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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
Music & Arts has serviced the musical needs of Students, Teachers, and Professional musicians in Chesterfield, Charles City, Henrico, Hanover, New Kent Counties and the City of Richmond for over 15 years. Located at 4701 W. broad St. Richmond, Va 23230, we specialize in Instrument Rentals and Sales, Music Lessons, Instrument Repairs, Accessories Sales and offer the area’s largest selection of Sheet Music.
We proudly serve our local schools: ALBERT HILL MIDDLE SCHOOL, ARMSTRONG HIGH SCHOOL, ATLEE HIGH SCHOOL, BELLEVUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, BINFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL, BLACKWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’ BROOKLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL, BYRD MIDDLE SCHOOL, CHARLES CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL, CHICKAHOMINY MIDDLE SCHOOL, CHIMBORAZO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, DEEP RUN HIGH SCHOOL DOUGLAS FREEMAN HIGH SCHOOL, DOUGLAS WILDER MIDDLE SCHOOL E S H GREENE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, ELIZABETH D REDD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, ELKHARDT MIDDLE SCHOOL, ELKO MIDDLE SCHOOL FAIRFIELD COURT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, FAIRFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL FRED D THOMPSON MIDDLE SCHOOL, GEORGE H MOODY MIDDLE SCHOOL’ GEORGE W CARVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, GEORGE WYTHE HIGH SCHOOL, GINTER PARK MODEL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL, HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL, HENRICO HIGH SCHOOL’ HERMITAGE HIGH SCHOOL, HIGHLAND SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL, HOLMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL, HUGUENOT HIGH SCHOOL, HUNGARY CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL, J B FISHER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, J E B STUART ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, J R TUCKER HIGH SCHOOL, JOHN B CARY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL, JOHN ROLFE MIDDLE SCHOOL, LEE-DAVIS HIGH SCHOOL, LIBERTY MIDDLE SCHOOL, LINWOOD HOLTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, LUCILLE BROWN MIDDLE SCHOOL, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR MIDDLE SCH, MARY MUNFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, MILES JEROME JONES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, MILLS E GODWIN HIGH SCHOOL, OAK GROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, OAK KNOLL MIDDLE SCHOOL, OVERBY-SHEPPARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, POCAHONTAS MIDDLE SCHOOL, SHORT PUMP MIDDLE SCHOOL, ST. CHRISTOPHERS SCHOOL, ST. MARY CATHOLIC SCHOOL, SWANSBORO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, T H HENDERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL, THOMAS C BOUSHALL MIDDLE SCHOOL, THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL, TUCKAHOE MIDDLE SCHOOL, VARINA HIGH SCHOOL, WILLIAM FOX ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Music & Arts is home to an accomplished staff of professional music educators who teach over 100 private music lessons every week in our on-site private studios. Currently we offer the following selections:
Acoustic Guitar Lessons - Electric Guitar Lessons - Classical Guitar Lessons - Electric Bass Lessons - Ukulele Lessons- Drum Set Lessons - Snare Drum Lessons - Percussion Lessons - Keyboard Lessons - Piano Lessons - Voice Lessons - Violin Lessons - Flute Lessons - Clarinet Lessons - Saxophone Lessons - Trumpet Lessons - Trombone Lessons - Music Theory Lessons –
We carry great name brand educator approved instruments and accessories like:
Conn-Selmer Band and String Instruments including Bach, Yanagisawa, Selmer Paris, Conn, Glaesel, King, Holton, Leblanc, Ludwig, Musser, Scherl and Roth, Lewis and Son, and Armstrong.
Jupiter Band Instruments and Mapex Drums including, Azumi Flutes, the Jupiter XO Trumpet and Trombone series, and the entire student level Jupiter Capital Edition band line.
Giardinelli Flutes with a Haynes Headjoint.
Pearl Flutes and piccolos.
B&S brass instruments.
Giardinelli Band instruments.
P. Mauriat saxophones and trumpets.
Yamaha Brass and Wind instruments.
Buffet Clarinets and Saxophones.
Howard Core String Instruments.
Wolfpak and Protec instrument cases.
Hercules instrument stands.
Dominant, Xyex, Helicore, Prelude, Pirastro, and Kaplan Strings. Kaplan, Hill, Hidersine and Gold Flex Rosin. Everest and Kun Shoulder Rests.
Vandoren Blue Box, V16, V12, Java, Java Red, Rico, Legere Signature Series, La Voz, Mitchell Lurie, Hemke, D'Addario Reserve, Jones, Emerald, and Eastman Reeds
Fender Guitars and Amps.
Yamaha Guitars, Keyboards, Digital Pianos, Drums and Recorders.
Eastman Guitars, Trumpets, Trombones, Saxophones and Strobel Violins, Violas, Cellos, and Basses.
Otto Benjamin Violins, Violas, and Cellos.
Rudoph Doetsch Violins, Violas and Cellos.
Laurel Canyon Guitars and Ukuleles.
Zildjian and Sabian Cymbals.
Evans and Remo Drumheads.
Vic Firth, Pro Mark, Innovative Percussion and Vater Sticks and Mallets.
TC Electronics, Boss, Dunlop, Ibanez, and Zoom Guitar Effects Pedals.
Korg, Snark, Delta Lab, and Seiko Metronomes and Tuners.
Elixir, Fender, D'Addario, Martin, DR, and Ernie Ball Guitar and Bass Strings.
Fishman Amps. Casio Keyboards. Williams Keyboards. Harbinger PA's.
And if we don't have it in the store we can usually send it directly to your home with FREE SHIPPING in only 3 business days!