Welcome to Herter Music Center


Serving the Great Lakes Bay Region since 1903.

Artist of the Week

James Horner (Aug 14, 1953-June 22, 2015)

James Horner was an America composer and conductor who was best known for his work in scoring films. James began playing the piano at the age of 5. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London. James then returned to America and earned his Bachelor’s degree. As is common in our current musical era; Horner went on to earn a Master’s Degree and pursued a Doctorate at UCLA. Once he was done at UCLA, Horner turned his attention to Film scores.

Even with his list of credentials, Horner began his film scoring career working on B films. Proof that hard work does not go unnoticed; James soon gained opportunities to work on larger scale films for higher profile directors. A turning point in his career came when he scored the music for the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn. From that point on James Horner became one of the most active and sought after composers in the movie making industry. His list of movies that he has scored is too numerous to list in their entirety, but some of the most notable are: Titanic, The Mask of Zoro, Braveheart, Legends of the Fall, Troy, Field of Dreams, and Avatar.

Horner’s compositions are especially known for their developing motivic ideas, (no doubt owing to his years spent studying music in school). He is also known for working Celtic ideas and motifs into his scores and well as electronic and choral sounds.

In addition to music, Horner was an avid pilot. Although he was well seasoned at flying, his plane crashed outside Ventucopa, California and he was tragically killed in June of this summer. In his lifetime Horner won 12 Grammy Awards for his compositions. In addition to the numerous awards he was nominated for, he won 2 Academy Awards and 2 Golden Globes.

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Herter Music Center makes it easy for you to rent an instrument for your son or daughter. We offer new and return rental instruments on a 36 month Rent-to-Own contract . All rentals include repair, maintenance and replacement protection. There is no interest or finance charge on our Rent-To-Own contracts. Unlike some other contracts, you always know the total cost of the instrument you are renting. We make the payments easy for you by using an auto-payment banking system. Our School Service Representatives stop once a week at your child’s school. For addition information we invite you to come in a speak with a member of our sales staff or contact  us at  

(989) 893-4545

*Percussion Kits are on a 24-month Rent-to-Own Contracts.

Labor Day
We will be closed Monday, September 7th in observation of Labor Day. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Jazz Deck

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Decode chord changes & learn how to play jazz IMMEDIATELY. JazzDeck is perfect for all students, music educators and musicians. Amazing jazz theory book in a box demystifies jazz improvisation. JazzDeck transposes for all instruments. Ability to read music not required!

Store Hours


Monday: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Tuesday: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Wednesday: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Thursday: 9:30am – 8:00pm

Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday:  Closed