839 Beacon Street Newton Centre, MA 02459-1822
Phone: 617-332-3578
Store Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sat: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sun: Closed

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Music & Arts is committed to music education

Due to space limitations, Newton 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, I am the Manager at the Music & Arts in Newton Centre. I've been playing guitar for about 17 years, primarily focused...
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Senior Sales Associate
Expertise: Woodwinds, Woodwind Accessories, Saxophones, Clarinets, Drums & Percussion, Print Music, Keyboards, Amplifiers & Effects, Books, Sheet Music & Media
Hello! I am Cat, I work at the Music & Arts in Newton! I have been working here since September of 2017 following the completion...
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Senior Sales Associate
Expertise: Pro Audio, Drums & Percussion, Keyboards & MIDI, Folk & Traditional Instruments, Technology
Areas of Instruction: Drum Set, Percussion, Technology, Music Theory

Jason Arthur Karol is primarily a percussionist with extensive drum set and hand percussion experience. He studied under...

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Get to Know Music & Arts, Newton

Welcome to Music & Arts Newton, MA!


Formerly Newton Centre Music Shop, Music & Arts has been a fixture in the community for over sixty years. Our store is located on Beacon St. in downtown Newton Centre. Our store is set up to support any musical need you might have from purchasing instruments, print music, and accessories to lessons and repair. So, come visit us and we'll finally get you set up for those guitar lessons you've been talking about!

We proudly serve these local schools:

A E Angier Elementary School, Newton

Abbott Elementary School, Westford

Alcott Elementary School, Concord

Avery Elementary School, Dedham

Bowen Elementary School, Newton

Bowman Elemetary School, Lexington

Bridge Elementary School, Lexington

Brimmer and May School, Chestnut Hill

Brookline High School, Brookline

Brown Middle School, Newton

Burr Elementary School, Newton

Cabot Elementary School, Newton

Crisafulli Elementary School, Westford

Cunniff Elementary School, Watertown

Dedham Middle School, Dedham

Devotion Lower and Upper School, Brookline

Douglas Macarthur Elementary School, Waltham

Driscoll Elementary School, Brookline

Edith Baker Elementary School, Brookline

Fiske Elementary School, Lexington

Franklin Elementary School, W. Newton

Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham

Heath Elementary School, Brookline

Henry Whittemore Elementary School, Waltham

Horace Mann Elementary School, Melrose

Hosmer Elementary School, Watertown

James Fitzgerald Elementary School, Waltham

James R Lowell Elementary School, Watertown

John F Kennedy Middle School, Waltham

Joseph Estabrook Elementary School, Lexington

Joseph Lee Elementary School, Dorchester

Amos A. Lawrence Elementary School, Brookline

Lincoln Elementary School, Brookline

Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School, Newton

Maimonides Elementary School, Brookline

Mason-Rice Elementary School, Newton

McDevitt Middle School, Waltham

Memorial Spaulding Elementary School, Newton

Northeast Elementary School, Waltham

Oak Hill Middle School, Newton

Oakdale Elementary School, Dedham

Peirce Elementary School, Newton

Pierce Elementary School, Brookline

Riverdale Elementary School, Dedham

Runkle Elementary School, Brookline

St. Columbkille School, Boston

Stanley Elementary School, Waltham

Thomas Plympton Elementary School, Waltham

Underwood Elementary School, Newton

Ward Elementary School, Newton

Watertown Middle School, Watertown

Willard Elementary School, Concord

Williams Elementary School, Newton

Zervas Elementary School, Newton


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