“Recreational Music Making refers to any form of music making that is not based on mastery of performance. Recreational Music Making encompasses enjoyable, accessible and fulfilling group music-based activities that unite people of all ages regardless of their challenges, backgrounds, ethnicity, ability or prior experience. RMM ultimately affords unparalleled creative expression that unites our bodies, minds and spirits.” Karl Bruhn, Father of the Music Making and Wellness movement.
The word “Recreational” gets it’s meaning from the latin word recreatio which means to refresh or restore, recovery from illness, to refresh by physical influence. Recreational Music Making (RMM) programs are group music programs that emphasize quality of life and non-musical outcomes rather than competition or heightened performance. The class setting of an RMM program creates a social support dynamic that also contributes to the enhancement of one’s quality of life. RMM programs are a powerful catalyst for quality of life improvements that lead to better health and rehabilitation.