What is the best age to start learning?
As someone who has been teaching music for over 20 years, I have been fortunate enough to have taught students from every age group imaginable. And the one constant that I continue to see is the misconception by many adults that there's a certain “window” that their child needs to start learning music by. The age varies, depending on the parent, but the age limit seems to be around the age of 12. This imaginary window has even prevented many adults and adolescents from wanting to take lessons, with many basing this off of the false idea that it'd be too late to start learning from scratch or that there would be no point in doing so. I'm here to tell you that this cannot be further from the truth.
While I did start learning classical piano at the age of 5, I've always strived to continue to learn and improve upon my skills, and I can honestly say that, as an adult, I've learned just as much as I did when I was a little girl. That's the wonder of music. There's always room for improvement, and the possibilities are literally endless.
Music is something that you can start learning at any age, as long as you have an open-mind and are willing to embrace it. You'll find that, no matter the instrument, learning to play it and continuing to hone your skills can be just as awarding for you personally as a teenager or adult as it would be for a child. And don't worry about learning to appreciate it. Once you choose to learn an instrument that suits you, that'll come naturally.
All of this is possible because music is an art form that can positively affect your life in ways that you would never even think of. I've witnessed firsthand how some of my older students have grown to love learning how to play an instrument, even though they were reluctant to even start. Many have even told me that it has carried over into their personal relationships and overall happiness. You don't have to have a background in it or to even have a particular passion for it at first. Life is about taking chances and not limiting your mindset.
Music is about creativity. It's about demonstrating commitment. And most importantly, it's about being rewarded for your efforts. It's also about improving yourself as a person, mentally and physically. I can cite numerous studies that have shown that learning music helps with your overall productivity, memory retention, and anxiety, not to mention even improving sleep disorders in many cases.
For me personally, music may be my profession, but I play instruments for the pure joy that it has given me in life, allowing me to open up my mind in many ways and truly gain a sense of peace. There's a certain simplistic beauty in it, even when playing a complicated instrument, which I have yet to discover anywhere else.
It's a skill and a passion that will keep on rewarding you no matter where you are in life.
Testimonial: “Oksana is an amazing music teacher! Without any previous knowledge of piano, I learned to play Chopin's Nocturne #20 in C sharp minor in just 10 classes. I would recommend her without any reservations.“ (Click for Shervin Youssefian playing Chopin.)
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Oksana Kolesnikova is the founder of the Oksana School of Music serving Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Rancho Palos Verdes and Valencia Areas and is a successful artist and entrepreneur.