May/June 2018: Questions and Answers

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Q: Is it OK for a student to continue study if they don't practice? I have a student who reads well and enjoys her lessons, but honestly, each time I see her, our time is spent practicing.  A: As a rule of thumb, I believe that the more music and music-making in the world, the better. On that basis, even if this student makes music only once a...
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RMM really is for everyone!

The Recreational Music Making movement is all about inclusiveness and creative self-expression. Embedded in the RMM philosophy is this statement: No matter what music background you may or may not have, no matter what physical or mental limitations present themselves, you can participate in the joy of music making and express yourself creatively!&n...
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Where can you find training in adult teaching?

from the series: It's Never Too Late: Adult Piano Study Michelle Conda, Editor As more adults express an interest in piano, there are now more resources to help teachers learn how to work with these groups. In 1965, approximately 22% of adult Americans were seeking out some form of education.1 Most of these learners were preparing for job...
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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 share...
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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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