Never Too Late to Learn: The Adult Piano Student's Surprise Advantage
We were at a poolside gathering, talking about our summers. And with new acquaintances, the inevitable "What do you do? What's your occupation?" comes up.
I brace myself for the wide range of reactions to "piano coach." Some people hear "piano" and get excited. Others start recounting horror stories of their own childhood lessons involving agony around reading sheet music, "the left hand," and frustration practicing.
Inevitably, a few people get sad. One guy talks about how his kids are in lessons and doing well. He is on the verge of tears about how he had always wanted to play piano. He'd never gotten the chance. When he asked me when I started, and I said, "Age 5," it confirmed the mental picture that it takes years of lessons at a young age. Piano lessons are for super-talented & driven kids. It's just "too late."
My theory is people have seen too many social media videos. You know -...