You, too, can sing & play!


Pablo Picasso once mused, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." Picasso understood that it's not just kids that benefit from learning music. Adults also enjoy the good things that music has to offer.

For adults, it's really about finding that “inner” voice again. So many adults used to take lessons, and that feeling of accomplishment and serenity we felt when playing as s kid always beckons to us. That's really a testament to the power of music. Once you've got the bug, it's difficult to let it go.  Even if you haven’t sung in years, it’s really never too late to retrain the vocal cords just as you can other muscles in the body.  

Seniors are turning to music-making as not just an enjoyable pastime, but also for the health and wellness benefits such as enhanced immune systems, stress reduction, and staving off depression and loneliness.

Learning music...

  • Helps with job skills such as creative thinking, collaboration, social aptitude, expressive communication, and confidence.
  • Provides a creative outlet that balances work life, family life, and personal time.
  • Helps lower stress
  • Provides a way to be involved with others that share similar interests
  • Helps seniors stay active, vibrant, and mentally sharp and healthy

No matter what your dream, music has a way of helping you get there. Most adults don't have plans of quitting their day-job to start touring across the world, but they do use music to express themselves and share their passion with others.

“The reason I am taking lessons is because I'm planning a big surprise. In two years, my wife and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary. We met at a campfire on the beach, and I want to take her back to that beach, build a campfire, and sing goofy 80's pop tunes—just like we did back then.”

-Jake McDonald, San Francisco, CA

According to the 2008 NAMM Global Report on Music, 82% of adults who don't sing or play a musical instrument wish they did. And the reason is because, at the most basic level, music helps us feel better about ourselves.

I used to be part of the choir growing up, and I remember how great it felt to be on stage, singing, expressing myself, and being a part of something. Those feelings never left me. So, at age 47, I decided to start taking lessons again with my daughter. I don't have plans of being a performer or anything. I just want to get better and enjoy myself.

-Rhona Daughterty, Atlanta GA

Sometimes, work gets in the way of life, and the fun things we used to do gets forgotten. But, staying involved in music helps us remember our youth and have fun being ourselves.

We're all a little self-conscious about getting started singing. We wonder if we have the time, or if we're too old, or if the neighbors will hear us and wish we'd take up another hobby. But, honestly, you don't have to be gifted with natural ability to enjoy learning music. In fact, you don't even have to be that good. Work and family takes up most of the day, so music is about having fun. It's about living life with no regrets. It's about connecting with who you are, and being passionate about what you do.

-Steven Cox, CEO, TakeLessons

Older adults find that music lessons are a great way to stay mentally active. Many will join a choir or resume lessons for an instrument they played in the past to polish up their skills while others are interested in learning something brand new and acquiring a special talent. Music is known to be therapeutic and a great way to keep one's mind young!

Sometimes, work gets in the way of life, and the fun things we used to do are forgotten. Staying involved in music helps us remember our youth and have fun being ourselves. Something as simple as piano lessons for adults who once played the piano can bring back a sense of youth not found in any other activity.