Created on Sunday, 04 December 2005 16:25
I'm asked this question quite often and sometimes even from people who are in my mind quite young. It may be difficult to start an operatic career or enter certain competitions with age limits if you are "older". If you are wanting to learn to sing, why should age matter?
As a voice teacher, I do not discriminate against age. On the contrary, I find it rewarding to teach adults; especially those who are finally doing something that they have wanted to do for so long.
There are many physical benefits of singing to the aging adult. Singing is known to release endorphins in the brain which can help us deal with stress. The breathing techniques used in singing are healthy habits for singers and none singers alike. Regular singing can also keep your voice from aging. Women's voices often become lower as they age and Men's voices often become higher. Exercising the voice regularly through singing can prevent or minimize this, just as regular physical exercise can keep the muscles and bones strong.
If you have not been kind to your voice over the years, through smoking, or vocal abuse you may experience some difficulties. Vocal training may help in some cases but in any case you can still learn to sing with your own unique voice. There are so many styles of singing and a place for everyone. You can also create your own perfoming opportunities in retirement homes, open stages, charity events; the list is endless.
I could go on but instead I would like to end this article with examples of people who learned new skills or accomplished great things later in life. My advice is to use them as your inspiration. If you have another example that you would like me to add to this article, email me at
This past summer, I met a women, aged 60 who began singing at age 55. She sings across the globe as a canter in various Sinagogues.
In 1968 at the age of 51 Richard (Dick) Proenneke constructed a log cabin at Upper Twin Lakes of the Alaskan wilderness and lived there alone for almost 30 years.
So, what are you waitinng for?