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Recreational Music Center

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Bands & Ensembles, Music

Mission: The Mission of Recreational Music Center (RMC) is to cultivate the joy of making music through relevant, cutting edge teaching methods, making them available to everyone regardless of financial resources or other barriers.

Target demographics: Youth and adults to actively participate in music making in the San Diego communities, regardless of financial resources or other barriers.

Geographic areas served: San Diego, California

Programs: school programs, music camps, private lessons, live band experience, homeschool classes, ensembles and adult lessons.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both of my girls have attended classes (piano and guitar) and camps at RMC. The teachers and staff are top-notch! Above everything else, my girls learn to love music here...that is worth more than 5 stars!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son attends the recreational music center and I cannot say enough great, amazing things about it! Thank you RMC!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has been loving the music classes, music lessons, and parents night out opportunities at Recreational Music Center since moving to San Diego just over a year ago. My 4 year old son has looked forward to every Musical Friends class with tremendous joy, and has been enthusiastically taking 1-1 violin lessons with Mr. Michael for a few months. My 8 year old daughter has been taking Music Theory class with Mr. David, as well as violin lessons with Mr. Michael, for nearly a year now. She truly enjoys her classes and lessons due to her wonderful teachers. She is proud to be "a violinist" and is happily planning her next performance. Teachers at RMC wear their enthusiasm and passion for music on their sleeves--and their excitement is contagious. I treasure the teachers' positive guidance and the warmth of the entire RMC staff. Their joy for what they do has been a gift to our family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome. My daughter has enjoyed learning both guitar and piano.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We've been receiving music lessons for nearly 3 years now. All the staff have been fantastic and very friendly. The parents love the Parents Night Out and the children love the seasonal music recitals, playing at senior centers, and the awesome summer camps. RMC does so much for our community and our children.

Mari K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to thank Recreational Music Center for giving me and my 5 year old son first violin lesson experience. We are taking lessons with Michael and he's absolutely wonderful. You can tell he loves what he does and strives for the success for his students. I highly recommend him and entire studio!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a new volunteer for their Music4Change program and I love it here! The staff is so nice and really inspires me to want to work with kids more. Right now I'm a student that is studying teaching. Every day I come to volunteer, I learn so much about life, love, and music. It is so wonderful to be involved with such passionate people that really care about community involvement! Today I set up a display that advertises our Autumn Outreach event. I hope you will join us for our community outreach events!

Lani L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My toddler daughter loves the RMC. They have wonderful instructors and it's the best value!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both of my children take piano classes at RMC. The teachers are great and they have both enjoyed playing in the student showcases which are low-key but give the kids a chance to show off what they are learning. We've also had a couple birthday parties here which were a lot of fun!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such great teachers and such a positive learning environment. Their style really promotes self confidence.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been taking private piano lessons at RMC for almost 2 years, and my daughter just started at the beginning of this summer. Both kids look forward to their weekly lessons. I credit the wonderful instructors for making learning fun and interesting. They are incredible at working with kids of all ages and tailoring the lessons to fit each individual student's needs.

Whenever our friends ask about music lessons, I am quick to refer them to RMC as I know they will love it!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for existing RMC. The highly dedicated staff is not only teaching him to play the piano, they somehow use their magic so that he loves playing piano. Thank you for being professional, consistent and taking into consideration each person's needs.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As professionals in the field we've collaborated with RMC on a couple of occasions and have been so impressed with their high quality programs, friendly staff, and beautiful facility. They've also been generous in sharing their expertise. David and Leslie, the owners, are rare gems and truly care about helping communities and people through music.

Amy Dyson
Studio West

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has been part of Recreational Music Center for over 3 years. Our children started with the early childhood programs and loved every minute of each lesson! Our son has been a part of private lessons and the bands/ensembles and absolutely loves it. The staff of RMC is supportive, professional and they make learning music fun. They use specific strategies and current methods to teach our children in a positive learning environment. I would recommend RMC to any and everyone in our community!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family has been a part of the RMC family for 3 1/2 years now. My children have been involved in piano, drum, and voice lessons; also, camp and the toddler music class. RMC provides a loving, professional environment for all children to learn and grow. I admire David, Lesley and staff as they strive to make all our interactions with RMC easy. I recommend RMC to all my friends!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sons were a part of the RMC family from the beginning. They provided my boys with a love for music and true appreciation for all kinds of music and instruments. I watched them grow and mature as there abilities to play a variety of instruments was fostered and encouraged. The RMC staff is professional and caring. They all demonstrate the ability to guide the students and create an atmosphere of care and concern. The summer camps are phenomenal and they provided my boys with volunteer opportunities that helped them mature and serve their community. I can say nothing but wonderful things about RMC. They are an amazing organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has been with RMC since the beginning and it has been such a joy to see it grow into this beautiful music school providing students with such wonderful opportunities.
Both our sons have enjoyed being part of the bands and have taken private music lessons with RMC's fantastic teachers. When they were younger they both attended the great summer camps and over the last few summers our son has been a Counselor In Training. Currently our son is taking piano, drum, guitar and voice lessons. He is also a member of one of RMC's bands and all his teachers are top notch. Not only are the teachers extremely educated musicians, but they are also the nicest people and work so well with the students. Most of them are active musicians in their own bands or ensembles.
David and Leslie are always available and respond quickly to any concerns.
We hope to be a part of RMC for many more years to come and will enjoy watching the school continuing to grow.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been taking guitar lessons with Recreational Music Center for two years and has been involved in one of their rock band ensembles. It's a great organization to foster the love of music in everyone involved and I really admire their community outreach efforts. Music is a healing and enabling factor in people's lives and it's so wonderful that RMC works to spread that in San Diego.

I am also personally taking guitar lessons there and have learned so much. I became part of a rock band there as well and it's like a whole new lease on life for me. It's so fun to have an avenue of expression to enjoy and share. I highly recommend RMC, their programs and their great staff.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been taking piano for two years at RMC. David and the faculty are extremely passionate about enriching every child with musical talents! Because of RMC, my daughter was able to perform a beautiful piece at her school talent show! RMC Increases self esteem and confidence in children!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love RMC,I have a special needs toddler that attends their program. They have been amazing giving him attention and finding ways to teach him love for music,amazing group.