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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.
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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
Local Schools Served: George Mason University, McLean High School, Langley High School; Bishop O'Connell High School; Longfellow Middle School; Chesterbrook, Churchill Road Elementary, Colvin Run Elementary, Franklin sherman Elementary, Great Falls Elementary, Haycock Elementary, Jamestown Elementary, Kent Gardents Elem, Lemon Road Elem, St. john Academy, St. Luke School, The Potomac School, Westbriar School, Westgate Elementary, Wolftrap Elementary School and many more!
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
All music teachers receive an additional 10% off their teacher discount on print and accessories!
If you have large orders that may take a week to order and obtain, feel free to call us and place the order. We will have it ready by the next teacher appreciation day for you. If the book you are looking for is not in stock with us, we can order it and honor the discount as well.
Come to the East Coast's largest instrument showcase! This special event is specifically for that musician who is getting ready to upgrade their instrument so that they can play at a more advanced level. Horns A Plenty is unique in the fact that you get red carpet service in deciding what instrument will help you grow! In addition, vendors from brands such as Yamaha, Jupiter, Gemeinhardt, P.Mauriat and Buffett will be attending so you can get professional advice on your new instrument's care and potential accessories! Special event only pricing will be available that truly makes Horns A Plenty the best time of the year to make that next musical step!
If you have any questions as to how to register for an appointment, please call us! -703-356-9394