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. 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 work with local instrument repair technicians to facilitate speedy and accurate repairs, if the need should arise.