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Museum of Making Music

The What Music Means to Me Project was begun by Richard Rejino to raise public awareness of the benefits of music in education and in the quality of our lives. One element of Rejino’s project is his book, What Music Means to Me (published by Hal Leonard, 2010).  In it he combines his original photographs with personal testimonials to document the profound impact that music-making has had on individuals from diverse backgrounds at various stages in their lives. Rejino’s vision and work got our attention and became the inspiration for this unique exhibition that will be on display from December 12, 2014 through August 2015.

What Music Means

First, you are invite you to experience the physical exhibition and the impact that music-making has had on others – captured in words and images by Rejino and in video at the Museum of Making Music. The exhibit incorporates original video footage, photography and quotes from people of all ages for whom music has proved essential and life-changing.

A wide variety of music makers are represented in the video including actor/pianist Robert Downey, Jr., musicians who have performed at the Museum, students from Vista-based Joli Ann Leichtag Elementary and members of the Museum’s New Horizons Band.

Beginning on Friday, December 12, 2014, you’re invited you to share your story with the Museum of Making Music in one of three ways to include it in this unique exhibition!

  • Use the hashtag #MusicMeans on Twitter or Facebook.
  • Write down what music means to you and send it in. 

Record your own message and upload it via their website.



museum of making music

Music soothes the mind, the heart, and the savage beast. Human beings have been making  various forms of music since the very beginning of our time here on the planet. The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad showcases and celebrates the instruments people play to create the sounds that linger in the memory long after the sound has stopped. With a focus on American musical instruments, the Museum has a permanent display that includes hundreds of vintage instruments, audio and video clips, and a vibrant interactive area.

Upcoming Events:

  • Local Flavor: Cody Lovaas
  • Sofia Rei Trio
  • Peter Gach: “Love in Music Benefit”

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Current Exhibitions:

The Banjo: A New Day for an Old Instrument

This is a special exhibit that reveals a compelling and triumphant story about “America’s Instrument.”  Today the banjo is nearly everywhere from children’s television, late-night television to the World Series. Grammy winning artists, famous comedians and international megastars often place the banjo at the center of their acts. Today, the banjo is so popular, a Google search for “banjo lessons” turns up nearly four million hits in 0.25 seconds! Click here to learn more!

Celebrating 30 Years of MDI

Developed in 1983, MIDI allows electronic instruments and computers to communicate with each other. it enables them to exchange information about a musical performance. MIDI revolutionized an industry and changed the way musicians make music and collaborate. A special display at the Museum of Making Music highlights MIDI capable instruments. It also features an interactive YouROCK guitar and E-MU Proteus 2 module. Click here to learn more!

Address: 5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm  Phone: (760) 438-5996

The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

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