Music Is a Powerful Instrument for Healthy Aging

If you are interested in keeping your mind sharp in the years ahead, you may want to put down the TV remote and pick up a guitar, a set of drumsticks or a violin bow.

If you missed out on weekly music lessons as a kid, is it too late to pick it up when you’re on the other side of 50?

The short answer is: no. Turns out, adults have some key advantages over children when it comes to learning how to play an instrument. Adult students tend to be more analytical and able to process information more systematically allowing them to learn faster by correcting mistakes more effectively. Adults actually want to learn the instrument & excited to play music for the sole purpose of playing — no one force you.

According to a study published by the American Psychological Association, playing an instrument as a child keeps the mind sharper as we age.

Have you’ve heard that “music soothes the savage beast?” Well that includes the proverbial beasts in your brain. Studying music can reduce stress, anxiety, blood pressure, and feelings of loneliness.

Learning an instrument can be a fantastic way to get out into the world and meet new people on your own terms.

By the way, using an iPad with a digital piano can help your understanding and relating to music be even more fun and more intuitive. There are great applications available for piano learning and some are free and others are a very low cost.

Now is the time to learn to play that instrument you always wanted to or to return to playing one. Regardless of your age, there is no time limit on learning to play music. Pick an instrument you love, and I can help you learn and take the time to enjoy your new hobby.