Being an adult who has decided to enter the world of learning the new language of music is daunting for many reasons, but I’m here to show you that there are also amazing advantages of learning flute as an adult.
First of all we should note that once you put the intimidation factor aside, you are golden. For example, you are essentially in charge of your own life schedule. Most of the time, you can work around what you already have going on, and making practicing the flute a priority on your list of daily to-do’s is just a matter of decision.
Think about it, plan it out, and do it. You can!
Unlike a child who is not in a position to purchase their own needs and wants, you (as an adult) can make a plan and work towards that new metronome or shiny new flute. Think about it, plan it out, and do it. You can!
As an adult-learner, you are already equipped with the skills it takes to self-learn on a much higher level than a child can and at a much faster pace. Assuming you have yourself a system that allows you to move at a quick pace, you’re motivated, have the equipment / tools, and it’s just a matter of getting it into your noggin’ and body fast enough, right? I say go for it!
Understanding certain musical concepts is much easier as an adult because you’ve already been through school where you had to learn spacial reasoning and algebra, etc. Every school subject helps in the world of music. And, vice-a-versa, every musical subject helps in the academic world as well. Music will help you to continue getting smarter!
Adults who are interested in learning a musical instrument usually have years and years of tunes already stuck in their heads. The more you’ve listened, the more you “know” in a sense- even without having had years of formal lessons. There is a LOT to be said about the unwritten or unspoken rules of music. Sometimes you know it just ‘feels’ right. And, usually it is!
Also, branching out to new genres of music are not only a possibility when studying as an adult, but this is also an important part of feeding your creativity. I feel that music is not supposed to be stuck in one square peg. I think if it were, then there would only be one type of radio station, and everyone would love listening to it. Nope, Nope. Learning musicians, along with the rest of the population love discovering all types of music.
It’s fun to be an adult in charge of your own learning. What kinds of adventures in music will you be having this year? Let us know!