Spend a day traveling through musical time at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad. Tour five exceptional exhibits that are in chronological order, and see how musical instruments have influenced popular music for over a century. Learn how wars and recessions have affected the music industry and how innovations have created new music markets while making others obsolete. Get up close and personal with the rich history of music legends and how they inspired entire generations with unique and popular sounds. Visitors can immerse themselves in the history of the music industry from how instruments were crafted to how they were marketed and sold throughout the years.
Nineteenth Century SoundsIn Gallery One, you’ll learn about the popular musical sounds of the late eighteen hundreds and early nineteen hundreds. The influx of immigrants coming to the United States greatly increased musical instrument sales between 1890-1899, since during this time playing an instrument like a piano made one seem more cultured and alluring to others in the middle class. Instruments were were hand-crafted. Sheet music was sold by business owners singing music to locals in stores and beer halls. Black pianists had perhaps the greatest influence over popular music at the time with the development the syncopated beat of ragtime, which led to huge instrument sales.
Music Through the Forties
As visitors make their ways through Galleries Two and Three lead visitors they will discover the influences on the musical eras of the 1910s to the late 1940s. In the 1910s, the ragtime inspired dance craze and an increase in patriotic songs designed to keep up morale during World War I were the biggest influences in music sales. The 1920s introduced jazz and the roaring twenties, but by the end of the decade, the development of talkies combined with the stock market crash negatively impacted the music industry. In the 1930s and 1940s the Great Depression followed by World War II were made for more hard times in the music industry. Even the wildly popular Big Band era with its accompanying dance craze could not support the music industry. Many productions stopped so resources could be used for war efforts.
Baby Boomers, Elvis, and The Beatles
The war ended and along came the baby boomers of the 50s and 60s; this large group of school aged kids helped to turn the music industry around. Schools were implementing more music classes and people could now rent instruments. Big names like Elvis and the Beatles were helping to increase instrument sales due to a multitude of garage bands that were forming. During the 60s the Vietnam War and the oil embargo played roles in bringing down the music industry once again. It wasn’t until the eighties that the music began to thrive again, thanks to the digital presence.
Where Music Goes From Here
Visitors can follow the roller coaster ride of music industry through history and get a glimpse of where it may be headed next at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad. The galleries collectively showcase over 500 instruments from the time periods, many of which were handmade. Audio and video clips for each era present the historical milestones of music that are featured throughout the museum. There is even an area for visitors to try out some of the instruments for themselves. This museum offers a fun and fascinating experience for the whole family.
5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone: (760) 438-5996