Warning to Retirees Who Take Up Music: The Cat May Flee the Room

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Source:  New York Times / By  / 

When Phyllis Lay starts playing her flute, the family cat gives her a dirty look and bolts from the room. Her husband follows close behind.

“I’m working on some high notes, and they are sort of screechy,” said Ms. Lay, 70, a former teacher in Tacoma, Wash. But, she said, “Sometimes it’s sort of nice to be by yourself when you’re practicing.”

Ms. Lay is part of a growing number of retirees who are returning to the instruments they played during childhood and then put aside, or who are taking up the piano, flute or horn for the first time.

The Brattleboro Music Center in Brattleboro, Vt., has had a 10 percent increase in the last five years in students who are retirees, said Carol Compton, the education program director at the music center’s school. “We’ve begun adding daytime programs in response to the interest of this demographic,” she said.

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