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The Bellevue Music & Arts staff and school service representatives are dedicated to servicing our local schools, including Bellevue High School, Interlake High School, Newport High School, Sammamish High School, The International School, Chinook Middle School, Highland Middle School, Odle Middle School, Tillicum Middle School, Tyee Middle School, Ardmore Elementary, Bennett Elementary, Cherry Crest Elementary, Clyde Hill Elementary, Eastgate Elementary, Enatai Elementary, Jing Mei Elementary, Lake Hills Elementary, Medina Elementary, Newport Heights Elementary, Phantom Lake Elementary, Puesta Del Sol Elementary, Sherwood Forest Elementary, Somerset Elementary, Spiritridge Elementary, Stevenson Elementary, and Woodridge Elementary.
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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
To excite people about playing music, teaching music, and supporting musicians and their passion for music
To be the music retailer of choice for student musicians and music educators