Middle C Music offers lessons, instrument rentals, and retail for the Washington, D.C. community.

Personalized & Engaging Music Lessons for All Skill Levels

Music School & Music Store in Washington, D.C.


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.

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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.

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.



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 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.



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



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.



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



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.

Music 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.

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“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

“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.”

— Thanks Middle C!

“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

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.

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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+ with our excellent music faculty. Music lessons offered at Middle C Music are piano lessons, guitar lessons, voice lessons, drum lessons, and more.

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