Find Your Inner Mozart at Active Adult Communities

People in orhcestra playing music on string instruments

In active adult communities across the country, retirees are learning that it is never too late to start music lessons. In fact, retirement can be an ideal time to renew an interest in a long-forgotten instrument or pick up an entirely new musical skill.

Parents often encourage their children to take up music lessons of some kind. Likewise, school programs strive to introduce music to all students. Not all children immediately take to music lessons. Perhaps they are too busy with other interests, have trouble sustaining the concentration to practice, or simply haven’t yet gained an appreciation for music. The musical seeds that were sewn in youth often do take hold later in life.

Unfortunately, many would-be music students realize their desire to learn an instrument after the responsibilities of adulthood have already taken up most of their time. According to a 2000 Gallup survey commissioned by NAAM – International Music Products Association on “American’s Attitudes Toward Music, Music Making and Music Education“, 85 percent of the adults surveyed wished they had learned to play a musical instrument.

Some adults do find a way to balance music lessons with career and raising a family, yet the vast majority of adults who would like to play an instrument think that they have missed their chance. They simply do not have the time to practice and the money they could spend on an instructor is already being spent for their children’s lessons and activities.

When empty nesters and retirees finally have the time to take music lessons, they may fear that they are too old to learn. However, older adults who begin music lessons not only enjoy the lessons, but report a perceived improvement in memory and mental clarity. Music teachers often prefer to teach adults, as they are frequently able to grasp the concepts more quickly and concentrate on the lesson much more easily than their child counterparts.

Charles Agel, a piano and guitar teacher in Virgina, adds, “Adult students are dedicated. They understand the value of time. Children look at practicing as a chore, whereas adults understand that the time spent practicing will yield results.” Learning to sing or play a musical instrument can also be a great social activity.

Many active adult communities have active choral groups, piano and organ clubs, or jazz bands. For example, in Arizona, Sun City by Del Webb offers a piano club, women’s chorus, and a Musician’s Club which includes their Chamber Orchestra and Choraliers of Sun City groups. By playing with others, residents share their love of music and enhance their own learning.

In addition to the mental and social benefits of learning a musical instrument, active adults can simply enjoy playing music for its own sake. As with any new activity, music lessons are challenging, stimulating, and just plain fun.

Can you spot the $207,744 difference between these identical homes?

Financing is the difference!

Get the details in The 62+ Loan Homebuyers Guide.

55places Mortgage is a joint venture between Mutual of Omaha Mortgage and
Details here.

Share this post:

We're here to help! (800) 928-2055

Call us to speak with a customer service representative.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Get Weekly Updates

I agree that 55places and its affiliates, partner providers or agents may call, text, or email me about my inquiry, which may be made with automated means. I understand that my consent is not a prerequisite for buying a property. I may revoke my consent at any time by contacting [email protected] Message/data rates may apply. I also agree to’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

The Best Places to Snowbird in 2021

We’ve gathered 25 of the best places for snowbirds, including cities in Florida, Arizona, California, Texas, South Carolina, and Nevada. For each entry, we’ve also provided a list of recommended 55+ communities in the area. If you’re ready to find your own winter retreat this season, here are some of the best places to consider.

Interior view of the indoor pool at Del Webb Ponte Vedra in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

Jacksonville Area 55+ Communities With Indoor Pools

There’s something so luxurious about an indoor pool. Take a look at these communities in Jacksonville and the surrounding northeast Florida area. You’ll find indoor pools and much, much more.

Sunset on sandy and rocky beach in the Bay Area of California.

55+ Communities on the Beach in the Bay Area

Perhaps you’re ready to turn your dream of living by the beach into reality. In that case, we’ve got you covered, because there are a few wonderful beachside 55+ communities right in the Bay Area.

A 55+ couple with arthritis holding hands and enjoying a day at the beach.

The Best Places to Retire With Arthritis

Those with arthritis know the pain and discomfort can be difficult to manage day-to-day. While there are many remedies to manage the pain, one you may not consider is climate. 55Places has taken a look at the best regions to live if you have arthritis, and many of them are home to 55+ communities!

A bridge over a pond on the grounds of Sun City Lincoln Hills in Lincoln, California.

Large 55+ Communities in the Sacramento Area

One of the greatest benefits of living in a large community is the vast amount of amenities typically offered. If you’re looking for larger 55+ communities in Sacramento, you’ll want to check out the three following communities.

Aerial view of the Downtown Spartanburg skyline in South Carolina on a sunny day.

Living in Spartanburg, South Carolina

Located in the scenic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northwestern South Carolina—also known as the Upstate—Spartanburg is an ideal destination for active adults who want to retire in a mid-sized city with a small-town, close-knit feel.

About 55places

We’re changing the way people 55 and older are searching for their perfect next place. With a national network of hand-selected real estate experts, plus comprehensive information, unbiased content, and on-the-go insight about thousands of communities across the country, we’re a trusted resource paving the way from here to home. Whether you’re interested in a low-maintenance single-level residence, an active lifestyle or age-qualified community, an intimate enclave, or anything in between, we can help you make your next move the best one yet.

Scroll to Top