October 22, 2016

About the Author: Stefan Joubert

Stefan Joubert manages the London Piano Institute, a premier destination for adult piano learners seeking individualised instruction and progress towards their musical goals. He believes anyone can learn to play regardless of age or ability!

Piano with a Chopin score

Top 5 reasons why it’s never too late to learn the piano

Never think that you are too old to learn the piano!

It’s a proven fact that adults have successfully learned to play the piano to a very proficient standard even when starting at an older age!

In fact, playing an instrument has plenty of benefits for adults, whether they’re in their 20s or are enjoying their retirement. If you love music and dream of sitting at a piano playing your favourite classical tune or jazz song, it’s time to stop making excuses and book your first piano lesson.

There are so many reasons to take up the piano but here are our top 5:

  1. You will reduce stress – As we become adults our day to day lives can be filled with pressure, whether it’s from a stressful job or a busy family life. Listening to and playing music has been proven to help reduce stress levels. Taking up piano lessons can give you some much needed time to switch off and relax for a while, letting you recharge so you’re ready to tackle another day.
  2. You will increase your cognitive abilities – Studies have shown that playing the piano can help boost memory and build patterns that are important to learning. Keeping your memory and cognitive abilities tip-top is essential and learning the piano will do just that! If you’re starting to learn the piano later in life it can help to build your memory while doing something that you love.
  3. You will enjoy a much richer (musical) life! – Gaining a new skill is fulfilling and mastering a beautiful piece of music is no different. While it can be a challenge to learn to play the piano later in life the feeling of pride when you accomplish a new melody or tune means that it’s well worth it. You’ll certainly appreciate all of the hard work you’ve put in.
  4. You will meet new people – If you’ve found your social circle has dwindled or simply want to meet new people, taking up group piano lessons is a great way to meet some like-minded people. You’ll have lots of opportunities to forge friendships with people who you already have something in common with.
  5. The joy of playing – Simply playing the piano is a joy and one that can be appreciated at any age. You’re never too old to take up the piano and spend some ‘me’ time doing something that you love.


The biggest secret to becoming a successful pianist at an older age is to just get started! The second secret is to select the right place to learn the piano. Without excellent education, it will be very difficult to reach your goals!

At the London Piano Institute, we genuinely believe that you are a talented individual and that you CAN LEARN how to play the piano.

Regardless of whether you’ve had any prior experience, take a leap of faith and get started today to make your piano dreams a reality!

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