Welcome to Vance Music Studios
When looking for private musical instruction, you should ask yourself:
- Am I going to get the highest quality instruction possible?
- Am I going to learn music and HAVE FUN doing it?
- What are the instructors' qualifications?
- How much teaching experience does the instructor have?
- Is the instructor a great player?
- What is the main focus of the instructor?
- What about the book keeping and scheduling of my lesson?
- Are the facilities conducive to learning without distraction or interference?
- Are the facilities comfortable?
- Are the bureaucratic facets of the studio organized and efficient?
Founded in January of 2006, the studio director Christopher E. Vance felt the need to create an environment where the student as an individual could flourish musically. After 14 years of teaching in "lesson factory" environments, the urge to open a studio that is organized, personable, high-caliber, and most of all FUN became a reality.
Our instructors all hold degrees in music (some at the graduate level), have a minimum of 10 years of teaching experience (with positive results), and are extremely active as performers at a professional level (locally as well as nationally). All lessons and programs at Vance Music Studios focus on technical skills, general musical knowledge/theory, programmatic and historical elements, performance, repertoire - and of course HAVING FUN WITH MUSIC! We offer lessons to anyone 5 years old and up, developing personalized lesson plans for each student as an individual. Young student lessons may include different games, puzzles, and other activities that while remaining fun and keeping the students interest, impart the musical skills needed to enjoy music throughout their lifetime. Beginners are more than welcome, as are advanced players who need to brush up on a few things. We also offer student rock bands, jazz bands, blues bands, and chamber music sessions led by seasoned coaches - providing an outlet to execute and further develop newly-acquired skills. Regular concerts and recitals are offered throughout the year at various venues, and we supply live music for all occasions with both student and instructor groups.
Our convenient Lakewood location (minutes from I-90) is easily accessible by students from anywhere in the greater Cleveland area. We have students who come to Lakewood from all over the greater Cleveland/Akron region: Hudson, Twinsburg, Kent, Macedonia, Beachwood, Cleveland Heights, Brunswick, Brecksville, Eastlake, Westlake, Rocky River, Parma, Bay Village, Avon, Fairview, Green, just to name a few. We have even had a student make the weekly drive from Detroit!
Our lesson studios are comfortable, spacious, soundproof, and are stocked with high quality and well-maintained equipment (pianos, drum sets, amplifiers, etc). Our retail sales are limited to the books and accessories needed for the lessons. Not only does offering these items make it convenient for our students, but limiting our retail operation eliminates the noisy and congested "music store" atmosphere associated with many music lessons. We also buy and sell used instruments on a small scale, and have top-notch on premises guitar repair as an added convenience.
Vance Music Studios offers:
- Private Instrumental Music Lessons:
- Electric/Acoustic Guitar
- Electric/Double Bass
- Drums/Percussion (including Hand Drums)
- Woodwinds (Saxophone/Flute/Clarinet)
- Brass (Trumpet/Trombone/Tuba)
- Strings (Violin/Viola/Cello/Bass)
- Private Non-Instrumental Lessons:
- Recording Technology
- Music Theory
- Ear Training
- Young Student Lessons:
- The Rock Shop
- Jazz Jam
- Blues Jam
- Chamber Music
- Student Concerts & Recitals
- Master Classes
- Summer Camps
- Guitar Repair
- Books & Accessories
- Buy & Sell Used Instruments
- Live Music For All Occasions
Research advances in recent years are showing that music has a tremendous impact on how we learn and think in all areas of our lives. Students who have musical experience taking their SATs score an average of 52 points higher on the verbal portion and 37 points higher in math (89 points total) than those without musical instruction. Furthermore, The American Music Conference of 2001 stated, "studies have linked active music making with better language and math ability, improved school grades, better-adjusted social behavior, and improvements in spatial-temporal reasoning". Those of us who have learned to unleash our imaginations and creativity through music will always be able to tackle different life situations as healthy challenges rather than obstacles. Because music is a basic expression of human culture, we should all have access to a musical outlet.
Vance Music Studios caters to all levels, all ages, and all styles of music and has the tools, training, and experience to have the maximum impact. So when looking for the highest quality musical instruction, Vance Music Studios is the clear choice.