Musonia School Of Music was founded by Delores Rhoads in 1948, as a place where children and adults in the local community could receive music education at an affordable price. Run today by Delores's son Kelle Rhoads, Musonia continues to teach local students of all ages piano, drums, and guitar.
Randy Rhoads, the iconic guitarist of OZZY OSBORNE and QUIET RIOT, was the son of Delores Rhoads. He learned how to play guitar at Musonia. After his passing, Musonia now serves a dual role as a music school and the Randy Rhoads museum.
In order for Musonia to continue operating, it needs some small but urgent restoration work. The exterior of the school needs to be repainted to prevent decay of the wood. The guitar room and bathroom also need to be repainted, with some deep cleaning as well.
Most excitingly, the second half of the grand salon, which has previously been closed to tours, will be reopened and cleaned. This space will become the official Randy Rhoads museum. The Randy Rhoads artifacts and memorabilia would now have a dedicated and secure space in the building, preserving them for future generations.
Although the amount for this campaign is $2,000, Musonia actually needs up to $20,000 to restore the surfaces and infrastructure of the building. A Kickstarter campaign has been launched, offering some exciting rewards to supporters of the school and fans of Randy Rhoads.
The major challenge in this project is going to be painting and cleaning the school, while still protecting and storing the precious pieces of the Randy Rhoads museum.
The upright pianos and instruments from the second half of the grand salon (currently storage area) will need be moved out to the rear of the school.
The funding from Kickstarter will be used to fund the restoration, such as repainting the ceiling of the lobby and grand salon, and the exterior of the school, which is estimated at $8000.
The people behind the project say that they will need every dollar that can be provided from Kickstarter to get Musonia back into a condition where it can attract new students and visitors in the 21st Century.
Delores Rhoads leads the student orchestra at Musonia. That’s little Randy next to the piano.