What’s holding you back?
What’s holding you back from playing that instrument you’ve always wanted? Or, what’s holding you back from starting lessons for your child when you know how great it could be and they will probably love it?
Even when we know we should start lessons, there’s often something holding us back. Don’t worry - it’s normal! We speak with people about this all the time. In fact, it’s so common that we’ve put together our list of the top five excuses we hear from people who are deciding whether or not they should take lessons, along with additional perspectives we hope you’ll find helpful.
See if you can relate to any of these:
1. My child’s too young, aren’t they?
Did you take lessons as a kid? Think back to about how old you were when you started… 8, 9 or older? Today, we know that it’s really great to start at a young age, as long as it’s the right program or instrument. In fact, the earlier, the better… when children's hearing skills are developing most rapidly.
So what age do we recommend? For our Yamaha group classes, kids can start as young as 3 years old. For individual lessons on an age-appropriate instruments, children can begin as young as 6 in our RealKids program.
2. I’m too old.
SO many adults today are looking to fulfill a lifetime wish and finally learn to play the music they love. And the good news is that it is NEVER too late! Learning (or relearning) how to play music is fun. It challenges you and helps you to grow.
Research has shown that playing music as an adult also has many surprising health benefits. Plus, it’s just a great way to meet new people and have fun.
3. Music lessons are expensive, right?
We get it… lessons can be a significant investment. But it’s the type of investment that’s nearly guaranteed to reap significant rewards, both for today and in the future. Music learning and performance is healthy for both the mind and the body. It’s educational, fun and rewarding. It is something that you’ll always have… that’s the kind of investment you can get excited about.
4. We’re too busy!
Between school, sports, and other activities, you may be weary of having “one more thing” to stay on top of. But if you value a well-rounded educational experience, the enduring social and psychological benefits of music are enormous — in ways that are totally unique to music education.
And yes you’ll be making time to practice, but it’s probably less than you think. A consistent daily practice of just 20 to 30 minutes is all you need to get started.
5. I can teach myself, can't I?
Sure, you can! Many musicians attribute their own success, at least in part, to self-directed learning. But they also all report that without an inspirational teacher to help them discover their path, they may have quit music altogether before getting traction.
Quality one-on-one instruction is key, and music is meant to be shared. Learning on your own is better than nothing, but you’re missing out on all the fun that comes with being a part of great community where you can meet, play, and share with others.
No more excuses! We're here to help.
So those are the top 5 most common reasons we hear for not taking music lessons. If you can relate to any (or all!) of them, just contact us today to learn how you can take the next steps to get started.Like this article and video? Here are some others you may enjoy:
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