Can You Learn the Piano In Your 30s?

Can You Learn the Piano In Your 30s?

17 May 2022

So you’re looking to broaden your horizons by learning a new skill but you’re scared you’ve missed your peak window. Did I get that right?

I’m constantly surprised by the number of students that come to my classes thinking that because they are older they won’t be able to learn to play the piano well. 

So here are four reasons why you CAN learn to play the piano in your 30s.


  1. Adults have learning advantages over children 

Sure, kids are great at picking up languages and facts that are presented to them, but you try and get an uninterested child to learn a musical instrument – it just won’t work!

As adults, we choose what we dedicate our time to, which means we have a vested interest in learning. This helps us concentrate on studying and learning which gives us better success rates.

So, if anything, you’re going to have an easier time than a child would to put in the hours of practice needed to get good at playing the piano.


  1. Setting realistic goals will help you learn

If you show up to your first lesson hoping to leave playing like Mozart, I have bad news for you…it’s not going to happen.

Setting your expectations too high leads to a loss of self-confidence and a higher probability you give up on yourself without giving yourself a chance.

Instead, go in with realistic, small expectations and every time you meet them, you’ll grow in confidence which will result in a more successful learning journey.


  1. you try to learn than the age you try to learn

Have you tried to learn before but found it too difficult to keep up? By chance, were these attempts done by following YouTube tutorials or “teach-yourself” piano books?

If so, the problem isn’t you, it’s the method you chose to learn by.

Having lessons with a skilled piano teacher in real-time means you’ll receive tailor-made lessons and constructive feedback that will help you improve at your own pace, rather than a generic expectation.

And by having a piano teacher that mentors you through your journey, you’ll find that you become less frustrated with yourself when you inevitably get stuck from time to time.


  1. Learning the piano gives you a relaxing focus away from busy life demands

Let’s be honest here. Not only can you learn to play the piano in your 30s, but with all the pressure placed on you by work, family, friends, etc, you need to do it. Studies show that learning the piano is a form of relaxation, meaning it is an act of self-care.

So your question shouldn’t be “can I learn to play the piano in my 30s?” it should be “why am I not already signing up to learn this amazing skill that takes me away from the stress of the real world for a few hours a week?”


The best age to start is today 

If you are looking for beginner piano lessons in London or piano lessons in Chelsea, don’t hesitate to get in contact with me. I’m ready to help you prove to yourself that it’s never too late to start learning to play the piano!