Welcome to RMM (Recreational Music Making) Group Piano for Adults! We are so excited that you are taking this first step toward learning to play the piano. No former experience with piano or music is needed to join our classes, and you will find yourself in a very supportive environment that allows you to work at your own pace.
The beginning recreational music making class is the perfect starter course to give you basic piano skills. What you learn in the class has the potential to continue enriching your life for many years to come. We strongly believe that everyone should experience the joy of music making, and group classes are a great way to get started!
How the Class Works
The Adult RMM classes last eight weeks, giving students an opportunity to try out a short segment of instruction. This short-term commitment is an affordable way to get started.
Classes are designed to allow students to move at a comfortable beginning pace. No music experience is needed.
Students take RMM classes in our digital piano lab. The RMM classroom is equipped with five Yamaha YPG-235 digital pianos and a Yamaha grand piano. Each student will have a personal digital piano and headphones to use during the class. Class size is limited to five students.
Benefits of Music Making
Encourages Creativity: Music affects our creativity through enhanced brain activity. This can inspire innovative solutions and evoke memories, emotions, and experiences—all powerful catalysts for ideation.
Elevates Moods: Have you ever experienced a sensation of “chills” when listening to music? Playing piano can alter emotions through the release of serotonin and dopamine, “feel-good” neurotransmitters that provide the brain with positive emotions.
Calms the Mind: Time spent playing piano improves mental health. People who make music, experience less anxiety, loneliness, and depression.
Fosters Community: For more than 300 years, the piano has been a staple of the home, bringing together families and friends, and strengthening communities with the power of music.
Maintains an Aging Brain’s Health: Research has shown that piano lessons for older adults have a significant impact on increased levels of Human Growth Hormone, which slows the adverse effects of aging.
Exercises the Body: Even though you’re sitting down, playing the piano is a workout all its own, improving the fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Bringing music into your life is also proven to reduce heart and respiratory rates and cardiac complications, as well as to decrease blood pressure and increase immune response.
Most Importantly, music making is a joyful experience that can be fun, passionate, and even spiritual. Regardless of the other benefits, piano is an activity worth pursuing.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens after I finish the first eight-week class? After the first eight-week class, students can sign-up for another eight-week term, which will cover the second portion of their piano method book. At the end of two consecutive eight-week classes, students may choose to move on to level two of recreational music making, or if more time is needed to feel comfortable, students may retake the beginning class. New music is used with each teaching of the beginning class, allowing students to get more practice with additional repertoire at the same level before moving on. Your teacher is more than happy to help you decide when it is the right time to move on to the next level.
How many levels of group classes do you offer? What comes next? Lakeside Piano Studios currently offers three levels of recreational music making. After completion of level three, students can move into a private lesson for more individualized one-one-work with a teacher.
What does the tuition cover? Tuition includes eight classes, one hour each. Tuition covers the use of digital pianos and studio technology during the class. Tuition pays for an RMM piano book that is yours to keep at the end of the class.
When is tuition paid? Are there any tuition refunds? Tuition must be paid in full at the first class and no refunds will be given for students who miss classes or choose to discontinue before the end of eight weeks.
What happens if I miss a class? Lakeside Piano Studios tries to run multiple group piano classes throughout the week. If you cannot attend your scheduled class, you may attend another class as a make-up lesson. Please try your best not to book other events/appointments during your class time. A make-up class cannot be given if there are no other classes that match your availability.
Do I need a piano at home? In order to get the maximum benefit from this class, it is advised that you purchase a digital or acoustic piano for at-home playing.
How much independent practice time is required? For recreational music making, much more emphasis is placed on “playing” than “practicing”. Recreational music making takes a more relaxed approach to piano instruction. We have no precise suggestion for the amount of time you should be playing each day. Consistency is key.