Vance Music staff is comprised of talented musicians with over 100 years of accumulated teaching experience. We continue to improve our skills through college courses, workshops and performances. Members of our staff have served as clinicians and artistic advisors for colleges, public school and church music programs, and continue to mentor other instructors. We work hard to devote quality personal attention to every individual student. We also try to provide our students with opportunities to help them become better musicians. These opportunities include regular monthly recitals and special occasions such as the Christian Howes workshop we sponsored for our students this year.

REX S. VANCE
VANCE MUSIC PRESIDENT & INSTRUCTOR
Violin ~ Viola ~ Cello ~ Piano ~ Organ ~ Theory ~ Electric Violin
* Violin student of Dr. James Caesar, Beatrice Pease, and Leopold Shopmaker (student of Leopold Auer and Willy Hess, and for whom the Leopold Shopmaker Violin Competition is named)
* Currently performs in the Vance Music Band and the Vance Music String Quartet
* Performed in violin master classes for world-renowned artists Samuel Applebaum and Christian Howes
* Performed in the Hutchinson Symphony, Fort Hays Symphony, Wichita State University (WSU) Symphony, Friend's Community Orchestra, K.U. Medical Arts Symphony, KS City KS Symphony, First Baptist Church (FBC) Orchestra and FBC Praise Band
* Performed in the Hutchinson Symphony with Art Garfunkel
* String Clinician for Classical, Jazz, Rock, Bluegrass, Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Old-Time Fiddle, Cajun and Gospel music
* Clinician for Friends University, WSU, and the KS American String Teacher Association (KASTA)
* Played backup for Andy May, Alvis Barnett, The Terry's, Parton's, Stutes Family, Pee Wee Reese, Craig Curry and Ernest Alexander
* Former Board member of KASTA
* Member of the American String Teacher Association (ASTA), KASTA, National Association for Music Education (NAFME), KS Acoustic Arts Association and KS Bluegrass Association

MARISSA J. VANCE
VANCE MUSIC VICE PRESIDENT & INSTRUCTOR
Violin ~ Piano ~ Electric Violin ~ Mandolin ~ Voice ~ Theory
* Violin student of Dr. Alla Aranovskaya of the St. Petersburg Quartet, Rex Vance and Nancy Luttrell
* Jazz violin student of Dr. Robert Young, Dr. Mark Foley, Tom Fowler and Rex Vance
* Piano student of Chet Vance, Judith Fear, Meghan Vance, Wynona Vance and John Goering
* Vocal student of Janet Vance, Xavier Moore and Chet Vance
* Bachelor of Violin Performance Degree from WSU
* Currently pursuing a Master's Certificate in Music Business from Berklee School of Music Online
* Currently performs in the Vance Music Band & Vance Music String Quartet
* Performed in a violin master class for Nashville artist Billy Contreras
* Performed in the Hutchinson Symphony, WSU Symphony, WSU Jazz Combos, FBC String Orch., FBC Praise Band, FBC Sanctuary Choir, Wichita North High School Madrigal Singers, Wichita North High Jazz Band and as Concertmistress of the Wichita North High School Orchestra
* Played backup for Ernest Alexander and Craig Curry
* Performed as a violinist in the WSU Symphony with the St. Petersburg Quartet at Carnegie Hall
* Performed in the WSU Symphony with the rock band KANSAS
* Performed as a solo violinist with the WSU A Cappella Choir at the Kansas Music Educators Association Convention (2010)
* Pit orchestra member for productions including: A Man Of No Importance (Regional Premier), Once Upon A Mattress, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik & 1776
* Received several 1 ratings at Music Festivals
* Member of ASTA, KASTA and NAFME

MEGHAN L. VANCE
VANCE MUSIC INSTRUCTOR
Piano ~ Guitar ~ Theory
* Piano student of Paul Reed, John Goering, Chet Vance and Wynona Vance
* Violin student of Rex Vance
* Guitar student of Sterling Gray
* Currently performs with the Vance Music String Quartet
* Pianist for weddings, funerals, and other functions
* Piano accompanist for solos, ensembles and contests
* Former accompanist for the FBC Sanctuary Choir
* Former Concertmistress of the Wichita North High School Orchestra
* Performed in the WSU Symphony Orchestra, WSU Summer Orchestra, Wichita Youth Symphony Orchestras and FBC String Orchestra
* Pit orchestra member for various musicals
* Has received several 1 ratings at Music Festivals

JANET E. VANCE
VANCE MUSIC INSTRUCTOR
Voice ~ Vocal Coaching ~ Piano
* Master of Music Education from WSU
* Kodály Level III Certificate from WSU
* State of Kansas licensed K-12 music teacher
* Former elementary vocal music teacher for USD 259
* Vocal student of Dr. George Gibson, Dr. David Weber, Dr. Vernon Yenne and Janice Jaworsky
* Current pianist for Faith Renewal Church
* Currently performs in the Vance Music Band
* Church and civic performing groups choir director
* Pianist for weddings, funerals, and other functions
* Piano accompanist for solos, ensembles and contests
* Toured the United States and Europe with the Continental Singers
* Performed in Master's Project (vocal jazz ensemble), WSU Singers, WSU Opera Theatre, WSU Madrigal Singers, FBC Sanctuary Choir and FBC Bell Choir
* Member of Music Educators Natl. Conf. (MENC), KS Music Educators Assoc. (KMEA) and Kodály Music Educators of KS (KMEK)

