When Is Too Old To Learn To Sing?

Posted on 19. Sep, 2009 by in Health, Singing

I did something wonderful last weekend! Bear with me as I explain why I’m sharing this and why I think it benefits you.  See, in my teens I waterskied a handful of times, and I remember it as being so unbelievably fun.  But in almost 30 years I hadn’t done it. Until last weekend….

But was I even going to be able to get up out of the water?  What if I fell all the time?

Yup that’s me in the picture.  What was also so much fun was how well it went.  I popped up on my first attempt and was slaloming as if it was 30 years ago. And, boy, did I feel good afterwards!

As a side note I should mention something you may not know, and that is that I always cheat.
I’m kidding of course when I say “cheat”, but the truth is that it wasn’t the first time in 30 years at all. I had practiced several times the day before, and on the boat ride – even while my kids were trying to psyche me out. Yes, I had practiced in my head.

Well talk more about the art of visualization and mental preparation another time though. The reason I mention this event is because of this email I received:

"Per, I appreciate your emails, but I have a problem.  I used to sing solos many, many years ago, but haven’t sung much lately. The problem is that I am 65 hears old, and although I love the idea of being able to sing again, it is probably too late."

There is no denying that there are many physical changes in our body as we age.  There is no denying that we lose muscles strength and flexibility. However, too often we make "age" the culprit – or the excuse, if you will. Realize that many young people – even kids – also run into voice and other physical problems.  So although there are certainly things we will never be able to do as well as we once did, it is certainly never too late to have fun. It is never too late to do activities that inspire us and make us energetic and vibrant. It is never too late to learn and develop.

You should know that although we don’t keep track of the ages of our members of The Singing Zone, there are many who are well into their 70s and 80s who have spontaneously written and expressed their gratitude and joy.

The Singing Zone is not a program where a certain age or skill is a prerequisite.  Although many professional and semi-professionals are members, there are just as many who have never sung before. Since we are about developing awareness and taking you from where you are to where you want to go, your level or age is really irrelevant.  Singing is indeed for everyone.

I remember I felt I was “too old” when I was 26. Old or young is really a mental state.  As our bodies transform our minds transform, we find new activities that inspire us. Singing is one of those activities that has no age limit, unless we are judging they way we sound towards some limiting ideal.  My grandmother starting painting well into her 60s, my dad still sings in the choir. There have been studies that have shown incredible improvement among 80 year olds who started weight training, and we can go on and on.

What do you think a 100-year-old would think when a 65 year old kid talks about things being too late?  Take a look at this video of Roger Gentilhomme one day after he turns a 100 years old and then post your comment below.

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84 Responses to “When Is Too Old To Learn To Sing?”

  1. Philip Verdi

    06. Jun, 2013

    I Wrote You A While Back About My Voice Cracks The Med Sprays For My Lungs is For my breathing.. I Have reached In My 80s I Have Been Useing Them for Ten Years. What Do You Advice Me To Do. There Is A Big A Change my Voice Cracks. The Doctors Say My Vocal Cords Have Split In Two. What Do You Advice Ill Try Any Thing Im 83 World War 2 Vet And To Get The Memorys Out Of My Head Is To Sing……

  2. Ron Light

    16. Apr, 2013

    I have been singing since I was 10 years old. I sang in the madrigals and mixed chorus when in high school and have sung all of my life in a church choir. I am now 75 years old, taking guitar lessons and singing in a Bluegrass Band with much younger performers. Really having the time of my life.

  3. Philomena Nally

    14. Apr, 2013

    Old or young is really a Mental State, I just love this line!
    I totally agree with it, but society tends to label people over fourty. Recently I spotted an advert for an upcoming Singing event which read 16 to 40 yearolds only!
    I felt like- am I now a piece of ‘#b=-# just because I’m over 40years! Funny thing is I never felt better physically or mentally as I do right now!

