Waterford Commons

907 Hartford Turnpike Suite E11 Waterford, CT 06385-4268
Phone: 860-442-8884
Store Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sun: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Store Services

Blog Archives

03/09/2018 - Percussion Showcase!
07/31/2017 - August Open Mic Night!
06/13/2017 - FREE drum class!

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Music & Arts is committed to music education

Due to space limitations, Waterford does not offer lessons. Please check our locations directory for another store near you which may offer lessons.

Meet The Experts

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Retail Manager - N
Expertise: Brass, Brass Accessories, Marching Band Brass, French Horns, Trumpets, Trombones, Books, Sheet Music & Media, Keyboards

Hi! My name is Elaine and I joined the Music & Arts team in March of 2014. I have been playing music as long as I can remember,...
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Senior Sales Associate

Cleora has been playing the violin for many years now. She graduated from Salve Regina with a major in global studies and a minor...
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Senior Sales Associate

Hi, My name is Marissa. I joined the Music and Arts team in November 2016. I played flute from 4th grade until my senior...
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Senior Sales Associate

My name is Margo and I’ve been with Music and Arts since January 2017. I was exposed to music at a very young age and enjoy...

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Get to Know Music & Arts, Waterford
We proudly service the following local schools:

Brooklyn Middle School, Brooklyn

Carl C Cutler Middle School, Mystic

Charles Barnum Elementary School, Groton

Clark Lane Middle School, Waterford

The Country School, Madison

Dr. Charles Murphy School, Oakdale

East Lyme Middle School, East Lyme

Fields Memorial Elementary School, Bozrah

Franklin Elementary School, Franklin

Great Neck Elementary School, Waterford

Griswold Middle School, Griswold

Integrated Day Charter School, Norwich

Jack Jackter Intermediate School, Colchester

Lisbon Central School, Lisbon

Mohegan Elementary School, Uncasville

Mystic Middle School, Mystic

Northeast Academy, Groton

Oakdale Elementary School, Montville

Oswegatchie Elementary School, Waterford

Preston Veterans Memorial School, Preston

Quaker Hill Elementary School, Quaker Hill

Sacred Heart, Baltic

Sacred Heart, Taftville

Salem Elementary School, Salem

S B Butler Elementary School, Mystic

Voluntown Elementary School, Voluntown





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