Personalized & Engaging Music Lessons for All Skill Levels!

Music School in Washington, D.C.

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Music Lessons

Middle C Music provides music lessons to children and adults of all ages. Private and group instruction is available. We create memorable opportunities for students of all skill levels to explore their interest in music through a rewarding progression of discovery.

Music Lessons

Retail Store

Our store, located at 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20016, offers competitive prices on high quality guitars, violins, folk instruments, amps, accessories, and sheet music for kids and adults. You can also find gifts for the musicians in your life.

Music Store

Instrument Rental

Middle C Music rents top quality instruments built on a Rent-to-Own system; after renting an instrument for a certain amount of time, you will own it! You may also apply any built up equity towards a step-up or pro level instrument.

Instrument Rentals

Lessons We Offer

Quality music lessons for people of all ages

  • Guitar & Ukulele

    Guitar & Ukulele

    One of the foundational instruments of contemporary music, our guitar instructors teach across genres and will equip you to play for yourself or as part of a group.

  • Piano


    The piano is both approachable for young beginners and richly complex for advanced players, and is perfect for learning to read music and building a strong musical foundation.

  • Voice


    The vocal instrument is a complex living system and healthy technique is the key to lifelong enjoyment. Let our instructors guide you on your journey of expression and discovery.

  • Violin & Viola

    Violin & Viola

    From classic to contemporary pieces, our instructors will help you master the bowing and finger technique needed to excel at playing the violin.

  • Cello


    Cello lessons will help you to develop strong fundamentals and play without tension to create a clear and beautiful sound on this soulful instrument.

  • Drums & Percussion

    Drums & Percussion

    Learn to play the drum kit and other percussion instruments. Create fun and complex beats while developing healthy technique.

  • Woodwinds


    Develop a beautiful sound on the saxophone, clarinet, oboe or flute. Study the musical style of your choosing with our highly qualified woodwind instructors.

  • Brass


    Learn how to play the trumpet, cornet, tuba, trombone and more. Private brass lessons are a great supplement to school music programs. Study your favorite genre with your teacher.

  • Bass Lessons

    Bass Lessons

    The low pitch of the bass guitar holds down the groove in almost all styles of music. Learn to play different styles and techniques.

Music Lessons for All Ages in Washington, D.C.

Middle C Music is a community music store that serves and promotes Washington musicians of all ages and skills. We are the only full-service music store operating in the District of Columbia.

We offer weekly lessons for students ages 6 and up with our excellent music faculty.

Our music store offers retail, the highest quality music lessons and instrument rentals.

A Music Store For All Your Needs:

Middle C Music is recognized as one of the top 100 music stores!

Adult and Kids Music Lessons:

At Middle C Music, you’ll find a path for acquiring skills and confidence to play what you want. The path may lead to a position in a band, the school orchestra or a lifetime of making music you love.

Either way, the sound of something new comes from training, commitment, accomplishment and joy.

Stress-free Musical Instrument Purchase or Rental:

Our experienced staff will help you find the right instrument for your needs and budget. We also rent band and orchestra instruments.

Need a repair? The staff at Middle C Music can get your instruments working like new.

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Praise for Middle C Music

  • In addition to utterly wonderful staff, this place is indescribably beautiful and is a beyond outstanding choice for your musical needs. Go check it out!

    Chris Vuille-Kowing

  • Great music store and amazing workers! I would like to spotlight Mike for his outstanding hospitality toward me and my son. He not only helped him pick out an instrument but he got him to take lessons as well. Thank you so much and we will be sure to come back again!

    Anthony Montgomery

  • Michael, the Floor Manager is a great guy. We’ve been speaking on the phone and he’s quick to answer any and all questions. Staff is great. I always get a email reply the same day and it’d be more fun if I came in person. Thank you guys for running an amazing business! I couldn’t been more happier!!

    Oscar Rios

  • Great service. I needed to find some sheet music for a wedding. They set aside the music for me so that I could pick it up after work, and when I got there they set up headphones on a keyboard so that I could practice and make sure that I was getting exactly the right versions of each song. Excellent customer service and reasonable prices.

    Barbara Gonzalez

  • Have been shopping at this store for about 6 years and have always loved the place. The staff is extremely helpful, informed, and extremely nice. I’ve taken lessons at the store with Stephen for about 4 years now and he has helped me exponentially with my playing in multiple instruments as well as given me a lot of knowledge on recording, running and playing in my band, for which I cannot thank him or the store enough. The staff have always helped me with any gear problems I may have had. I bought my first drum set, my first guitar, my first everything from here, and they deserve a lot of the credit for the start of my love for music.

    Thanks Middle C!

    Ian Traphagen

  • Outstanding service, friendly staff; made us feel like FAMILIA!!! It just happened to be my son’s sweet 16th and THEIR Sweet 16th Anniversary and THEY GAVE HIM A CALENDAR and some Mozart socks!!! It was amazing and made my boy’s day! I hope we can have an Open Mic Nite there in May!!!

    Luis J. Martinez

  • Had a wonderful experience today! Bought my daughter her first ukulele today and we were serenaded out by the staff! Love the mom&pop shop feel.

    Tamia Barnes Tomasek

  • Great local place with in-house expertise. Friendly and fun folks to help you with all your musical needs. Good prices too!

    Sharon Jaffess-Brown

  • Wow! This place is awesome. Great variety of instruments, a bit of gear and lots of sheet music. Staff was super helpful and the rest of the staff was nice and interactive. You can tell these folks really take pride in what they do!

    Sebastian Rodriguez

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