La Jolla Music

James Owen has been teaching at La Jolla Music nearly since the beginning.  The store was established in 1962 and James started working there just a few years later.  As a teenager, he was the first guitarist to win the Redlands Bowl Youth Artists Auditions, which fueled his passion for music.  He...
Jim Peterson started La Jolla Music in 1962, just a few years after his career in music retail began.  Jim worked as a gigging musician in and around San Diego at night and on weekends in the late 1950s and early 1960s.  His day job was as a salesman for a local music store and when an opportunity...
Bob Ryder grew up surrounded by music and began playing saxophone at an early age.  When he and his wife, Janine, had the opportunity to purchase La Jolla Music in the 1990s, Bob was thrilled.  The couple expanded the store’s product line while building new brands of products from overseas.  The...
Janine Ryder and her husband, Bob, owned La Jolla Music on Girard Avenue for several years beginning in the 1990s.  At the time, the store needed new product brands, which Janine expanded by replacing  the store's instruments offerings from Asian made to those manufactured by Selmer, Yamaha, Taylor...
David Woo purchased La Jolla Music with a goal to focus on the lesson programs.  His children took music lessons in the store and he wanted to capture the key element of the store by providing its community with music lessons.  David expanded the number of lesson rooms, teachers, and instrument...