Adult Music Lessons in Ridgefield
Music Lessons for Adult Learners
Can I learn to play an instrument or sing better…even at my age?
The answer is, absolutely! We have many adult learners at our school. Most were a bit reluctant to get started. There are many “myths” about learning to sing or play a musical instrument. One myth is that you have to start when you are young. We have had many adult students begin lessons well into their 80s, and they have found great joy and satisfaction from it. Our teachers will help you establish realistic goals, and with your input, develop a plan for what you will learn and how you will practice at home.
Aside from the enjoyment of making music, are there other benefits to learning to play music as an adult?
Numerous studies have shown that there are significant health benefits for adults who study music on a regular basis. (Note: Visit our Facebook or Instagram pages for links to several of these studies that we have posted over the years). Some of those health benefits include stress reduction, enhanced memory, and a boost to one’s self-confidence. Our adult students also tell us that they enjoy being a part of our “community” of teachers, students, and staff, where we all share in the joy of making music. All of these are wonderful reasons to decide to do something that is also just plain fun!
We believe that the best way to learn music at any age is with one-on-one, private instruction. Each lesson is tailored to the way the student learns best. Our teachers take into account age, experience, personality, and other factors as they develop their approach to each person’s lessons. In private lessons, adult learners are better able to study the type of music they are most interested in. Our teachers can focus 100% of their attention on that one person. That ensures that you will always be learning the correct hand positioning and posture, or fully grasping the music notation or theory topic being taught. If you are having particular difficulty in one area, the teacher can spend more time on it. Alternatively, if you are excelling in one area, the teacher can move on to another song or topic. We teach 4-year-olds, and we teach seniors…. it’s never “too late” to learn how to play music.
We care about your musical interests
Loving the music you play is essential to a good learning experience for students of all ages. That is why our teachers will always strive to help you learn the style and types of music you enjoy. And if you aren’t quite sure what music might be the most enjoyable to learn, our teachers will help you discover it! Whether you’re taking your first lesson, or returning to lessons after many years, or if you are already playing in local bands, we’ll develop a plan so that you will achieve your musical goals.
Good technique starts here
While emphasizing the style of music you love is important, good technique is vital to long-term success playing an instrument. We will always work to make sure that all of our students are not only enjoying their lessons, but that they are learning the “right” way, and developing the techniques that will lead to a lifetime of success.
High quality teachers
Our instructors are highly-qualified, have warm personalities and a passion for teaching. Their goal is to help you achieve your dreams of playing the music you love! We search the entire area for talented teachers who also embody the high values at our school. Most importantly, our instructors strive to adapt their teaching to the approach that will work best for each individual student. Our goal is to hire the best teachers in the area. But just as important, our teachers are fun and engaging and always encouraging to their students. We perform professional background checks on all of our instructors before they are allowed to teach at the Music Learning Center.
Frequently Asked Questions
We believe that no matter what the student’s age, the best instrument for anyone is the instrument that they are the most excited about. If a person loves the sound, feel and look of a particular instrument, then they are more likely to practice it consistently…and that’s the key to making steady progress. This applies to singing or voice lessons, piano, guitar, drums, violin, viola cello, flute, clarinet saxophone, trumpet, ukulele and more. If the thought of knowing how to play a particular instrument brings a big smile on your face….that’s the one! Our staff would be more than happy to answer your questions about the different instruments, and help you decide which is the best one for you.
Our teachers understand that every adult has unique musical interests and goals. We also understand that each person responds best to certain teaching styles and methods. We make it a priority to tailor how we teach to each person’s needs. When you enroll for lessons at the Music Learning Center (“M.L.C.”) your teacher will ask you about your favorite type of music, and then set goals to help accomplish whatever musical aspirations you have. Usually that involves learning the fundamentals with the help of a “method book” that is geared towards adult learners. Today there are a large number of different method books available. While some are geared towards younger students, there are others that are specifically developed for the adult beginner. Our teachers will choose the one that they think will be best for each individual. They will also supplement the method book with additional songs that you are most interested in learning. Beginners can play simplified versions of many popular and classical pieces. We love adult beginners, so even if you don’t know where to begin, we can help!
There is no set answer of how long it takes to learn an instrument. With regular practice a basic level of playing can be accomplished in a few months. Most of our adult students take lessons on a long-term basis because they want to be constantly improving and they find the lessons enjoyable.
We teach all styles including popular, classical, rock, jazz, country, worship and blues. We combine the important fundamentals with the music YOU want to play. With approximately 20 teachers at the Music Learning Center, you can be sure to find the best match for your musical interests and style of learning.
Our instructors are highly qualified, all have teaching experience, and most importantly, they have a passion for teaching. Every teacher at our school has received a college or university degree in music. But being well trained doesn’t automatically make you a good teacher – that’s why we search for instructors who make learning fun while maintaining student interest and progress.
We search throughout the region for the top teachers, those who embody the high values at the Music Learning Center. Most importantly, our instructors strive to adapt their teaching to the approach that will work best for each individual student. Many of our instructors have gone on tours of the USA and Europe and have years of professional performance and teaching experience. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, and are extremely friendly. We search high and low for the BEST teachers, so you don’t have to!