Age Limit for Learning Piano

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Age Limit for Learning Piano

Postby maggielhy » Thu May 19, 2011 12:45 pm

Hi, I know I may sound rather silly, but is there an age range for piano beginners?

I heard that an adult will be less agile with his fingers, so it's rather difficult to pick up piano skills.

Is that true?

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Re: Age Limit for Learning Piano

Postby markfch » Thu May 19, 2011 4:36 pm

I guess it depends on what you hope to achieve. If you want to turn professional, then as an adult I think you've missed the boat. But if you just want to learn piano playing for personal enjoyment, then I don't think there is an age limit to being with.

I took beginner lessons while in my thirties; I know of someone who's taking beginner lessons after her semi-retirement and in the piano forums, I heard of people taking lessons in their seventies.

So what if my fingers are less agile now and my teacher spotted so many mistakes. When I play Beatles hits, I felt like I'm John Lennon despite all my mistakes. :wink:
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Re: Age Limit for Learning Piano

Postby SnowieBob » Thu May 19, 2011 4:47 pm

Theres no age limit, yes your fingers will need a lot practice for your muscles to build up. The flexibility too. I have a student, the mother is also learning from me around 40s. She is preparing to go for exam grade 2!

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Re: Age Limit for Learning Piano

Postby maggielhy » Thu May 19, 2011 9:18 pm

thanks for the encouragement, markfch and snowiebob.

I am not exactly keen on exam grades. Just want to know how to play. Guess i will give it a try soon. Gotta get a piano first i guess :)

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play-play not pray-pray

Postby peanut_butter » Fri May 20, 2011 12:11 am

I can't use my thump card "Tell your mother to see me next week!" when matured students don't practice.

Failure is due to the lack of application, not youth. Most adults have much commitments and nobody to account to, which makes it easy for them to skip practice. That in turn leads to little progress and large dose of disappointment.

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Re: Age Limit for Learning Piano

Postby Dreamaurora » Wed May 25, 2011 9:52 am

No I do not subscribe to this belief. I myself started learning from scratch at the age of 17 with only military band background (played saxophone, so at least can read treble clef) and quickly picked up the instrument. Entered NAFA full time to study piano and graduated with Honours. Now teaching full time and performing comfortably within my circles.

First, it is not true that adults will not be more agile. HOWEVER, it is true that adults will acquire the dexterity required to play more complex pieces more slowly. Another factor that adults will be a lot more prone to stage fright than young children because of the self-consciousness, and this may cause difficulties in performing or taking exams. But other than that with dedication and disciplined routine, an adult can be trained to play to post-grade 8 comfortably. I know because the majority of my students are teenagers and adults.

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Re: Age Limit for Learning Piano

Postby poppy15 » Tue May 31, 2011 1:14 pm

markfch wrote:I guess it depends on what you hope to achieve. If you want to turn professional, then as an adult I think you've missed the boat. But if you just want to learn piano playing for personal enjoyment, then I don't think there is an age limit to being with.

I took beginner lessons while in my thirties; I know of someone who's taking beginner lessons after her semi-retirement and in the piano forums, I heard of people taking lessons in their seventies.

So what if my fingers are less agile now and my teacher spotted so many mistakes. When I play Beatles hits, I felt like I'm John Lennon despite all my mistakes. :wink:


hi markfch, can i know where u took up piano lessons & what are the fees involved? i wld like to take up piano as well, just for lesiure.

or anyone out there, kindly advise. tks.

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Re: Age Limit for Learning Piano

Postby markfch » Tue May 31, 2011 1:32 pm

poppy15 wrote:hi markfch, can i know where u took up piano lessons & what are the fees involved? i wld like to take up piano as well, just for lesiure.

or anyone out there, kindly advise. tks.


I took my lessons at Yamaha in Clementi as it was quite near my place. Sch fees was about $150 per mth. I only learned those pop songs that I liked, especially those from my era aka Beatles, Carpenters. Luckily my T was pretty good in sight reading cos I always get her to play those songs first. Due to the age gap, she was not familar with most of the songs that I selected. So paiseh. :oops:

Did throw in some simplified classical songs just for the thrill.

Though I played with loads of mistakes, I enjoyed an in-the-zone blissful kind of feeling whenever I practise in the privacy of my home. It's like life can throw all sorts of unexpected problems at me, but when I'm with my piano, life can also be wonderful. It's a priceless kind of feeling, I can tell you that. :imcool:
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Re: Age Limit for Learning Piano

Postby poppy15 » Tue May 31, 2011 1:44 pm

markfch wrote:
poppy15 wrote:hi markfch, can i know where u took up piano lessons & what are the fees involved? i wld like to take up piano as well, just for lesiure.

or anyone out there, kindly advise. tks.


I took my lessons at Yamaha in Clementi as it was quite near my place. Sch fees was about $150 per mth. I only learned those pop songs that I liked, especially those from my era aka Beatles, Carpenters. Luckily my T was pretty good in sight reading cos I always get her to play those songs first. Due to the age gap, she was not familar with most of the songs that I selected. So paiseh. :oops:

Did throw in some simplified classical songs just for the thrill.

Though I played with loads of mistakes, I enjoyed an in-the-zone blissful kind of feeling whenever I practise in the privacy of my home. It's like life can throw all sorts of unexpected problems at me, but when I'm with my piano, life can also be wonderful. It's a priceless kind of feeling, I can tell you that. :imcool:


yeah, i get what u mean. my neighbour (20 years ago) used to play those TV drama 主题 song. she listen, then she work out the treble & bass clef herself, wrote the scores & played beautifully.

i so wished to play like her. :oops:
but lazy mum here dun think i hv the time & $$$$ :sad:

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Re: Age Limit for Learning Piano

Postby LANCEKLUSENER » Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:37 pm

Well The ideal age to learn the piano is Childhood because to learn is not so simple . In my view an ideal age for learning piano is 15 years .


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