Be prepared for:
Playing the piano is very physical, so your fitness and energy level will be a larger factor in your evidential success.
Tips to keep the journey moving along
BTW I took up drumming at age 50. I now play with the Toronto Concert Band.
Until the 19th century improvisation was expected from musicians of "classical" music. From cadenzas in Mozart to repeats in Baroque dance suites musicians and audiences alike expected and eagerly anticipated the performer's flights of fancy. I'm pleased to report that today young Classical musicians are much more open to improvising in classical music than are musicians of my generation.
I'd be pleased to show you how to improvise in both the Baroque and Classical style. Just ask.
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.