The Museum of Making Music’s Pivot to Online Programming and Education

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The Museum of Making Music’s Pivot to Online Programming and Education

Hosted by Mary Luehrsen, executive director of The NAMM Foundation.
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About This Episode

Talking Up Music Education is a podcast from The NAMM Foundation that shares news and stories about music education. This week we’re highlighting episode 95, featuring the Museum of Making Music [MoMM].

In this episode, staff from the MoMM- Carolyn Grant and B.J. Morgan- reflect on the universal language of music, pivoting to online programming, and the museum’s re-design for their 2021 reopening.

“It's a hard situation right now, but I think it has just made people realize how essential it is for us to communicate as human beings through music,” said Grant. “Person-to-person interaction and sharing of the musical language [is important].” 

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“Music is a connecting force. Making music and sharing that visceral experience is so important in bringing us together and continuing to help us move forward.” – B.J. Morgan

“We have spent a lot of time and energy pivoting to this online format, and the other 50 percent, 60 percent of our time and energy is being focused on working on the complete renovation of the museum. We are in the middle of redesigning our museum, reorganizing the storyline, updating the technology, and increasing the interactivity of our museum, of the Museum of Making Music.” – Carolyn Grant

“The ensemble experience for a while may look a little bit different, but the need to connect and the opportunity to connect will be stronger than ever.” – Mary Luehrsen

About MoMM@Home: “We just have to keep connected, even if it isn't perfect. And I really applaud our staff for being willing to do that. And then, little by little, we’ll have a little bit better presentation. It's been a fascinating and inspiring process to do it.” – Carolyn Grant

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