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What is Recreational Music Making?


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  • 1. What isRecreational Music Making?
  • 2. "Recreational Music Making refersto playing musical instruments aloneor in a group without the goals ofmastery or performance."
  • 3. RMM Philosophy• Recreational Music Making is about the experience of making music more than it is about the outcome• Recreational Music Making should provide a fun, inclusive musical experience for everyone Source:
  • 4. RMM Philosophy Everyone should experience the joy and benefits of music making Music making can be enjoyed without stress and performance requirements Music making can nurture the whole person and improve quality of life Music making is beneficial to the health of the participant Focus on individual student progress not competition All solo playing is voluntary
  • 5. Music is Good for the Body Playing music reduces stress and has been shown to reverse the bodys response to stress at the DNA- level (Dr. Barry Bittman) Playing music "significantly" lowered the heart rates and calmed and regulated the blood pressures and respiration rates of patients who had undergone surgery (Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Neb., and St. Marys Hospital in Mequon, Wis.) Source: music/seniors
  • 6. "When listening to our favorite songs, our bodybetrays all the symptoms of emotional arousal.The pupils in our eyes dilate, our pulse and bloodpressure rise, the electrical conductance of our skinis lowered, and the cerebellum, a brain regionassociated with bodily movement, becomesstrangely active. Blood is even re-directed to themuscles in our legs. (Some speculate that this iswhy we begin tapping our feet.) In otherwords, sound stirs us at our biological roots.” “The Neuroscience of Music”
  • 7. Music is Good for the Soul“Many have been the times when I sat down at thepiano and played away my blues. When my heart wasaching and all I could do was cry, playing the pianoalways brought a certain amount of comfort andstability to my world.”“Music is a gift that lasts a lifetime. While not everyonepossesses the natural talent for playing well, the way Isee it, a little music is better than no music at all.” Excerpt from a guest editorial in the Dallas Morning News by Dayle Shockley
  • 8. The Survey Says… According to 2009 U.S. Census data, only about 8 percent of Americans play musical instruments regularly and another 5 percent sing in a chorus or chorale According to a 2009 Gallup poll conducted by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), 85 percent of the Americans who do not play musical instruments wish that they did
  • 9. For more information about RMM visit: