Music & Arts, a Guitar Center company, is the largest retail chain of band and orchestral instruments in the US with 200+ stores in 31 states and 300+ affiliate locations. It also offers the country’s largest private music lesson program. Their mission is to be the leader in serving musicians during every stage of their journey. To meet this mission, they needed a modern, optimized site to host their various digital retail businesses including sales, rentals, repairs, and lessons.
Together, we created a new, responsive digital experience that makes it easier to:
Aside from musicians, educators are Music & Arts’ other major customers. To support their efforts to bring music education to life, we designed and built a new educator portal to help them manage their fleet of instruments, build quotes and purchase orders, take advantage of special discounts, track repairs and rentals, and access an unprecedented number of music education programs and guides.
As Music & Arts continues to grow through new builds and acquisitions, our flexible design makes it easy to add new stores and services.
Not all products are equal: Some are quick buys like saxophone reeds or violin resin, while others, like a new instrument, require a little more exploration and contemplation. To cater to a wide range of products, we created flexible product detail pages that expand to showcase in-depth videos, detailed technical specifications, and customer reviews.
Music & Arts’ customers are all different. Among them, budding musicians looking for essential tools, seasoned players ready to invest in buying a new instrument, and educators trying to get their students what they need. By building a site that recognizes browsing and shopping behaviors, Music & Arts can show beginners entry-level instruments, pros what’s beneath the “hood” of various products, and educators special discounts.
By designing a large number of reusable components, we reduced the build time across several digital product lines. For example, the new wishlist/shopping cart experience was also used as the price quote builder for educators. This systems thinking allows for better product development and better usability.
School instrument rental events are highly competitive, and companies are faced with hundreds of customers at once. Those who offer the simplest, fastest experience win the most customers. Knowing this, we created an elegant, streamlined mobile experience that enabled customers to skip multiple steps in a complicated, often stressful process. The app could also be customized with QR and shortcodes, making it easier for the Music & Arts team to prepare for multiple events.