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Am I too old?

According to Dr. Edwin Gordon of Temple University, musical age is much more important than chronological age in determining your potential for successful music study. Dr. Gordon's research suggests that if you love to listen to music and can feel the beat, you can learn to play a musical instrument no matter how old or young you are.

Will I succeed?

Most adults do succeed. Learning to play a musical instrument as an adult is your choice. In fact, because you'll define what your goals are and because you bring so much life experience to your piano practice, you'll actually have a greater chance of success than some very talented children. The keys to learning to play the piano as an adult are: realistic expectations, consistent practice, perseverance, and personal desire.

The Health Benefits of Playing the Piano

Piano performance ranks high in the national guidelines, together with diet and exercise, as a way to stay healthy and lose weight. One hour of concentrated practice burns up to 240 calories. Piano practice improves posture and strengthens the hands and wrists, keeping them flexible. Senior citizens who are interested in maintaining good health and strength often decide to play the piano because it is a pleasant way to exercise the mind and body. Doctors often recommend the piano to people with arthritic fingers to loosen the joints and reduce painful inflammation. The most important health benefit from studying the piano may be the mental exercise of listening and responding to music. The concentration required to perform even simple pieces keeps the mind alert and attentive, which is something people need to do as they age.