Starting an Instrument After 50
If you never had the time, money or opportunity to learn a musical instrument or sing, you may feel that your chance to play music has passed you by. It hasn’t!
If you want to:
- Sit down at a piano and play a tune, but you don’t know how to play – you can learn.
- Pick up a guitar and play a piece of classical music; the blues; jazz; country; folk or bluegrass – you can learn.
- Play an instrument in an orchestra or band – you can set this as a goal and reach it sooner than you think. Get inspired by the New York Late Starters String Orchestra!
Not only can you begin the study of an instrument or voice in your 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond, a great deal of progress can be made in a relatively short amount of time. The secret to your success will be: giving yourself permission to be a student.
With the right guidance, you can develop your abilities in any direction you choose. In order to become a musician or singer after 50, you need to:
- Choose an instrument
- Choose a music style you want to start with (you can always add styles later)
- Buy, rent or borrow an instrument
- Locate a music teacher who focuses on adult learners
- Attend regular lessons
- Practice 10 to 30 minutes a day.
After only one year, you will be playing or singing in a way you never thought possible!