Most of my adult students have wanted to play music all their life. Some never had the time. Some took lessons when they were children, gave up because it wasn't fun, and now want to give it another try. As one adult put it, "if I'd had you as a teacher when I was a kid, I might still be playing."
When I teach adults, my approach is: the way to learn music is to play music. Students are surprised that I invite them to play notes without concerning themselves with counting or rhythm. I help adults move away from the inner critic, so they can enjoy the music.
Adult students have a variety goals for their music lessons. To help them meet those goals, I use an array of approaches that meet their individual needs, talents and interests.