AEG’s L.A. Live has gone from a fun, entertainment concept to a groundbreaking monument with the addition of the Grammy Museum. Just opened on Dec. 6, the Grammy Museum walls hold a 30,000 square-foot story of every musical genre, from its inception, recording process and the “history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music – the Grammy award.”

Grammy Museum Executive Director Robert Santelli explains, “Our exhibits and programs explore the process of music making – from songwriting to recording – while celebrating the interconnected histories of all genres of music.”

Four floors of innovation entice your eyes and ears with interactive films and exhibits, original outfits worn by some of the world’s top musicians and a Sound Stage where you get to experience Grammy moments from the artist’s point of view.

While the museum offers different aspects of the music industry, the thing that strikes as the most promising is the commitment to continuation of musical education and programs for middle and high school youth. Starting in 2009, the Grammy Museum Classroom will offer Saturday guitar lessons and after school music production classes.

In addition, Family Programs are offered one Saturday a month at 10 a.m. These are designed to allow “multiple generations to explore musically related themes in a kid-friendly environment.”

Of special note, Jan. 15, 2009 marks the debut of the program series “An Evening With.” Kicking off the sure to be exciting series is Beach Boy mastermind and co-founder Brian Wilson as he answers questions about Pet Sounds, arguably the best Beach Boy album, and his modern “Part II” masterpiece Smile. “An Evening With” will continue to feature Grammy award-winning and professional musicians.

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