Music Lessons During Retirement
Do you have a bucket list? Does it include learning a musical instrument? Lots of people find that retirement is the perfect time to pursue a new hobby or skill.
There is a lot of information out there about the importance of self care, pursuing your passions, and learning new skills. Unfortunately, many of us feel held back by our 9 to 5 jobs and postpone the pursuit of other activities until we have "more time." In general, I would like to encourage you to make time the things you enjoy before retirement because people who do report a higher quality of life during their working years. However, retirement really is a great time to start (or re-start) taking lessons! I can't tell you the number of times it has come up in conversation "Oh I used to play piano when I was a kid. I wish I hadn't quit..." Guess what?! It's not too late! There is not a magical age at which you can learn an instrument. Everyone is completely capable. Additionally, people of all ages will benefit from the study of music.
The Benefits of Music
There are many benefits to studying music at any age. Older adults may find that it improves memory and cognitive skills.
You may have heard that children who study music have higher test scores in their core subjects. Therefore, it stands to reason that adults may also have some cognitive benefits to pursuing music. When it comes to involvement in the arts there are many studies that show a reduction of stress levels, improvement to physical health, as well as more positive outlooks on life (1). Can crossword puzzles do that?
Are you convinced yet? Getting started is easy and remember, the benefits are in the process!
Decide on your instrument. Do you remember watching the symphony as a kid and being mesmerized by a particular instrument? Now is the perfect time to start learning! Maybe you already have access to an instrument from your younger days and you'd like to pick it back up. Whatever you choose, make sure you stick with it.
Find a great teacher or practice coach that can help you stay motivated to reach your goals. Students are generally more successful when they check in with a teacher for accountability each week.
Set aside a regular time to practice, preferably every day. A quiet place where you can really focus without distractions is important, so that you can reach an optimal state of focus and attention.
What will you choose?
Do you have an instrument in mind yet? If so, I would love to hear from you in the comments! If your instrument of choice happens to be piano, voice, or brass, reach out to Moeller Music Greater Tulsa. We are now offering Zoom lessons, so you can learn from anywhere! Be sure to follow us on Facebook @moellermusictulsa and feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
1.McCarthy, K., Ondaatje, E., Zakaras, L., & Brooks, A. (2004). Instrumental Benefits: What Research Tells Us—And What It Does Not. In Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate about the Benefits of the Arts (pp. 7-20). Santa Monica, CA; Arlington, VA; Pittsburgh, PA: RAND Corporation. Retrieved March 22, 2020, from www.jstor.org/stable/10.7249/mg218wf.8