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Making More Music Makers

Ted Brown Music is the Pacific Northwest’s preferred destination for all things music. We have a wide selection of instruments, accessories, and gear; anything you might need for your next project. This is what we do every day, but it’s not who we are. At our heart, Ted Brown Music exists to make more music makers.

Ted Brown opened the doors to the first store in downtown Tacoma Washington in 1931. He was passionate about helping people make music. You can imagine between the Great Depression and World War II, their world was in constant turmoil much like ours is today. For more than 90 years Ted Brown Music has helped bring the joy, camaraderie, and relaxation of making music to countless people, while still being family owned.

Whether you dream of becoming the next guitar hero, playing violin with the New York Philharmonic, singing to stadiums full of people, or working in a studio in LA, we have the tools and the know-how to get you on the right path. Your goals aren’t quite so grandiose? That’s okay too! From one to ninety-nine and beyond, music is for everyone.

So if you haven’t touched your flute or trumpet since 8th grade, or you always wanted to try playing drums, come on down and talk to us. Each of our six locations has an expert just waiting to show you how easy it is to get started, because at the end of the day, your music is our passion!

Service is Key

In addition to our large selection of products and expert sales staff, Ted Brown Music offers a wide verity of private lessons and instrument repairs. Our teachers all have years of experience performing and teaching and love passing on what they’ve learned to the next generation of music makers. Our repair technicians are some of the best in the industry. We have a specialist for nearly every instrument so you can rest assured yours is in good hands. Our shops can even perform custom hand engravings to make your instrument uniquely yours.

Ted Brown Music has a team of Educational Service Representatives throughout the state who provide classroom music teachers with the supplies and support they need to grow their programs. These reps specialize in band and orchestra instruments and help ensure the continuing success of our school instrument rental program.

We strongly believe music is for everyone, and money should not keep kids from participating. That’s why in 2007 we founded the Ted Brown Music Outreach program. Since then we’ve given away more than 1,600 instruments to students who’s families would otherwise not be able to afford them.

Each of these services is essential to our goal of bringing music to everyone. They all focus on a different, yet equally important piece of the musical pie, and if your preferred slice is more in architectural or large-scale installation, Ted Brown Music AVL has you covered. Our Audio Video Lighting team specializes in retro-fitting or new construction installations of state-of-the-art sound systems, lighting rigs, and media solutions for schools, government buildings, houses of worship or any other industrial level job.

Your music is our passion isn’t just something we say, we try and show it every day. Each of these services aim at helping you make music the best you can. No matter where you are in your musical journey, we want to help you get where you’re going any way we can.

Music Inc.’s Retailer of the Year

Ted Brown Music is proud to have been named Music Inc.’s Retailer of the Year!

Music inc. magazine cover - Ted Brown Music retailer of the year.

Music inc. magazine is a trade publication read by both retailers and manufactures of musical products all over the world. They are dedicated to real-world reporting on trends and business guides and are considered the best source in the industry.

This annual award is voted on by hundreds of retailers and suppliers, and we are honored to be named this year's winner. If you are interesting in reading it, here is the entire article: Perfecting the Art of Music Retail.