East Hartford

42 Main Street East Hartford, CT 06118-3208
Phone: 860-568-0692
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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Blog Archives

03/17/2018 - 72 HOUR FLASH SALE!
08/25/2017 - Try a new instrument!
03/18/2017 - Secret Sale is coming!

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Music & Arts is committed to music education

Due to space limitations, East Hartford 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
Expertise: Drums & Percussion, Guitar

Hey there! My name is Kyle Tripp and I'm very excited to be a part of the Music & Arts family. Joining this team of talented...
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Senior Sales Associate
Expertise: Guitar, Amplifiers & Effects, Keyboards, Accessories

Hi! I'm Nick, and I'm very excited to be a part of the amazing team here in Avon! Spreading the love for music is what I love...

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Get to Know Music & Arts, East Hartford

Welcome to Music & Arts East Hartford, CT

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Formerly Riccardo's Music Center, our store has been the community's resource for music education, instruments and accessories, print music, band and string instrument repairs and so much more for over 40 years! We have private lessons on instruments of all types, PLUS a huge selection of new products and clearance items at great prices.  We are conveniently located on Main Street in East Hartford, so stop by and visit us soon! 

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 1.5 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


Schools we Service at Music and Arts:

 Broad brook Elementary, Brownstone Intemediate, button ball, Center Elementary, Charles Wright Elementary, Corpus Christi, Eastbury, East Hartford Middle School, Eli Terry Elementary, Emerson-Williams elementary, Anne Fisher magent, Gideon Middle, Goodwin Elementary, Alfred W Hanmer, Hebron Ave, Hebron Elementary, High Crest Elementary. Hopewell, Richard Hubbard Elementary. John F Kennedy, Jumoke Academy, Langford Elementary, Lawrence Elementary, Elmer Thienes Elementary, Martin Kellogg, Metacomet Elementary, Naubuc Elementary, Nayaug Elementary, North Street Elementary, O'connell Elementary, Oliver ellsworth, Pleasant Valley Elementary, Pittkin Elementary, Poquonock Elementary, George Robertson Intermediate, Samuel B Webb Elementary, Myrtle H Stevens, St Christopher School, St Gabriel School, Two Rivers Magnet Middle, Indepent Day School, West Hill Elementary, WoodSide Intermediate,