Age is a commonly expressed concern in studying music, and there are many questions on this site addressing "late starts" from a variety of perspectives. This post is intended as Link Central for users with related or similar questions.

If you've found this question, chances are you're interested in learning to play an instrument or in some other aspect of music, like theory. But you are -- or feel you are -- getting a late start, and you have doubts: Is it even worth starting? How far can I go? You are far from alone, both in asking and in asking here. This post will help lead you to similar and related questions that have already been fielded by the community.

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    Does this answer your question? Can one be too old to learn an instrument? – Brian Towers Oct 5 '20 at 8:04
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    Wasn't the whole point of this question to cover any/all of the potential duplicates? And put them all under one banner? – Tim Oct 5 '20 at 15:06
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    @Tim Indeed. There is a certain irony. :-) – Aaron Oct 5 '20 at 23:35
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    @BrianTowers The answer you linked to is related, but is a different question. The intent here is to compile links to all the various age-related questions to make them easier to find, rather than to answer the question itself. – Aaron Oct 6 '20 at 0:06
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    @Aaron maybe a post on meta clarifying your intent might be useful, if there isn't one already? I can see why a mod might want to lock such a post, but at the moment the single "This question already has answers here" link undermines the answer. – topo Reinstate Monica Oct 6 '20 at 0:30

The consensus here on SE MP&T is...

Go for it!

Among the various questions and answers linked here, you'll find a wide variety of viewpoints: encouragement, pitfalls, concerns, and so forth, but in general, you will find that the broad feeling across the site is "Yes, you can. Go for it."

NOTE: It's not always obvious from the title, but age is expressed as a concern in all of the listed questions.

What follows is a list of questions regarding beginning to learn when you feel your age is a concern. They are organized by subject matter; just know that an answer related to an area different from yours might still be the one you're looking for.

Late start as a general concern









Music school

Developing muscle memory

Exams / Auditions

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    Go on - accept the answer!!! – Tim Oct 5 '20 at 7:12
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    Seriously it's a good, helpful list. Several dupes that got missed..? – Tim Oct 5 '20 at 7:42

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