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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
We serve local schools from our district! Alton Crews MS, Bay Creek MS, Brookwood HS, Couch MS, Creekland MS, Dacula MS, Five Forks MS, George Walton County Academy, Grace Snell MS, Grayson HS, JP McConnell MS, Loganville MS, Louise Radloof MS, Moore MS, Shiloh MS, South Gwinnett HS, Sweetwater MS, Trickum MS, Wynbrooke ES, Youth ES, Youth MS
Private Schools: Berean Baptist Academy, Covenant Christian Academy, Greater Atlanta Christian School, Killian Hill Christian School, Loganville Christian Academy, Providence Christian Academy
Instruments: Music & Arts is a certified dealer for most every well-known, reputable instrument manufacturer. We carry a full range of makes and models from student levels and beginner instruments all the way to professional, handmade instruments.
Band and Orchestral brands include: Armstrong, Altus, Azumi, Bach, Buffet, Bundy, Conn, Eastman, Getzen, Gemeinhardt, Haynes Classic, Jupiter, King, LeBlanc, Pearl Flutes, Powell-Sonare, Selmer-Paris, Yamaha, Yanagisawa, Howard Core, Scherl & Roth, and more!
Brands for Guitar/ Bass/ Amps/ Drum - Breedlove, Eastman, Epiphone, Fender, Ibanez, Mitchell, Takamine, Kustom, Ampeg, Vox, Harbinger, Simmons, Yamaha, Mapex, Marshall, Orange, Tama, Pearl, Sabian, Zildjian and more!
Have any questions about a particular product? Want to set up an appointment to try out an instrument? Email us at SnellvilleMGR@musicarts.com or Call us at 770-982-0822/ 770-982-0843/ 770-982-0352
Lessons: Music & Arts was established in 1952 as a music and dance studio. Now the nation’s largest lesson provider, we teach over 1.25 Million private lessons each year. At Snellville, over 300 students pass through our doors on a weekly basis to take lessons on most every instrument. While much of our student base are school-aged musicians, we believe it is never too late (or early!) to invest in your passion for music. We have some of the most reputable private instructors in the Snellville area. See our teacher list above to view our current roster!
Rentals: We also offer rentals for band and orchestra instruments for beginners.
Brand available for rentals : Bach, Engelhardt, Howard Core, Knilling, Glaessel, Lewis, Scherul & Roth, Strobel, Yamaha and more!
Rental rate for Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Drum Kits, Violin, and Viola starts at $25.99 per month
Rental rate for Alto Saxophone and Cello starts at $39.99 per month
Rental rate for French Horn, Euphonium, Bari Horn, Piccolo, Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet, String Bass starts at $59.99 per month
Rental rate for Oboe starts at $49.99 per month
Repairs: Our certified technicians service all of our brands. We offer free estimates, and some of the best work in Atlanta. Whether you need minor adjustments, or a complete overhaul, the Atlanta shop is fully funished to handle most any repair, and custom setups are welcome. Be sure to ask about our Instrument Maintenance coverage plan too!
Music & Arts – in partnership with Willis Music– is bringing another season of piano workshops to your local community! These exciting events are FREE OF CHARGE and run by seasoned clinicians that specialize in piano pedagogy. Learn the latest classroom techniques, win prizes, get amazing discounts on sought-after materials, and meet the authors from your favorite publications!
You don’t want to miss this opportunity, so RSVP now!
Call 770-982-0822 or email Snellvillemgr@musicarts.com
About the Workshop
Watch your students’ eyes light up as they discover the joy of playing jazz! Willis Music offers exciting jazz instruction and repertoire to motivate and inspire students of all levels. We'll show you how to incorporate basic jazz concepts into your lessons in a fun and non-intimidating way -- no experience required!
About the Clinician
Eric Baumgartner grew up with a musical family in Solo, Ohio (near Cleveland). His mother is a piano teacher and his father a guitarist and vocalist. He began piano lessons at age seven and was intrigued by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Stravinsky as he was with the Beatles, Stevie Wonder and Thelonious Monk. Eric studied classical piano with Maxine Cummins and Nancy Bachus and jazz piano with Pat Pace.
Mr. Baumgartner holds a bachelor of music degree from Boston’s Berklee College of Music and a master’s degree in jazz studies from Chicago’s DePaulUniversity. While in Chicago, he studied jazz with Larry Novak and Alan Swain and taught at the prestigious Swain Studios. His many published piano works include the jazz exercise series Jazzabilities. He also creates MIDI/CD orchestrations for many popular Willis publications including the Teaching Little Fingers to Play supplementary series and the John Thompson Popular Piano Series. He has conducted clinics throughout the United States and Australia, sharing with teachers his effective jazz pedagogy techniques.
Mr. Baumgartner’s weekends are often spent playing keyboard and guitar with various jazz, rock, and theatre groups including two celebrated tribute bands, Aja (Steely Dan) and Savoy Truffle (The Beatles). He has written two musical melodramas and has composed jingles for radio and TV commercials. He lives happily in Cincinnati with his wife, Aretta, and several furry creatures.