This is probably a common issue that adult learners deal with.
Let me give you a brief background of myself: I'm 40 years old (with a family), a public school teacher, and I really want to learn how to play the piano. Given, 10 years ago I played very basic praise/worship music for my church. (I would basically hold down the chords to songs). I played using guitar tabs/chords, and by ear. I don't take private lessons because they are expensive. However, I'm taking a group keyboarding (piano) class, at a community college, one day a week.
My conflict is that I have many goals; I really need to know if my expectations are way too high and WHAT I should focus on.
My goals are the following:
1. Learn sight reading at a High Intermediate level
2. Learn how to play Praise and Worship (without looking at the piano keys).
3. Learn various types of Jazz music (blues mainly) at a high Intermediate level.
4. Learn classical music at the beginner level.
My question: ARE MY GOALS TOO HIGH CONSIDERING MY AGE AND LIFE SITUTATION? Given that I'm a teacher, I can dedicate practice time of 15-20 hours per week during the summer time, and 12-15 throughout the school year. Also, WHAT SHOULD I FOCUS ON?
Any suggestions would be GREATLY APPRECIATED.