Bel Air

Festival at Bel Air

5-N Bel Air S Parkway Suite 1415 Bel Air, MD 21015-3811
Phone: 410-569-3500
Store Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sat: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sun: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Music & Arts is committed to music education

Due to space limitations, Bel Air does not offer lessons. Please check our locations directory for another store near you which may offer lessons.

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Retail Manager - N

Hello!  My name is Steve Pastelak and I'm the store manager of the Bel Air, Maryland Music & Arts.      From...
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Retail Sales Associate

Hi, everyone! My name is Julia, and I love music. I grew up with it, as my mom is a fantastic musician, and raised me from the...
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Retail Sales Associate
Expertise: Drums & Percussion, Concert Percussion

Hey!  I'm Nick, and I've recently started working at Music and Arts.  I'm studying at Harford Community in Music.  My...
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Senior Sales Associate
Expertise: Bass, Guitar

Hi, I'm Graham Mitchell! I've always loved music, but I didn't start playing music until my sophomore year of high school. My...

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Get to Know Music & Arts, Bel Air

Welcome to Music & Arts Bel Air! 

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Music has a special place in all of our lives in one way or another. Some people listen, some people play, and some people create. Whichever role you want to take just remember, at Music & Arts in Bel Air, our goal is to help you reach yours.

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


Our Bel Air location is proud to provide service for the students, parents, and teachers of Harford County Public and Private Schools, including:

Aberdeen Middle, Aberdeen High, Abingdon Elementary, Bakerfied Elementary, Bel Air Elementary, Bel Air Middle, Bel Air High, C. Milton Wright High, Church Creek Elementary, Churchville Elementary, Darlington Elementary, Deerfield Elementary, Dublin Elementary, Edgewood Elementary, Edgewood Middle, Edgewood High, Emmorton Elementary, Fallston Middle, Fallston High, Forest Hill Elementary, Forest Lakes Elementary, Fountain Green Elementary, George D. Lisby Elementary, Harford Christian School, Harford Technical High, Hall's Cross Roads Elementary, Havre de Grace Elementary, Havre de Grace Middle, Havre de Grace High, Hickory Elementary, Homestead/Wakefield Elementary, Jarretsville Elementary, John Archer Elementary, John Carroll School, Joppatowne Elementary, Joppatowne High, Magnolia Elementary, Magnolia Middle, Meadowvale Elementary, New Covenant Christian, Norrisville Elementary, North Bend Elementary, North Harford Elementary, North Harford Middle, North Harford High, Patterson Mill Middle, Patterson Mill High, Prospect Mill Elementary, Red Pump Elementary, Ring Factory Elementary, Riverside Elementary, Roye-Williams Elementary, Southampton Middle, St Joan of Arc School, St Margaret School, William Paca/Old Post Rd Elementary, William S. James Elementary, and Youth's Benefit Elementary School.  

  About Our Lesson Program

Music & Arts is the nation’s largest lesson provider, with over 1.25 Million private lessons taught each year.  Our instructors are experienced and well qualified, many of them having more than one college degree in their instrument.  They are flexible and most importantly they make learning music fun.  In Bel Air, our store houses four studios for private instruction, two of which are outfitted with digital pianos, and one of which is outfitted with a full size drumset.  At our store, we currently teach around 220 students per week, with lessons occuring daily.  In addition to teaching the extremely popular instruments such as guitar and piano, we have many teachers daily who teach various band and orchestra instruments. For more information, fill out a Lesson Request, or call (410) 569-3500.

  About Our Brands

We are your one-stop-shop when it comes to instrument and gear brands.  In the world of combo instruments including guitars, keyboards, and drumsets, we carry all of the top brands including Laurel Canyon, Fender, Taylor, Epiphone, Breedlove, Eastman, Yamaha, Ibanez, Marshall, Acoustic, Mapex, Meinl, Tama, Pearl, Vox, Ampeg, Mitchell, Jasmine, and many many more!  Our line of Band and Orchestra instruments is just as impressive; among our most popular brands, you will find Buffet, Yamaha, Gemeinhardt, Getzen, Jupiter, Bundy, Conn-Selmer, Fox, Vincent Bach, Powell, Giardinelli, Verve, as well as Otto Benjamin and Dragon string instruments along with the strings of Eastman Strings and Howard Core.

 About Our Rentals 

As a company, Music & Arts is the largest provider of instrument rentals, with more than 200,000 instruments being rented annually.  Our rental program is simple, easy, and 100% rent to own! All of your rental payments go towards the purchase of the instrument you are renting. We also offer special payoff options to our rental customers.  Along with our program, you have the option of exchanging your rental instrument for another of equal or greater value, and all of your rental money will travel from one to the other.  We highly recommend taking advantage of our rental instrument repair plan.  Some repairs can be costly, and its nice to know that you'll be covered when the time comes for repairs or even routine maintance. 

In Harford County, we carry educator-approved brands for our rentals.  These brands include, but are not limited to: Yamaha, Gemeinhardt, Jupiter, Bach, and Bundy for band instruments, as well as Scherl & Roth, Glaesel, Knilling, Lewis, and Eastman for string instruments.  We also have a full assortment of method books students need for their school classes in Harford County.  In addition to the popular Sound Innovations for Band, and Essential Elements for Strings, our stock of band and orchestral method books inlcude Essential Elements for Band, Accent on Achievement, Measures of Success, Standard of Excellence, Standard of Excellence Enhanced, Tradition of Excellence, Foundations for Superior Performance, All for Strings, Champion Strings, Do It!, New Directions for Strings, Sound Innovations for Strings, Strictly Strings, String Basics, String Explorer, and the Suzuki collection.  Various cleaning supplies and starter packs that contain all of the supplies that your student will need to get started and be successful can also be found at our store.

For more information about how to rent or our program, please call us at (410) 569-3500.  You can even rent through our Online Rentals webpage and have your instrument sent to you, or you can pick it up in our store.  Most band and orchestra instrument types are available every day of the week!

 About Our Repairs

Music & Arts is the largest provider of band and orchestra repair services, with more than 75 repair shops in service across the country.  Simply drop off your instrument at our store, and we will send it to our professional and certified repair technicians for all your repair needs.  Our Bel Air location utilizes our cutting-edge repair facility in Frederick, Maryland, also home of our corporate headquarters. These band and string repair shops in Frederick are among the best in the country, and have been newly renovated and re-opened in 2013.  Whether it is repadding a saxophone, pulling a stuck trumpet slide, or even rehairing a violin bow, we can send it to our repair shop.  Our repair shuttle runs from Bel Air to Frederick every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  For more information regarding our Repairs program, please call us at (410) 569-3500, or email