A customer admires the Louisville, Kentucky, shop's guitar wall.

Music & Arts Opens 4 Stores

Music & Arts has expanded, opening stores in West Virginia, Kentucky and Nevada.

The chain announced its entry into West Virginia with the acquisition of both the Charleston and Huntington locations of Kerr's Music World. The stores offer rentals, repairs and sales of a wide assortment of band and orchestral instruments plus piano, guitar, drums and more. The Charleston location also features both a private and group lesson program. Customers will recognize the familiar faces of several Kerr's Music World team members at both stores.

"We are thrilled to bring our top-notch music services to West Virginia and continue to serve the families and customers in the Huntington and Charleston communities with the level of customer service they expect," said Chris Stone, Music & Arts vice president of sales.

"We are proud to welcome these fine stores into the Music & Arts family and bring our long history of high quality music education and customer service to new communities so that we may help their music students develop skills that will benefit them in all areas of life," added Jeff Gottlieb, president of Music & Arts.

The chain also opened its third Kentucky location by acquiring Louisville-area music shop Miles Ahead Music. Store manager Carrie Ravencraft Stem and previous owner Miles Davis will remain with Music & Arts.

Finally, Music & Arts has further expanded its services to the greater Las Vegas community with the opening of a location in Spring Valley, Nevada. In addition to retail, an on-site lesson studio enables aspiring musicians of all ages to develop their musical skills under the guidance of university-trained instructors. The store also provides support to local school music programs and offers expert advice to parents.

"A strong music education during childhood provides a great foundation for academic learning, and with our expansion, we're proud to bring the benefits high-quality music education to many more families, along with our welcoming environment," Stone said.