Community Music School

WIU Community Music School - Recreational Music Making

Beginning Class Piano for Adults

Recreational Music Making (RMM) is defined as “A new strategy for enabling people who never before considered themselves musical to discover the joy and wellness benefits of playing a musical instrument.” (NAMM Global Summit, Spain, 2002)


  • Learning in a non-stressful environment.
  • Focus on student goals rather than teacher goals.
  • Open to "volunteer only" solo playing.
  • Focus on mastering concepts rather than mastering repertoire.
  • Patient teaching that guides student progress at student's pace.
  • Flexible curriculum pacing with students choosing repertoire with teacher guidance.
  • Age is never a factor in learning to play the piano.
  • Learning is a journey, not a race.
  • Value of the whole person rather than just one's musical ability.

RMM students learn to read music and play at their skill level. Other skills to be learned include reading lead sheets, playing accompaniments, harmonization, sight-reading, improvisation, playing by ear, and other musicianship skills.

Class Schedule

Saturdays, 10:00-11:00 AM

Beginning September 20 - November 15

Location – Browne Hall Piano Lab, Room 213

Tuition - $125/9 week semester


  • Mr. Mathew Nall
  • Miss Amy Broadbent

Program Supervisor

Dr. Tammie Walker, Professor of Piano

Western Illinois University

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For registration information, contact Matt Nall (Email: or submit online form.

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