When I’m working with adults, the first thing I ask is, “So, what brought you to music lessons?” Over the years, I am happy to say that I have found many people coming simply to HAVE FUN, and that is good enough for me!
But there are many other reasons for seeking out lessons as an adult:
Revitalizing their Music
Some people find their way to lessons later in life in the hopes of learning new ways of being with their instrument. After years of early training, they find they no longer have solid technique or they simply don’t know how to apply their classical training to what they want to play or sing now: pop, folk, jazz or rock. They often want to learn to accompany themselves on the piano when they’re singing.
Fulfilling Life-Long Desires
Some people have wanted to take lessons their entire lives and are just now getting around to it. Bravo for that!
Professionals in the music world come for help with audition material or to work on technical issues they are coming up against.
Challenging the Past
Many people were told as children that they weren’t good singers or that they lacked musical talent. They want to change these negative voices in their heads and find new ways to enjoy making music. When I meet a new student with this history I immediately feel hopeful. It takes a remarkable amount of courage to challenge this negativity and discover their true musical abilities.
Finding your Musical Voice
Those are just a few of the reasons adults take voice and piano lessons. I’m sure there are many more and I encourage any and all “reasons” to make their way through my door.
I strongly encourage all of my students to find their own material to sing or play: material that reflects who they are and what they feel. From there we explore the instrument with as much openness as possible. Whether it’s scales, breath work, chording or learning pieces, each class is tailored to the needs of the individual student as we work together to discover the student’s unique musical voice.