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The first Music & Arts was located in a small house in Bethesda, MD and run by founder Benjamin O’Brien. When Music & Arts opened its doors in 1952, we offered printed music, music lessons, dance lessons, and art supplies. Ben decided shortly after opening his business that he wanted to focus on music to better serve his customers – a decision that remains intact to this day.
Since the 1990s, Music & Arts has expanded nationwide through organic growth and a series of acquisitions and mergers with other music dealers. In 2005, Music & Arts joined forces with American Music, a division of Guitar Center, to become the largest band and orchestra instrument retailer in the United States.
Still run by the O’Brien family, Music & Arts now comprises close to 500 retail and affiliate locations and over 100 educational representatives nationwide. Now based in Frederick, MD, the company of trained musicians offers friendly service and everything musical for students, parents, and educators, including instruments, lessons, music books and accessories, rentals and repairs.
Music & Arts is designed to provide the most comprehensive offerings for student musicians and music educators. Our goal is to create the best possible multichannel experience for our customers. As a result of this, Music & Arts has earned notoriety as:
- The nation’s largest lesson provider, with over 1.25 Million private lessons taught each year
- The largest provider of instrument rentals, with more than 200,000 instruments rented annually
- The largest school music dealer, serving more than 5000 schools nationwide
- The largest fleet of outbound salespeople, with over 100 educational representatives visiting schools
- The largest provider of B&O repair services, with more than 75 repair shops in service across the country
Our Vision: To excite people about playing music, teaching music, and supporting musicians and their passion for music
Our Mission: To be the music retailer of choice for student musicians and music educators
The Princeton Music & Arts staff and school service representatives are dedicated to servicing our local schools including Afton Elementary School, Alexander Elementary School, Applegarth Elementary School, Auten Road Intermediate School, Bear Tavern Elementary School, Brooks Crossing Elementary School, Brunswick Acres Elementary School, Cambridge Elementary School, Chapin School, Charles Boehm Middle School, Chesterfield Elementary School, Community Middle School, Community Park Elementary School, Constable Elementary School, Crossroads North Middle School, Crossroads South Middle School, Ethel McKnight Elementary School, Goodnoe Elementary School, Grace Norton Rogers Elementary School, Greenbrook Elementary School, Greenwood Elementary School, Hightstown High School, Hillsborough High School, Hillsborough Middle School, Hopewell Elementary School, Hopewell Valley Central High School, Indian Fields Elementary School, John Witherspoon Middle School, Johnson Park Elementary School, Klockner Elementary School, Kuser Elementary School, Lalor Elementary School, Langtree Elementary School, Lawrence Intermediate School, Lawrence Middle School, Littlebrook Elementary School, Macfarland Intermediate School, Makefield Elementary School, McGalliard Elementary School, Melvin H Kreps Middle School, Mercerville Elementary School, Millstone River School, Monmouth Junction Elementary School, Montgomery Township High School, Montgomery Township Lower Middle School, Montgomery Upper Middle School, Morgan Elementary School, Pearl S Buck Elementary School, Pennwood Middle School, Perry L Drew Elementary School, Pond Road Middle School, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, Princeton Charter School, Princeton Day School, Princeton High School, Quarry Hill Elementary School, Richard Crockett Middle School, Riverside Elementary School, Robinson Elementary School, Rutgers Preparatory School, Scicore Academy, Sol Feinstone Elementary School, South Brunswick High School, Stone Bridge Middle School, Stony Brook Elementary School, Thomas Grover Middle School, Timberlane Middle School, Toll Gate Grammar School, University Heights Elementary School, Village Elementary School, Waldorf School of Princeton, Walter C Black Elementary School, West Windsor Plainsboro High School, Westminster Conservatory of Music, Wilberforce School, William Penn Middle School, and many more!!