The Well-Tempered Ear

Do these statistics about music lessons for children versus adults apply to you? Plus, the Madison Opera sets a new date for Kyle Ketelsen’s online tribute concert to Giorgio Tozzi | October 26, 2020

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ALERT: The Madison Opera has announced on Instagram that Kyle Ketelsen’s tribute concert for his teacher Giorgio Tozzi has been rescheduled for next Sunday night, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m CST. For more information and links about the concert and how to sign up for it, go to:

By Jacob Stockinger

It looks like children and students think of music lessons differently than adults do.

Take a look at the statistics from a study below, cited from Classic FM, and let us know if you share the findings and agree with it.

What are the implications for schools and education?

The Ear wants to hear;


  1. I have taught a number of adults returning to piano. They universally say they hated their childhood lessons, but wish they had stuck with it.
    What a terrible idea it would have been to torture kids with music. Would that have led to love? I doubt it.
    I think these adults are saying they wish they had the skill. I agree with the others that if you want to play, learn it now. You won’t be a pro, but likely wouldn’t have been a pro anyway. And who wants it?
    We could work harder to help people take up instruments at any age.


    Comment by Janet M Murphy — October 27, 2020 @ 6:14 pm

  2. My mother learned to play violin starting around age 50, and viola closer to age 55 – 56. Admittedly, she was a pianist/organist before then, having learned those instruments as a child in Mississippi, but that only helped her a little bit when it came to learning violin, and not at all when learning the viola.


    Comment by bratschespeilerin — October 26, 2020 @ 7:29 pm

  3. Adults can still learn to play an instrument. I have.


    Comment by Dory — October 26, 2020 @ 11:39 am

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