How to succeed at classical piano lessons after the age of 40, 50, 60, and beyond: What are the possibilities?
Can you reach your potential?
It can be done. You can learn to play beautifully. You can reach your potential. First the short list of tips/strategies/tactics of classical piano success.
1. Have a specific goal. “I want to play piano, I like Beethoven” is a bit vague. “I’ve been going to piano recitals over the last few years. I’m really intrigued with what I’ve heard. I’d like to see what my potential at the piano might be exploring the Classical canon. I like Bach, Beethoven, and Clara Schumann.” Or, “I want to sit for and pass my Grade 1 piano exam”. Or, “I want to play four hand piano duets with my grand-daughter, she has just started Grade 2 piano, can you help me?”
2. Dedicate time and financial resources to the project.
3. Find caring teachers and supporting environments to work in.
4. Get started.
But, the big question for me as a teacher is what does “reaching your potential mean?”
What is your potential? Good question. The best answer I can come up with is this: Your willingness to work effectively, enthusiastically, and methodically with what you have will reveal your potential. And, time.
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.