It’s never to late to learn how to play the piano: spring ‘recreational music making’ session opens at Concordia
March 21, 2011—Experience the joy of learning to play the piano in an eight-week session while reducing stress during Concordia University Chicago’s spring recreational music-making session.
Recreational music-making or RMM is a researched-based way for people to learn to play the piano with singing, swaying, drumming, and harmonizing intended to simultaneously reduce stress, fight memory loss and increase productivity in a group setting.
Concordia’s Preparatory and Community Piano Program is offering a spring community session of “Making Music Together” 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 12 through May 31. Cost for the eight 60-minute classes for beginners is $180 and includes materials. To enroll or for more information, contact Concordia Director of Music Programs Craig Sale at (708) 209-3141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Recreational Music Making classes are very different from traditional performance-oriented lessons,” said Sale. “These classes focus on the experience and learning of music through playing the piano, singing, drumming, movement and listening activities.”
These classes are especially beneficial for senior citizens. Recent research has shown the health benefits of these classes are very effective in reducing stress and lowering blood pressure. The low-impact physical activities and opportunity to socialize also benefits students’ wellness.
"Knowing that these classes contribute to a person's wellness is very rewarding. But the biggest reward of all is the enjoyment the students get from them."
About Concordia University Chicago
Founded in 1864, Concordia University Chicago is a comprehensive liberal arts-based Christian university in the Lutheran tradition. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Graduate and Innovative Programs, Concordia offers more than 100 areas of study in small classes taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success.
Under the leadership of President John F. Johnson, Concordia equips men and women to serve and lead with integrity, creativity, competence and compassion in a diverse, interconnected and increasingly urbanized church and world. More than 5,000 full-time undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at Concordia, located 10 miles west of downtown Chicago in River Forest. Learn more at www.cuchicago.edu.