Myths will always exist, from ones that are simply ridiculous to those that you can’t help but wonder about. Even music, known as the most beautiful universal language has unhelpful myths which are attached to it. If you’re not careful and you listen to the wrong myth you could end up coming to the wrong conclusions.
You’ve likely heard some of the most common myths about music lessons. These myths are attached to different forms of music lessons, from voice coaching to learning the piano.
To make sure you don’t jump to the wrong conclusions and miss out on following your musical dreams we will be debunking these myths in this article!
Music Lessons Are Age-Restricting
People commonly make comments on how hard it is to learn a musical instrument after a certain age. It is a popular belief that children have the best advantage when it comes to learning musical instruments.
While children may have more time to learn musical instruments when they are not at school, anyone can actually learn to play piano at any age. So, if you’ve been putting off music lessons because you think you might be too old, let the myth go and start following your dreams!
Music Examinations Are Compulsory
Unless you intend to use your certification, music exams are not compulsory. Your piano teacher will not impose piano exams on you unless you indicate an interest in taking them.
While music certifications are good and can challenge you to learn more they aren’t required to learn an instrument. The most important factor in taking music lessons is interest. Forget about passing or failing a music examination and focus on learning music in all its beauty.
You Must Learn to Play Music in a Certain Way
The myth that you need to learn to play music in a certain way is fairly common. Aspects of this myth often present constraints onto how often you should practise, how long each practise session should be and what music pieces and genres you have to learn as a beginner.
However, in reality, learning music is not so rigid. While there are certain components of music a beginner should learn, like music theory, many other aspects are flexible. For instance, you don’t have to start by learning to play classical music, neither do you have to practise for a set length of time each day.
Although regular practise is important to success it is equally important that when you practise you feel inspired to do so. That way when you meet up with your piano teacher for piano lessons, you’ll be excited to continue learning.
Certain Features Give You an Advantage
The length of your fingers or the size of your palm does not influence your ability to play the piano or stringed instruments. The focus is in being able to move your hands and fingers when needed.
Overall, myths exist because someone thought them up. Instead of focusing on myth, focus on the motivations that have inspired you to take up music in the first place!