Wichita Band Instrument Co., in the music-supply business since 1953, stocks its shelves with rental instruments as well as new and used winds, strings, and brass for purchase. Month-to-month rental plans allow musicians to play a different instrument every 30–31 days, with clarinets, flutes, and violins starting at $19.95 a month, and allow aspiring Charlie Parkers to try the alto sax ($29.95/month) before signing up for open-mic nights. A vintage C.G. Conn B-flat trumpet ($295) plays a merry reveille, and a maple Moeck soprano recorder ($144) doubles as a baroque tee-ball bat. Nine blue-smocked repair specialists fix and exorcise Wichita Band Instrument Co. instruments for up to two years free of charge.
Since 1984, Senseney Music has supplied the tools and knowledge for beginning, intermediate, and advanced musicians to ignite their musical passion. President Lori Supinie leads a team of music teachers—boasting more than 200 years’ combined experience—who instruct students in vocal technique or in instruments such as flute, oboe, violin, and electric guitar. She also offers instruments for rental and purchase, including orchestral instruments, guitars, amplifiers, and pianos, as well as printed music—the ancient enemy of jazz. Technicians in her service department repair flagging instruments and maintain rental instruments at no charge.
Instructors at Vance Music, including many members of the Vance family, draw on more than a century's worth of collective teaching experience to introduce children and adults to singing or musical expression. The school, which originally opened 60 years ago in Kansas City, teaches all styles while carrying on the tradition of classical music practiced by the Vance family's patriarch, Chester S. Vance, an accomplished pianist who toured with USO shows as a World War II veteran. Now, students at Vance can study 28 concentrations, including theory, composition, and performance with instrument or voice and experiment with varying styles of music without bringing an electric guitar into the shower.
Fender Stratocasters, Telecasters, and other instruments line the studio walls at Pauly's Productions. Behind the scenes, Paul is glued to the mixing boards, engineering the sound for musical groups that range from hip-hop artists to arena rock bands. A MediaTech Institute graduate, Paul outfitted his studio with high-end gear, such as Cubase recording software, Shure and AKG mics, and other instruments from such brands as Takamine, Schecter, and Marshall. In addition to being an audio engineer, Paul is a musician and teacher.
Next to playing piano and bass, I love teaching lessons on my instruments to others, and have been doing so since I was 19 yrs old. I draw on 36 years of playing experience and 24 years of teaching experience as I offer lessons in my studio.
Students ensconced in Damm Music’s soundproof studios absorb the fundamentals of their chosen noisemaker in 30-minute one-on-one sessions with an experienced instructor. While aspiring Hendrixes can plug taciturn electric guitars into provided amplifiers to help them shred more eloquently, drum disciples can duet with their instructors on double drum kits in every studio, peppering tom-toms with tandem Wipeout solos. Lessons take place Monday–Thursday, running as late as 9 p.m. some nights.