Adult Piano Lessons – It’s Never Too Late!

Do you have a secret dream of learning to play the piano, but worry that it would be too hard to learn now that you’re an adult?I’m always amazed when adults tell me they’ve dreamed of playing piano, but believe it’s too late for them to learn. I wish I knew where this belief came from — it’s simply not true!Adult piano lessons can be a rewarding process for both the student and the teacher. And playing piano is certainly a wonderful stress-reliever for busy lives.If you’re an adult who is ready to play piano, here are some helpful tips as you find a teacher and become a student once again.Find a great piano teacher.Find a teacher who is passionate about and experienced with teaching adults, and who has adult students in her studio. If a piano teacher’s experience and specialty is starting young children, and her studio is full of 5-15 year-olds, she may not be the best choice.Why? As a teacher, all her preparation, repertoire, and teaching tools are geared towards children. That’s not to say she couldn’t teach adults — but her studio is geared for a younger age group.A teacher who enjoys teaching adults will have music, piano methods, and exercises specifically to help adults learn and get the most enjoyment and success from piano lessons. The way adults learn, and how we are motivated, is very different than for children.A great piano teacher is your ally and biggest cheerleader!Choose your piano method.Are you really wanting to play classical? Or is jazz more what you’re looking for? Maybe you’re not even interested in learning to read music — you just want to be able to improvise on chords and read lead sheets. Why not take lessons that are giving you exactly what you want?There are so many ways to go about learning to play piano. Talk to prospective teachers about the methods they teach, and find one that will teach you in a way that makes you excited to play every day.Make the time.Adult piano lessons are a commitment of time and resources in a busy life. It helps to make a conscious decision to devote the part of your everyday routine to piano practice. If piano is low on your to-do list, you’ll end up practicing only on weekends — which will lead to a disappointing experience for you. Really.So carve out just 10 or 15 minutes a day to totally devote to piano. It will work wonders! Even better if your practice can be at the same time every day. Make practicing a part of your life, just like taking a shower or brushing your teeth, and you’ll enjoy steady progress and success.Be a student.Ask yourself: are you truly willing to be a student, and be taught?One of the most difficult things for my adult students is releasing control of the learning process. I understand — as adults, we need to make decisions, solve problems, and decide the best way to do things. But piano lessons are different.You’re a beginner. Accept that, enjoy it, and allow your teacher to guide you in the learning process — even if you don’t understand why she might be asking you to practice a certain way, or you’re just sure you can do it faster or better. After all, who is the expert? If you knew the answers, you’d already be playing piano!Patience!Lastly, patience is a virtue. Learning to express yourself fluently at the piano is like learning a new language: it takes time. Be patient! Play each and every piece, from the first one you learn, with intention and beauty.Don’t ignore the journey by focusing on the destination. You’ll miss out on enjoying all the simple pieces if you believe anything less than Chopin isn’t really playing the piano. From the moment your fingers touch the keys, you’re playing piano. Enjoy it!Your piano lessons, and the time you spend every day at the piano, can bring you happiness from the moment you start.It’s never too late to learn to play piano!

Training – How Adults Learn Differently From Kids

When you were in grade school, your learning was essentially a passive process where you had to rely on others – whether that was a teacher or parent or schoolbook.Fast forward several years to the workplace when you need to acquire new knowledge, skills or attitudes. The old way of learning just isn’t going to cut it anymore. Adults have experience to call upon and use as a context in learning. As a result, they learn better when they’re actively involved.These differences are crucial for a trainer in the workplace to understand. The fastest way to fail is to treat adults like they are kids in a classroom. A professional trainer knows how to leverage adult learning principles to make learning/training more productive for adults.So let’s look at the differences between kid learning and adult learning and what that means for a trainer:~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Kids:  rely on others to decide what’s to be learnedAdults: decide for themselves what they want to learnThe Trainer therefore is not responsible for the participant’s learning, but rather provides and directs the flow of information, allowing the participants choose what they will learn.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Kids:   accept information at face valueAdults: question information, need to validateThe Trainer provides opportunities to test or practice or experience learnings and is prepared to answer questions.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Kids: expect learned information will be useful in the futureAdults: expect information to be useful nowThe Trainer shows how the information or skill has relevance and real-world applications for participants.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Kids:   are clean slates with little or no experienceAdults: are full slates with lots of experienceThe Trainer draws upon and builds on participants’ knowledge and experience.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Kids: have limited ability to be a resource to classmatesAdults: significant ability to serve as resource to othersThe Trainer allows, encourages and facilitates break-out sessions and exercises for group discussions, interactions, and team dynamics.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Kids:   are content-centeredAdults: are process- or problem-centeredThe Trainer facilitates exercises, games and activities to help participants solve a problem or understand a process.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Kids:   are passively involved in learningAdults: are actively involved in learningThe Trainer resists “dumping” information on the group, but rather partners with participants in a collaborative effort to achieve desired outcomes.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Kids:   learn best in an authoritative environmentAdults: learn best in a collaborative environmentThe Trainer is responsible for the best environment for learning.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Kids:  are motivated by external rewards: grades, advancement, avoidance of punishmentAdults: are motivated internally: self-esteem, curiosity, love of learning, self-improvementThe Trainer employs active, participative methods to engage the participants, keep their interest, and enhance the likelihood that they will learn, retain, and use new information and skills.

Adult Friend Finder Review – Is it Quality?

The following article is an adult friend finder review, geared towards describing the features, positives, and negatives of the dating site. The first thing which should be discussed is that this is an adult dating site, and is strictly for people who are eighteen years of age or older. Also, this site has explicit material which some people may find offensive. With that in mind, if you’d like to learn more about the features of this adult dating site, then read on!Adult Friend Finder ReviewNow Adult Friend Finder has been online since 1996, and now boasts an impressive 23 million registered members. If you are the type of person who is looking for love, or an exclusive and serious relationship, Adult Friend Finder is definitely not for you. The members here are mostly interested in finding casual relationships with people of the opposite or same sex. If you are going to choose a site which deals mainly in “fling” relationships, then you’re going to want the most selection and options possible. With the absolutely massive user base, Adult Friend Finder definitely provides the most selection in people, but how about with features?FeaturesAdult friend finder gets a positive review in the features category. They offer all the options someone could ever want in an adult dating website. You can browse photos of people, sorted however you would like them to be. They offer you local searches, searches specific to sex, age, and even body type. You can upload your own photos and there are virtually no limits on the explicit nature of the content. Adult friend finder offers live video chat rooms, which can be private 1 on 1’s or public domain, as well as standard chatting for those who do not have web-cams.The site allows you to meet people based on desired relationships as well. Simple 1-on-1 sex is the most popular category, but there are literally dozens to choose from. If you are gay, straight, or bisexual, the site can accommodate exactly what you are looking for. They even have options for swingers, voyeurs, fetishes, bondage, and S&M lovers.MembershipAdult Friend Finder again earns a positive review for their membership structure. You are allowed to sign up completely for free, which gives you access to limited features. The reason we love this site is because their free trial membership allows you to browse other members photos, and even chat and message them! Most sites do not give this out for free.You can update to a silver membership for $100 or a gold for $150. Each of these memberships brings new advantages. Because they slow the search speeds for the free members, you are granted faster searches as well as expanded options. Also, video chatting is disabled for non-paying members.OverallOur overall review of Adult Friend Finder is a positive one. For people who are looking for an online dating site which is adult in nature, this is definitely the top choice. Given it’s naughty nature, the site is susceptible to fake members or people who are running scams. Our recommendation is to be mindful of who you are connecting with and always make sure to screen people for authenticity before divulging too much personal information or setting up a meet up.