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Welcome String Educators

At the core of Music & Arts, you’ll find a community of musicians who are enthused about getting you the tools you need in order to teach, to inspire, and to create music with your students and ensembles. Music & Arts, the largest wind instrument retailer in the United States and was founded in a Bethesda, Maryland home in 1952 by an entrepreneurial music teacher named Benjamin O’Brien. His goal was to provide a proper musical training for local neighborhood kids, offering music lessons and selling much-sought-after printed musical scores. Since 1952 Music & Arts has been dedicated to servicing school music programs. Our commitment to providing quality instruments and services like affordable instrument rentals and national repair shops have made us an industry leader and the go-to source for string educators across the country.



The Music & Arts Educational Program makes it easier for music teachers to teach. Our Educational Representatives work closely with you to handle instrument rentals but they also do so much more. Whether it’s with recruitment or classroom repairs, rosin or a double bass outfit, we’re with you every step of the way. Many of our representatives are musicians themselves. Some are educators. They perform in bands, quartets, orchestras and ensembles. They teach. They understand instruments and music education. They support you. To learn more about our offerings, select a category below.

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Teaching Music is part right brain, part left brain and all heart

Making music is a magical experience. That’s why we’re all here, you and us – to share the magic that we’ve experienced in our lives through music. We all believe that learning music, especially at a young age, greatly improves the development of reading, math and language skills, social skills, self-discipline, perseverance, time management and responsibility. Even the SAT scores of young musicians are higher on average. Music is a catalyst to so many aspects of development and education. That’s why String Educators are so critical and why your time is so valuable in the words of our CEO, Ken O’Brien, "Our goal is to leave teachers more time to teach."



"I've been more than pleased with both the quality of rental instruments from Music and Arts and the service they provide. As a public school string music teacher servicing hundreds of music students, what I value most is consistency in instrument quality and service, and Music and Arts outperforms in both categories" - Daniel Martinho, Orchestra Director
Indian Fields Elementary School, South Brunswick

"I would highly recommend using this company because of the number of services they provide. We have had more students signing up the past several years because of the on-line ordering option. When I need a repair I get a loaner and the process to size up a student is effortless. My representative from Music and Arts is very professional and gives my program special attention by making multiple stops most weeks. It is important to have a music vendor that is consistent in its service and quality. Music and Arts meets that standard."
- Paula Eichmann, Orchestra Instructor
Unionville-Chadds Ford District Elementary Schools

"Music & Arts allows the instrumental music teacher to select preferential instrument brands appropriate for our community. They provide good-quality instruments, and we know what we are getting. Rentals arrive at our school prior to the start of instrumental classes, and everything is computerized, so if we have any questions or concerns, our representative can look it up on the computer (often via his phone), and see what’s going on. "
- Gwendolyn McCreary,
Music Specialist and Instrumental Music Director
Chesterfield Township Elementary School

"The service he has supplied has included weekly visits to all of the Haverford Schools and assistance with instruments including on-site repairs that have saved the District and Parents a significant amount of money. When I need advice about an instrument purchase, a repair or any matter, I contact Music & Arts via email and I receive a reply almost immediately. I give Music & Arts my highest, unconditional recommendation."
- Thomas E. Rudolph, Ed. D., Director of Music School District Of Haverford Township


A unique commitment to supporting String Educators

You’ll appreciate the support you get form your Music & Arts Educational Representative. Working together in a collaborative effort to make your job easier, you’ll be better equipped to keep the music program focused on student achievement.

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When you partner with Music & Arts, we assist with virtually every aspect of managing a well-run music program. Teacher-representative relationships often become a powerful source of continuous program improvement and individual achievement, instilling in your students a lifelong passion for music. We can't wait to hear from you. For bid questions or inquiries, you can reach us at

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