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A Smash Music Interns Story

May 9, 2018


My name is Joe McMahon. For the past three months I’ve been interning at Smash Music as part of my Capstone internship for Next Charter School.


I chose to come here because I know the staff and owner and when I was learning to play guitar, I came here. I learned a lot because I had a quality teacher. Since I’ve started here, Scott and the rest of the staff have done their best to make me a member of the Smash Music family. It’s the kind of store I always wanted to work in. There’s a certain element here that contrasts from other retail stores. When people walk in the store, it’s not just about the transaction. We try to build relationships with the members of our community. We love our regulars and are always eager to meet new people.


For my internship mainly I’ve been interning under my mentor and the owner of Smash Music, Scott Graves. I first met Scott years ago when I was taking guitar lessons here. We would have various conversations before and after my lessons. After coming here for one of the shows a friend of mine while still looking for an internship, I realized this was definitely a place I could see myself at. So I talked to Scott about it and he agreed to take me on and teach me everything he knows about the business. Over the course of my time here I have come to understand the complexities and very important details of the music business. I have also increased my musical knowledge beyond that of just guitar.


At Smash Music there’s something for everyone. We stock guitars, drums, band instruments, orchestra instruments, digital accessories, amps, microphones, and various other musical products. However what’s most interesting is the makerspace next to our main store. There we are really bringing more culture to downtown Derry. We have yoga classes, dance classes, early childhood development classes, music therapy and a printmaking workshop. We also host shows on most Fridays of the month. These shows range from rock to jazz and we are always looking for more performers.


We are constantly making improvements to the store. Soon we will even have CDs and vinyl for sale. Over the course of my internship I have seen a lot of changes made to the store. For many years before Scott bought the place, our store was known as Daren’s Music and it was mainly a guitar store. Now Scott has been transforming Smash Music into a store that can service band and orchestra as well. While we still have an ample in-store selection of guitars, we now have several fine brass, woodwind, and stringed instruments as well as percussion.


Overall I would say my time at Smash Music has been an enlightening and enjoyable experience. I've come to a different understanding of the music business and learned a lot along the way. I encourage all to visit because Smash Music has what you are looking for.  

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