Music is for everyone. We don’t teach math and science only to kids who show an interest. We teach it to everyone, because everyone can use math and science. Guess what? Everyone can use music, too. We all hear, sing, or make music every day!
Piano is a tool; learning and making music is the goal. You don’t have to have a great acoustic piano at your house to study. If you want to be a concert pianist, you’re going to need an acoustic grand piano to practice on. Short of that, there’s a lot we can do to start learning music. Instrument quality is important. But the most fundamental instrument of music making is your wonderful brain!
Adults: it’s not too late to learn music. Trust me on this! Jump right in, the water’s great. Even better if you have a friend or partner to learn with. A logically sequenced curriculum coupled with excellent technical instruction works at any age.
Babies: it’s not too early to learn music! And if you’re a baby reading this I congratulate you on your reading skills! Research shows children from birth through 9 years of age make extraordinary gains in their music potential when adults sing to them and chant rhythm patterns on a regular basis. But it doesn’t work with recordings!
Parents: don’t worry about whether your child will take to it. A child might stick with music lessons long term and they might not, but you won’t know ‘til you try. Find a teacher who teaches music as a lively art form. Kids and adults respond to substance and content, not gimmicks.
We need you. No language is more than one generation away from extinction. Music is no exception. We need a thriving community of music learners to perform, produce, and compose music, and to be a receptive and knowledgeable audience! Right now our community is underserved. There are kids and adults with remarkable musical potential who never get the opportunity to fulfill it. We can’t afford to turn anyone away.
Instead of finding your passion, develop it! In closing, music doesn’t have to be your only driving passion to be worth studying. If you’re interested, try it out! You might find that your passion grows along with your understanding.