Rebecca Grooms Johnson, Ph.D., NCTM, is a nationally respected leader in the field of piano pedagogy. She is an independent teacher and has taught extensively at the university level. Active in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), she has served as National Certification Chair, Vice-President, and President-Elect. She is currently...

Rebecca Grooms Johnson, Ph.D., NCTM, is a nationally respected leader in the field of piano pedagogy. She is an independent teacher and has taught extensively at the university level. Active in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), she has served as National Certification Chair, Vice-President, and President-Elect. She is currently President of MTNA, and three times a year she publishes a feature article in American Music Teacher titled “What’s New in Pedagogy Research.”

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How do you incorporate RMM into your teaching?

Editor's Note : In our Summer issue an interview with Karl Bruhn introduced many of us to the concepts of Recreational Music Making (RMM) and some of the research that supports it. After reading the article, you may have said, "Sounds great, but how would I begin incorporating these concepts into my teaching?" In this issue, Brenda Dillon shar...
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Take two music lessons and call me in the morning

The keynote speaker at the 2005 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy was Karl Bruhn. This dynamic musician gave an exciting address on his work with Recreational Music Making (RMM). Mr. Bruhn has collaborated with Barry Bittman, M.D. - a leading researched in the field of mind-body medicine, who is actively leading a series of research projects...
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How did your pedagogy degree best prepare you for your current teaching situation? How could it have prepared you better?

​When  pedagogy professors get together, they often compare notes on the content and structure of their courses. But what do the students think? How do they and their learned professors know that they are getting the information and experiences that will truly prepare them to be successful piano teachers?  I have asked three former pedago...
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Pedagogic Training + Teaching Experience + Compositional talent = Robert Vandall!

As I have taught over the years, I have come to trust and rely on certain composers. I know that these composers write high quality music that my students will enjoy playing. But how do these composers start? Were they successful from the beginning? Did they ever get a rejection slip from a publisher?   One of the best of the long term, "tried...
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