Wilmington NC

2340 South 17th Street Wilmington, NC 28401-7993
Phone: 910-791-4799
Store Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sat: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sun: Closed

Store Services

Blog Archives

11/08/2016 - Holiday Recital Time
11/08/2016 - Holiday Gift Guides
03/07/2016 - Guitar Restring clinic

Meet The Experts

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Retail Manager - N

I have worked in the music industry for most of my life. I started in my home town of Washington NC, sweeping floors, tuning guitars...
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Senior Sales Associate

Inspired by music at an early age, Jeff Reid has been a professional musician for over 30 years. Although a native of Wilmington,...
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Senior Sales Associate

Andy's life has been devoted to music since his dad handed him a stack of 45's for his Fisher Price record player many years...

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Get to Know Music & Arts, Wilmington NC
Music & Arts is Wilmington's only full line musical instrument store including band and orchestra sales and repairs, church sound system consulting and a friendly knowledgeable staff. We are located in the old Modern Music/McFadyen Music building, 2 blocks south of New Hanover Regional Medical Center on 17th St.
We service all the local schools in New Hanover County, Brunswick County, and Pender County including...
Acme-Delco Middle School, Burgaw Middle School, Cape Fear Academy, Cape Fear Center for Inquiry, Cape Fear Middle School, Cedar Grove Middle School, D C Virgo Prep School, Hallsboro Middle School, Holly Shelter Middle School, Leland Middle School, Murray Middle School, Myrtle Grove Middle School, Noble Middle School, Penderlea Middle School, Roland-Grise Middle School,
Shallotte Middle School, South Brunswick Middle School, St Marks Catholic School, St Marys Catholic School,
Topsail Middle School, Trask Middle School, Waccamaw Middle School, West Pender Middle School, Williston Middle School, Wilmington Christian Academy, Hoggard High School, Ashley High School, New Hanover High School, Laney High School
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