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Members Featured in Article on Older Adults and Music Learning

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Jan 30, 2017

In a recent New York Times article, entitled “Warning to Retirees Who Take Up Music: The Cat May Flee the Room,” the paper highlighted the growing number of retirees who are returning to music education. Alongside the Brattleboro Music Center, which has seen a 10 percent increase in students who are retirees, the paper also spoke with affiliates of National Guild member organizations, including the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY) and Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center (New York, NY).

“Often, older adults talk in detail about how they’ve always loved music and have gone to concerts,” said Alicia Andrews, the assistant director of the Lucy Moses School. “And now, after retirement, they finally have time to participate themselves.”

The article discusses how retirees have found certain elements of the music learning process more difficult – e.g. their fingers don’t move as quickly, their memory isn’t quite what it used to be – but they also have the advantage of knowing more about themselves as learners. According to Andrews, many older adults “know what to share with their teacher to create the best lesson environment.”

Read the full article here

Photo: An adult learner at Lucy Moses School. Courtesy of the Kaufman Music Center.

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