The studies are clear. Studying music early in your life can improve academic performance and help kids build confidence.
When we hit our teens, many of us put music aside to pursue our academic careers, start families, and get on with life. If you become a parent, the growth and development of your kids takes precedence — and we sacrifice a lot of time and energy to make sure our kids get a healthy start in life.
For me, becoming an “empty nester” re-awakened old desires: to learn to play the piano, an instrument that I’ve always enjoyed but had never successfully mastered beyond picking out a few notes with one hand. I had played the violin through public school and into college — at one point had considered music as a career — but as the years slipped by, active playing had fallen out of my life.
So, at the age of 53, with the encouragement of my husband and the Christmas gift of an electric piano, I began taking lessons. 18 months later, I now own a grand piano and have acquired enough skill to negotiate a few Bach Inventions and my first Beethoven Sonata (#19 in G minor). At the same time, my husband has struck up an acquaintance with an instrument he loves: the saxophone.
Along the way, I’ve talked to a number of people who share my dream of learning to play a new instrument, or returning to an old friend, and once again making music on a regular basis. There are a lot of people like me out there, toiling in the personal private space that music practice creates. And I’ve learned that the benefits of making music aren’t just for the young.
This blog hopes to create connections among similar midlife musicians. To share stories. To find each other and get together to play music together.
Join the journey — and share your passion.