whether they connect to it emotionally, adults are more apt to pick up on the patterns and form of the music, which makes for a more interesting performance.