One Stop Shopping for RMM Teaching Information

This month’s guest blogger is an icon in the music education community.  Coming to us via our friends at Roland, here’s some excellent resource information on Recreational Music Making from Brenda Dillon:


Many teachers who are vaguely familiar with RMM (Recreational Music Making) want to know more about it before they include this kind of teaching in their schedules.  Music Teachers National Association is offering an excellent opportunity for this kind of information by having an RMM Track during Pedagogy Saturday at the MTNA convention in Anaheim, CA, on March 9, 2013.

A committee composed of Brenda Dillon (TX RMM author and teacher trainer), Emily Book McGree (Director of Education at Parlando School for the Arts in Boulder, CO) and Dr. Nan Baker Richerson (piano faculty at Gist Piano Academy in Lexington, KY) determined the topics and selected the clinicians. After a keynote address by Brian Chung (Senior Vice President of Kawai America), the following topics will be addressed:

  • RMM Specialist Program – a presentation on MTNA’s new program by the committee
  • RMM and Teenagers – Will Baily – RMM facilitator and composer, Scottsbluff, NE
  • RMM Creative Teaching Strategies – Margaret Hoover, independent piano teacher, Chicago, IL
  • RMM Combo with Young Students – Michael Stegner, clinician, performer, teacher and composer – Seattle, WA
  • RMM and Marketing – Amy Immerman – owner of Cincinnati Music Academy, Cincinnati, OH
  • RMM Materials and Websites – Rebecca Bellelo, doctoral candidate at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • RMM and Adult Private Students – Sarah Evans Moore, doctoral candidate from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
  • RMM on a Cruise Ship – Linda Christensen, piano and music technology faculty, Wayne State College, Wayne, NE
  • RMM and Summer Piano Camps – Debra Perez, pianist, curriculum developer and facilitator trainer, Corpus Christi and McAllen, TX

The value of attending this event is getting to hear numerous RMM teaching experts share their ideas about these diverse RMM topics.  Go to MTNA’s website ( to learn more about the conference and how to register.  We look forward to seeing you next March!


Thanks again to Brenda Dillon and Roland Corporation, US for this excellent information!


6 thoughts on “One Stop Shopping for RMM Teaching Information

  1. holly zendels

    Could you tell me more about RMM? I would like to know more about it.. how it works, where to get materials the teaching approach, etc. This is the first I have heard about it and would like to learn more about it.

    Holly Zendels

  2. James Harding Post author

    Hi, Holly! Thank you for your comment. I think the best way to find information on Recreational Music Making is to contact an RMM teacher. As with any method, there are several different approaches, etc. Brenda Dillon has a great approach and I think you would gain alot from her. She wrote a book called The Recreational Music Making Handbook: A Piano Teacher’s Guide. I am sure it would have a ton of great ideas for you. Best of luck!

  3. Holly Zendels

    will there be any more workshops,and are there any other piano teachers I get in touch with
    I would like to work with someone who already has an established practice?

  4. James Harding Post author

    Hi, Holly! Thank you for your question. I know that NAMM does a number of programs for music teachers throughout the year. I believe Yamaha does as well. Hopefully, you can get connected with one of them moving forward. Best of luck!

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