Adaptive Mindset, Music And You



If you’ve always wanted to learn a musical instrument but you just keep coming up with excuses to put it off, then now is the time to seize the moment: we may not live forever, but it’s never too late to learn an instrument and fulfill a lifelong aspiration. With today’s online culture, there are immediately a ton of resources at your disposal, and since this can be overwhelming it may be advantageous to start with face to face lessons with a real live human. With week-to-week homework assignments and the knowledge that someone is actually expecting you to make progress, you may find yourself trying extra hard to nail those chords or master that piano part.

Starting out can be difficult, but if you practice for twenty to thirty minutes a day, you’ll quickly find yourself making progress. As you advance on the learning curve, you’ll quickly want to expand and sharpen your skills – after a while, you won’t even have to practice anymore, it will become second nature.

An encouraging thing to remember early on is that even if you’re over the age of thirty, our minds are still more malleable than we might think. Until recently, people believed that we stopped learning after a certain age, but modern science has proven this idea to be fallacious. At any age you can learn how to read music, strum chords, play beats or pop and slap the bass. While you may have a steady career and look at the act of playing music as a frivolous luxury, this is the wrong attitude to take.

Being open to learning new skills, improvising and challenging yourself can help to create new connections in the brain that access creative pockets and help you perform better. Playing music also releases endorphins, which means you may well become a much happier person, and that’s certainly worth something!

When you pick up an instrument at a late age, you’re embracing the idea of growth mindset – the idea that just because you haven’t specialized in music, doesn’t mean you won’t be good at it. If you put in a solid year of practicing, you may uncover a healthy wellspring of hidden talent! Even if it ends up just being something you do to goof off and feel good, that certainly has its own benefits as well.

One reason that adaptive thinking and growth mindset is so important is that we live in a world that is rapidly changing and presenting us with new challenges. There are very few jobs left in the world that don’t require you to wear a few different hats and adapt your skills and knowledge on the fly. Therefore, learning a new instrument could serve a dual purpose: a way to blow off steam after a day of hard work, and way to improve your performance at work.

The more ways you find to take on new challenges like performing music, knitting or surfing in your spare time, the wider your world will become. Keeping up in 2018 means trying new things and taking on fresh challenges constantly, so pick up and instrument and embrace adaptive thinking! You’ll be glad you did.