College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Lamont School of Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Music, Pedagogy, Piano, Recreational music making (RMM)
This project aims to answer the following research question: How can the piano pedagogy community embrace the Recreational Music Making movement to expand its reach among adults and transform the piano teacher’s sense of professional satisfaction and career sustainability? I will examine the opportunities that exist within piano pedagogy and the growth potential for RMM as a valuable pedagogical approach for adult group piano classes. As is routinely used in strategic business planning, a SWOT analysis will be conducted to determine the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the RMM movement within the piano pedagogy field. A relatively new (and contrarian) pedagogical approach, there exists significant research potential within the RMM movement, specifically as it relates to teaching piano to groups of amateur adults and when considering the extent to which the baby boomer population influences American society and the economy. This project will address the unique aspects of adult learners, the recreational music making philosophy, and the merits of adult RMM group piano classes for private studio piano teachers to consider.
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Bowlds, Jen, "Adult Recreational Music-Making and Its Place in Piano Pedagogy: An Examination of the Value of RMM to Both Student and Teacher" (2022). Musicology and Ethnomusicology: Student Scholarship. 135.