Recreational Music Making HandbookClick to find this book! Recreational Music Making Handbook 

Did you know that 82% of adults wish they could play a musical instrument?*  But most believe they lack the talent to succeed, or are intimidated by the challenges and formal requirements of traditional piano study.  As a result, they never try.  Recreational Music Making (RMM) was created to give anyone, regardless of age or musical ability, a chance to succeed.  This handbook will provide a practical, step-by-step foundation for piano teachers who want to begin teaching in the RMM style. 





Brenda DillonBrenda Dillon

Brenda Dillon

Brenda Dillon, a longtime Project Director for the National Piano Foundation (NPF), serves as an advisory board member to the Frances Clark Center and is an education consultant for Roland US.  In addition to being a former associate editor of Keyboard Companion (now Clavier Companion), she is also editor of PianoNotes, the NPF newsletter.  A former college professor in Dallas, TX, Brenda teaches RMM classes at a senior center.  In addition to writing articles and developing materials for RMM classes, she does extensive teacher training throughout the U.S.  In addition to co-presenting an RMM session at the 2008 International Society of Music Education (ISME) conference in Bologna, Italy, she was also an RMM presenter at the 2009 MTNA National Conference and the 2009 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.  |  Send an email

Brian ChungBrian Chung

Brian Chung

Brian Chung is Senior Vice President of Kawai America Corporation. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for NAMM, chair of the MTNA Foundation Fund Development Committee, a 2004 MTNA Foundation Fellow and recipient of the 2010 MTNA Distinguished Service Award.  After completing his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, studying at the Guildhall School of Music in London as a Rotary scholar and spending several years as a professional musician and private teacher, he completed an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  He is co-author of Improvisation at the Piano: A Systematic Approach for the Classically Trained Pianist (Alfred Publishing 2007), and author of Expressions of Faith: Eight Inventive Explorations of Classic Hymns (Alfred 2008) and Expressions of Christmas (Alfred 2011).  With a diverse career that includes experience as a performer, arranger, educator, conference speaker and music industry executive, Mr. Chung is devoted to the cause of advancing music participation across America.  

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The following are some of the teaching questions that will be answered by the Recreational Music Making Handbook:

  • What are the similarities/differences between RMM and traditional teaching?

  • What are the attributes of a great RMM teacher?

  • Is RMM teaching only for adults or can it be taught to any age group?

  • Will adult RMM students have the same musical goals as traditional students?

  • Will they want to achieve a high level of proficiency or just have fun?

  • Can adults be taught with the same materials and methodology used to teach children?

  • Will RMM students want to learn individually or in groups?

  • Where can RMM classes be taught?

  • What instruments should be available to teach RMM?

  • Is a digital piano lab required for group lessons?

  • How should the teacher prepare for the first lesson?

  • Are lesson plans necessary?

  • How should classes be organized?

  • Should students be grouped according to their skill level?

  • What styles of music will RMM students want to learn?

  • What replaces recitals?

  • How much should an RMM teacher charge for group lessons?

  • How should a teacher approach an outside facility for RMM classes? 

  • How should an RMM course description be worded?

  • How does an RMM teacher recruit students?

  • What do music retailers think about RMM?

  • What are retailers looking for in an RMM teacher for their store?

  • How can a teacher partner with a retailer if not teaching in a store?

  • Could RMM persuade younger “dropouts” to keep playing music?

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RMM Methods & Links

The following curricula are available for teaching RMM group classes:

Piano for Fun and Fulfillment (by Brenda Dillon)  |

Musical Moments (by Debra Perez & Will Baily)  |

Play Piano in a Flash (by Scott Houston)  |

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