“Rusty” Matthew Higgs

Store manager “Rusty” Matthew Higgs showcases a Bach Stradivarius trumpet, one of many instruments carried at the new Music & Arts location in Goodyear.

Music students returning to school had a little bit of help when Music & Arts opened in August at 2025 N. Pebble Creek Parkway in Goodyear.

Music & Arts is a national chain that sells band and orchestra instruments and instrument supplies, and offers instrument repair. The store has seven lesson studios for one-on-one music lessons by local music teachers.

Store manager “Rusty” Matthew Higgs said the Goodyear location was much anticipated, as there isn’t anything else like it in the area.

“The response has been super positive,” Higgs said. “It’s been a huge success. The sense I have gotten from people is that this was long overdue.” He added that the band programs are well developed in west side schools.

Higgs, who originally worked at the Mesa location of Music & Arts, was also part of the recent opening of the Scottsdale and Chandler locations. There are seven Music & Arts locations in Arizona, six of them in the Valley. Music & Arts is also affiliated with Guitar Center.

Music & Arts carries a variety of band instruments, from trumpets to flutes to trombones, as well as string instruments like violins and cellos. They also carry acoustic and electric guitars, as well as sound equipment. In addition, they have a selection of keyboards.

Higgs said Music & Arts strives to make people comfortable in its stores.

“Playing a new instrument can be scary,” he said. “Many kids are nervous to be in band. They think other students will be better than them, and that they will not play well.

“Here we have a small staff, and we strive to know our customers by name. Connecting with people is my favorite part of the job.”

Higgs, who plays several instruments including guitar, drums and violin, said he likes to practice playing Disney songs, as many of the younger crowd coming into the store gravitate toward that music.

As far as lessons go, the store works with local musicians who set their own rates and schedules.

Higgs encourages musical parents and students to come to the store with any questions. Being part of a chain, Music & Arts has plenty of resources to answer questions.

Music & Arts

2025 N. Pebble Creek Parkway Goodyear

623-547-2507, musicarts.com