Do I have enough time to take piano lessons?
Given the demands of our over scheduled lives, most adults will have to give up something to make room for something else.
Search this "how many hours does the average adult spend surfing on their phones?"
Cutting that in half will free up enough time to learn anything.
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Preparing to succeed is the first step. Here are some things you can do to prepare.
1. Understanding how to use Zoom. Setting up the camera so that I can see your hands and you can see me as well. Most students set up the laptop on a table to the left side of the piano.
2. You need to create a realistic schedule for practicing. This may take longer than you realise. But with realistic thinking it is possible.
3. Organize and dedicate a practice space for productive work.
4. Fully understand the costs involved.
5. Tell all your significant others of your plans so that they can support you.
6. You will need to lean on your strengths when the going gets tough and life gets in the way. I'm a learner too, you can ask me how I organize my learning.
Here's to learning.
All I can add is this. Say and do these things long before they are teens. Set and normalize these healthy behaviors/patterns when they are young.
Sometimes we all need a break. Maintaining focused attention for the years it will take to master an instrument can be overwhelming.
How do I deal with it?
I take some time off to rest, contemplate and recommit to the project. My project is drumming, yours is piano. I seek out time for deep listening, exploring new perspectives, and solitary practice.
My solitary practices this summer is to master the work from the last year of lessons.
I have rediscovered the joy of piano practice with my daily “breakfast piano minute” video series posts.
I am reading some novels, reconnecting with friends in our post Covid environment, and takings walks in the woods.
Some similar activities may help you too stay on top of things.
How many hobbies can one-person juggle?
Depends. I juggle one. I had two, but Covid19 put an end to that.
I’ve students who try to juggle 3 or more while holding down jobs, spouses, children, and life. They often looked stressed. How do my less stressed students do it? Here are some tactics they follow:
Do you remember why you were attracted to piano in the first place? Put up a post it note on the piano to keep it front of mind.
Keeping a hobby, a hobby can be an issue. Students, like athletes can easily burnout if they don't monitor their current activity with their original motivation for taking lessons.
Adults can be especially vulnerable to this problem. Trying to catch up for lost time they often over practice, which over time leads to exhaustion and/or injury.
Learning piano is a journey that lasts a lifetime. Focus on the process, not the destination is often quoted in the success literature. I concur.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.