Beth Smith


Oral History Information

Interview Date
Job Title
School Service Specialist
Company Name
The Music Shoppe

Beth Smith was in her school’s band room when she overheard her director mention getting paid for a job involving music. She inquired and learned there was an opening at the local music store where her band director worked part-time. The year was 1993 and the store was The Music Shoppe in Normal, Illinois. After earning her master's degree and Ph.D. in Florida and being away from the industry for a while, Beth moved back to Normal and found there was a job at the store waiting for her. She has since become the school services specialist. Beth was a Women of NAMM (WoN) scholarship winner and attended the NAMM Show in April 2023, taking part in educational sessions and being exposed to the industry at large.