Reviving Musical Dreams in Middle Age

It is never too late to pick up an instrument. Use Cassandra Gordon as an example. She first picked up the cello at 62 and now, 11 years later, continues to play and has played in an orchestra. Ms. Gordon and other older amateur musicians defy the truism that ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.’ There are many benefits to picking up an instrument later in life including new social networks, a creative outlet, a sense of meaning, and a sense of accomplishment. Music lessons are becoming more and more popular and can be found in music stores, university music departments, community music schools, by word of mouth and even on the web.

February 29, 2012, The New York Times


Written by Daniel J. Wakin.