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Can You Learn to Play Piano as An Adult

Can you learn to play piano as an adult?

If I had a dollar for every time an adult came up to me and told me “I took piano lessons as a child, and wish I hadn’t quit”, then I would not have to teach piano at all.

But, can you really learn to play the piano as adult? What are the challenges to doing so?

You Have to Practice

This is a well known factor in learning play or do anything. If you don’t practice your new skill, then you won’t reap the rewards.

But how long should you practice, and how often? How long it takes you to learn something is directly proportionate to the time you spend working on it. But, as an adult when you combine working, and all of the responsibilities that come along with life, it can be hard, so I like to use this rule

The Rule of 10

As a mom of 6, business woman and teacher, it can also be hard for me to get in my practice time. So, I went and bought a small kitchen timer.

The Rule of 10 works like this. When you need to practice, set your timer immediately for 10 minutes and sit down to play.

When the timer goes off, re-evaluate if you want to keep going or if you need to move on to something else.

Often times, it’s the getting started that hinders what you want to achieve. So set your timer for 10 minutes and then re-evaluate.

It’s that simple, and can go a long way in learning to play the piano as an adult.

How long will it take to learn to play?

That depends on you and the teaching methods of your teacher. What I have learned is that adults need an easy, method to learn to play for their own enjoyment.  Therefore, teaching you from the beginning a strict classical way to play probably will not work for you.

What you need is an easy, quick way to understand the piano and be able to play it through songs that you love. Not everyone wants to learn to play “Fur Elise” by Beethoven, but lots want to learn to play what songs they grew up listening to.

You should find a teacher that has both classical training, and modern day training so that you can practically learn how to play for your own enjoyment.

If you’re looking for that kind of piano teacher, email me here and let’s chat! ParkHillPianoStudio1@Gmail.Com


Park Hill Performing Arts Academy Opens January 18, 2015

In 2012, I moved to Historic Park Hill in North Little Rock, and set up shop in my house to start over building a clientele of students on this side of the river. I had been teaching 7 years already, and was accustomed to teaching about 45 kids and adults per week.

When we made the decision to move to North Little Rock, not many decided to come across the river, so there I was building up a business again, and I named it Park Hill Piano Studio. The studio operated successfully, and within a few years, I had built my business back up.

I remember the day that I was sitting at my piano, and thought…”either take a leap and go to a commercial location, or stay here where you can’t take any more students”. So, I gathered up my purse, and got in the car.  I drove down W H. Ave, and stopped at the light, and lo and behold…right across the street staring back at me was a “For Lease” sign.

Park Hill Performing Arts Academy

I don’t believe too much in coincidence. I think everything is setting up and presenting itself at the right time. So I took the number down, and a few weeks later I was painting the walls of my new place!

Park Hill Performing Arts Academy

I can’t tell you how excited I am to serve the North Little Rock, Sherwood, Jacksonville, and Cabot areas with piano lessons, guitar lessons, voice lessons, and acting classes. I even have enough space to bring back the toddler music classes and rockin’ music birthday parties!

The Open House is set for Sunday, January 18th from 2 to 4 pm. Come by and take a look, and register to win 3 months of lessons of your choice!

Can’t wait to meet all of you!

~Ms. Lena