OUR INSTRUCTORS ARE:
* Innovative
* Always learning
* Working together to best support students
* Still active in the music field
* Experienced with special needs students
* Teach all ages
* Teach all styles
* Integrate music history
* Integrate music theory
* Utilize technology

YOUR OPPORTUNITIES:
* One-on-one Teacher to Student Attention
* Monthly Practice Recitals
* Participate in Music Contests
* Monthly Awards
* Annual Awards

Serviced Areas

  • South Central Kansas & Online Lessons

Payment Options

  • Cash Only, Discover, MasterCard, Personal Checks, VISA

Contact Details

  Website
  Person Marissa J. Vance
  City Wichita , KS
  Zip Code 67203
  Address 1508 W. 19th St. N.
  Phone Number (316) 264-1567

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Marissa J. Vance

Vice President & Instructor

MARISSA J. VANCE
VANCE MUSIC VICE PRESIDENT & INSTRUCTOR
Violin ~ Piano ~ Electric Violin ~ Mandolin ~ Voice ~ Theory
* Violin student of Dr. Alla Aranovskaya of the St. Petersburg Quartet, Rex Vance and Nancy Luttrell
* Jazz violin student of Dr. Robert Young, Dr. Mark Foley, Tom Fowler and Rex Vance
* Piano student of Chet Vance, Judith Fear, Meghan Vance, Wynona Vance and John Goering
* Vocal student of Janet Vance, Xavier Moore and Chet Vance
* Bachelor of Violin Performance Degree from WSU
* Currently pursuing a Master's Certificate in Music Business from Berklee School of Music Online
* Currently performs in the Vance Music Band & Vance Music String Quartet
* Performed in a violin master class for Nashville artist Billy Contreras
* Performed in the Hutchinson Symphony, WSU Symphony, WSU Jazz Combos, FBC String Orch., FBC Praise Band, FBC Sanctuary Choir, Wichita North High School Madrigal Singers, Wichita North High Jazz Band and as Concertmistress of the Wichita North High School Orchestra
* Played backup for Ernest Alexander and Craig Curry
* Performed as a violinist in the WSU Symphony with the St. Petersburg Quartet at Carnegie Hall
* Performed in the WSU Symphony with the rock band KANSAS
* Performed as a solo violinist with the WSU A Cappella Choir at the Kansas Music Educators Association Convention (2010)
* Pit orchestra member for productions including: A Man Of No Importance (Regional Premier), Once Upon A Mattress, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik & 1776
* Received several 1 ratings at Music Festivals
* Member of ASTA, KASTA and NAFME

Customer Testimonials

My six year old is so excited to learn to play music - great instructors highly recommend


I would highly recommend the Vance Music Studio for music lessons! My son and I have been taking lessons for almost two years now, and we are both very pleased. The instructors are easy to work with and very professional. I love that their business is family-based; you can tell that the Vance's eat, sleep, breathe, and live MUSIC! The Vance's have a great teaching plan that gives each student a firm foundation in knowledge about their instrument, how to read music, music theory, proper technique, real world application with recitals, and other awesome opportunities to take workshops with some amazing talent like Mark Sganga or Joe Deninzon, and even opportunities to play in the community (for instance when Vance students performed at the Wichita Botanica Gardens).

My son studies piano with Meghan while I study cello with Rex. Both teachers are extremely patient and have a calming presence in the classroom, which makes lessons feel comfortable and relaxed. The Vance Family, as a whole, is just very professional and helpful when it comes to their students; they will not hesitate to answer questions, tune instruments, help with special projects, etc. I had been taking lessons for almost 3 months when Rex agreed to help me prepare to play a musical piece on my cello as a surprise for my husband at our vow renewal ceremony! Both my son and I have gotten so much more than we bargained for from our music lessons with Vance Music Studio, and that continues to be the case! We wouldn't go anywhere else!


This music studio is amazing. I took voice lessons here for 3 years and viola for 2. They prepared me well for other music events around Wichita, including the Wichita Community Children's Choir, worship teams at my church, State Choir, first chair viola at my high school, and much more. The monthly recitals helped me get over stage fright and the teachers are all very friendly and helpful. Totally worth it. :)


Vance Music has been an excellent opportunity for my daughter to take violin lessons. Rex Vance has worked with her each year to establish short-term & long-term goals for her music. The monthly recitals offer an opportunity to improve performance skills, & prepare for music contests/festivals. In hindsight, we would definitely have our daughter take from Vance Music to begin her violin music career....wonderful experience from generous, & caring family.


I took piano lessons at Vance Music Studios for about four years. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to further their musical skill, whether a complete beginner or a someone who has been playing for some time. I, personally, had been playing piano for about three years prior to starting lessons with Vance Music. I think I learned more in the first year with them than I did the previous three years of playing! They are very friendly, professional, easy to work with, and ready to answer all your musical questions!
One thing that I really liked about them is that they teach a lot of music theory and even history. This makes music very interesting and allows students to understand why certain music sounds the way that it does or why it is played the way that it is. This is a great thing because when you understand what you are playing you are more prone to play it well. It's also something that I have not seen a lot of with other teachers. Among other things it's just one example of how you get "the whole package" with Vance Music Studios.
So, no matter what your instrument of choice may be, give Vance Music Studios a try. I am confident that they will set you on a path to success. And, hey! The first lesson is free!


Definitely worth the drive from Haysville for us. Rex is so patient with our 8 year old with Aspergers, and she has learned so much! She loves playing her violin!

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