Music & Arts opened its 200th store in Silverado Ranch, Nev., in the Las Vegas metro area. This new store offers a full complement of services including instrument sales, expert advice, and in most locations, repairs and lessons under the guidance of university-trained, background-checked instructors. Music & Arts also provides support to local school music programs.
“A strong music education during childhood provides a great foundation for learning, and we’re proud to play this role in the lives of children,” said Music & Arts president Steve Zapf. “Since the beginning, we’ve held true to our mission: to ensure access to high-quality music education in towns and school districts across the U.S. We’ve also taken care to ensure that each store offers personalized attention and a welcoming experience.”
In 1952, Music & Arts began as a single location in Maryland. Since the 1990s, Music & Arts has expanded nationwide through organic growth and a series of acquisitions and mergers with other music dealers. Today, countless students from all across the U.S. have benefited from its fun and safe learning environment, and many have gone on to further their musical studies on a higher level or pursue a music-related career. Presently, Music & Arts has more than 500 retail and affiliate locations, 140 educational representatives and teaches over 1.5 million lessons per year, making it one of the nation’s largest school music retailers and lesson providers.
Yamaha and D’Addario were among those who applauded the milestone achievement. “Yamaha congratulates Music & Arts on its recent 200th store opening. Balancing the manifold challenges of being a full-service school music retailer while scaling up business operations to support 200 storefronts is an impressive accomplishment. Yamaha is honored to be a long-term partner with Music & Arts in providing high quality band and orchestral instruments to musicians ranging from those just starting their journey to professional players,” said Garth Gilman, corporate vice president, Yamaha Corp. of America.
“On behalf of our entire team at D’Addario, I would like to congratulate Music & Arts for reaching the 200-store milestone,” said John D’Addario III, president of D’Addario & Co. “We marvel at the fortitude and professionalism of the MA leadership team and staff in overcoming some daunting operational challenges, and now thriving in an extremely competitive marketplace. We are looking forward to partnering with Music & Arts in not only growing our respective businesses but also the industry, inspiring new music makers along the way.”