  4. Tom Leighton

    31. Mar, 2013

    I got Per’s full course, but am ashamed to admit that I have not followed through with all the DVDs. I don’t know whether this is the right way of putting it, but I believe that I am “head singing.” The songs I used to sing I was able to sing fine, but now I am really straining. I will be 77 in May. I really do love to sing. My wife has listened to me when I am on line and she feels that i am forcing my singing. . (if that makes any sense)?

  5. Bill Serianni

    27. Mar, 2013

    I will be 82 years young on April 7 2013 and I sing about 5 hours a day and love it, I send them to several friends and a I get some very good caments and some bad but I shore am not going to quit, I would like you to hear some of them ?

  6. rose

    05. Jan, 2013

    I study and have a relationship with the Scriptures, practice seven hours of piano everyday, am about to take up art courses to prepare myself for becoming a painter, study French and Latin, and would love to upgrade my singing that emerges from an inner spiritual life. I am an ex religious nun, but after working out some aspects of myself, I am planning to go back to the monastery! Life has been extraordinary for me, Thank God! I will turn 59 this year, and feel life is just follow the heart. Congratulations to this gentleman who plays his tennis with such confidence and faith….and I hope to become a disciple of per soon!

  7. Philip Verdi

    22. Dec, 2012

    I Sang All My Life As I reached 80s My Voice Would Crack In the middle Of A song Went for Test They found My vocal Cords Were Apart Wen They should Be Close Toghter Is There Any thing You Can Tell Me what To Do To get Them close Toghter Or Is There Some Thing I Could Take that Would Help my Voice

  8. Betty Stewart

    15. Nov, 2012

    I’m 71 now. I have been singing in church choirs for about 40 years or so. When I don’t get to sing for a while, I really miss it. I remember reading somewhere that Perry Como was still singing with his church choir when he was in his eighties. I intend to keep singing in mine as long as I possibly can.

  9. Carol

    11. Jul, 2012

    Maybe one can’t be too old to sing, but sining ability can’t be improved when the vocale cords have been damaged because of surgery. If so I stand corrected.

  10. Eugene Naer

    25. Mar, 2012

    I am 78 and do not consider myself too old to learn. I carry a 195 average in bowling and am still looking to improve. i feel the same way about singing. I should have started taking lessons earlier in life but better late than never.

  11. Gerald Gagnon

    20. Feb, 2012

    I am a 70 years old man, love to sing, and have just joined a church chior. They are helping me but I need extra help. I have not had any formal training.except my singing in the shower or my car. I am on a fixed income and cannot afford your cost. Is there smaller program that you can help me with that might cover all or most of the more importent componants of learning to sing? Thanking you in advance.
    Gerald from Canada..

  12. Jack Childs

    12. Feb, 2012

    I’m 75, male, and actually still sing pretty well. But, my voice tires quickly and sometimes gives out in the middle of a song. Makes me afraid to sing solo in church.. Also, the high notes, e’s, f”s, g’s, and a flats are just about gone. Can this be corrected at my age?

  13. Lulu Martinez

    16. Aug, 2011

    Per, in my opinion your NEVER too old to sing.  Singing is a way of life.  Get it? A way of life, as in as long as your alive you can do it.  Sure maybe you might have a change in your voice, but you know what they say, practice makes perfect!

  14. Jim Philbin

    06. Apr, 2011

    The question made sense to me before I started the Sing With Freedom course but now that I have enjoyed expanding myt voice without strain and pain I do not believe that there in no physical barrier to sining other that one of a psychological nature. 
    But once a person takes the lessons seriously and enjoys the affect that is possible then I believe that all problems are solved.
    Nobody has said, 'Hey Jim, your voice has really improved".  I do not expect it as I know it is something that is kept for close people and not for groups necessarily.  I know that my voice is deeper and richer that ever and that I can sing at different level and it sounds good to me.  I am the one that has to be happy with the results.

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