San Diego Association Helping Adults Worldwide Learn to Play Music

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Plaque Dedicated to the Opening of NAMM in CarlsbadDo you want to learn to play a musical instrument? Do you wish you started when you were in school? Well, you’re not alone and its never too late.

The International Music Products Association in Carlsbad has created the Wanna Play? Campaign. According to the Association, 82% of adults who never played a musical instrument, wish they had. To satisfy this wish, the Association has set up a web site for you to learn how to find a great music teacher, learn more about music, and help find a local musical instrument retailer. Campaign supporters include popular stars, including actor Adam Brody (former San Diegan) and guitarist Michelle Branch.

The Association is known as NAMM after its original name, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). Every January, NAMM holds the largest music products trade show in United States.

NAMM began in 1916, with the help of the Steinway & Sons piano company, as the National Association of Piano Merchants of America. In 1919, it expanded to include all merchants of musical instruments and became known as NAMM. NAMM now represents 9,000 retailers in 85 countries.

The Association moved its headquarters to Carlsbad in 1998 and created the Museum of Making Music. I’ll talk about the museum in tomorrow’s post.

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