Museum of Making Music

 Joy Akerman was one of the first volunteers in NAMM’s Museum of Making Music docent programs back in 1999.  Over the years, she became active in many elements of the museum, including the store and the monthly volunteer training classes.  Her love of people and music made her role at the museum a...
Stephen Bennett provided music lessons in two music stores in the late 1970s while gigging at night. It was the first time he quit his day job, at a department store, to focus on music full time. During the 1980s he was given his great grandfather’s harp guitar and soon incorporated the instrument...
Jacinta Beunkala grew up taking piano lessons, without even owning a piano. She would use a friend’s piano when she could, but would often pretend with a set of keys she made out of cardboard to practice. When her parents purchased an upright piano a few years later, Jacinta was hooked to the sound...
Gerry Bongard has enjoyed playing music since he was a kid. Along the way he has become eloquent in his explanation of the benefits of music making and the passion music can add to your life. Gerry has taken part in the early development of the New Horizon's Band, which rehearses at the Museum of...
Jerry Carp has volunteered as a docent for NAMM’s Museum of Making Music and helped spread the history of the music products industry to many museum visitors since its opening in 2000. During his years surrounded by musical innovation, Jerry became very interested in the Theremin, the first...
Ruth Charles and her husband Dick opened a music store in Glendale, California, called Charles Music. They enjoyed a long life together as music makers and teachers and retailers of musical products. The couple pioneered many products in the southern California area including those of Yamaha and...
Allan Clark began taking training classes as a volunteer docent right when the Museum of Making Music was opened to the public in 2000.  Since that time Allan has provided countless tours of the museum as well as volunteered at many museum events such as the annual fund raisers.  Shortly after his...
Sue Collier-Lewis played piano as a young girl and loved singing, a passion that has continued with her all throughout her career as a music teacher and music advocate.  After earning her master’s degree in music education she opened her own studios, which lead to her relationship with the Yamaha...
Françoise Dahod was born and raised in France, and remembers classical music often being played around the house. In her 20s, she came to the United States and was first introduced to new types of music. Her daughter played the clarinet, piano, and sang, which showed Françoise how important music...
Murray Davison was a trumpet player who had a few gigs during the Big Band Era, but had to get a day job after the war. While he became a successful businessman, music was never far away. In the 1960s, he established the "Jazz at Noon" concert series in New York City and, a decade later, began...

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