Never Too Old to Learn


Posted on December 19th, by Shelby Wilder in Shelby Wilder. No Comments

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is a saying that many people are familiar with, and even live by. However, I’m not sure I find much truth in this saying. You’re never too old to take on a new challenge!

This semester at the University of Findlay, I got the opportunity to tackle a new and fun challenge that I’ve always wanted to try– piano lessons! Here at the university you can take lessons for different instruments, ranging from vocals to bassoon. I’ve wanted to play piano ever since I became involved in music, but never had the chance to give it a try. The Applied Music: Piano class was the perfect time for me to take a swing at piano.

The cost of piano lessons was one of the factors that led me to not trying out the piano sooner. But, because I am also part of the Concert Chorale here, I was granted a scholarship that covered the cost of my piano lessons. Having this scholarship made my decision to take lessons even easier.

With the help of Dr. Briggs, the piano professor, I was able to make an amazing transformation on the piano. I went from playing the piano at the beginning of the semester like this:

 

to the end of the semester, where I wrapped up by working on my recital piece:

 

 

At the end of the course, students get to perform in a recital to show off all that they have learned. The last video is the piece I performed during the recital. It was fascinating to watch all the other students who had also taken piano lessons perform, and see the things they had learned during the semester as well.

The transformation between my two videos is quite dramatic. I had never played a piano in my life before this course, and Dr. Briggs really helped ease me into the piano playing world.  I learned so much during this semester and cannot wait to continue learning more amazing lessons on the piano!

Fellow UF students: if you have ever thought about learning a different instrument, do it! Learning a new instrument is such a fun and unique experience — one you surely won’t regret. Sign up for one of the University of Findlay’s Applied Music classes next semester.





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