Updated: Jan 13
Classical music and most specifically piano can come to us at very different points of our life. My former maestro, Bruno Gelber, used to say that for the majority of people, classical music arrives during maturity.
Does this mean that it is too late for mature students to develop practical piano skills? Not really. There's not a minimum age for piano lessons. As opposite to sports, performing the piano is an activity we can carry on doing until the very last stages of our lives. Developing this skill can help us support our mental wellbeing, and most important can stabilize our emotional patterns. Playing the piano and, most importantly, learning all the mysteries it entangles help us improving and maintaining our intellectual abilities.
Music and emotions: Parallelisms In the act of ordering the dynamics, we apply to a certain piece we also explore how we tend to categorize our own emotions. Unbelievable as it might sound, when we decide how to approach the climax of a phrase, we are also reflecting our anxiety levels. How quickly we reach f or p? Well, that also reflects how much we appreciate delicacy or strength. It can also show hidden areas related to our problem-solution-mechanisms. We create and order our performance in a similar way we deal with our internal world. Music is the most abstract of arts, nothing can be closer to depict the most mysterious corners of our emotions. We play in the same way we organize our emotions. It is fabulous to see how organizing our performances, can help us to learn and to balance better the way we deal with the rest of our reality. In most of cases, this happens passively. In this way, playing the piano can become your best psychological session ever.
Keeping your mind fresh and active Learning to play the piano implies learning the whole of a new language, learning a new sport and applying a new philosophy to your everyday life. Learning music involves understanding a completely new set of symbols, that depict the behavior of something totally abstract: emotions. In addition to the latter, and with the exception of singing, we need to use an external device to “verbalise” this language. This is the ultimate linguistic challenge.
How long does it take to learn piano?
It mostly depends on the way and how much the student practices. During the lesson, mistakes can be fixed and directions on how to practice can be given, but the consistency of practicing every day is essential for the correct development of the skills.
What age to start piano lessons is the best? When to start piano lessons ?
It is easy to think that if you don't start piano lessons being a child, you won't get the same skills, but this statement might not be true. Some pianists started being children, while other great pianists might have started playing piano in their adulthood. Whether you're a child or an adult, it's never too late to start learning the piano. The most important thing is consistency, work, and motivation.
How do we teach adult beginners?
Teaching mature people how to start making their first steps into classical music requires special skills. At WKMT London we have a dedicated team of piano teachers specialized in delivering piano lessons for adults. Why? Because delivering beginner piano lessons can prove to be a daunting task. In order to ensure results, our piano tutors are focused on learning from the students the same as much as they teach. After having understood our students’ learning style in the first piano classes, then we will proceed to create a specific study plan which will cover the four main aspects of piano and music learning: listening, analyzing, performing, and creating.