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.
Damm Music Center's staff of professional melody masters fosters a friendly, positive atmosphere that invites students to ponder music's possibilities while they reach for their fullest harmonic harmony. The half-hour lessons are personalized to each student's prowess and are well-rounded, covering technical basics such as scales as well as more-advanced info on music theory, harmony, ear training, improvisation, and poseur defense. Powerful amps and a wealth of tom-toms and snares festoon the soundproof studio, allowing students to express inner anguish without over-shredding personal equipment or banging on a cousin’s percussive belly.
With more than one million book titles to choose from, Barnes & Noble stocks one of the retail world's largest selections of bound pages, along with a huge assortment of educational toys and games. Keep sprightly scribes from using walls, furniture, and siblings as writing surfaces with the help of LeapFrog’s Scribble & Write ($24.95 online), or indulge kids’ natural passions for outer space and solid detective work with a LEGO Space Police Smash ’n’ Grab set ($19.95 online).
Beadazzled is an art-glass studio and custom-jewelry shop that specializes in creating jewelry out of glass beads and natural stones. In addition to fully formed necklaces ($50+), bracelets ($48), and earrings ($20), Beadazzled supplies the experienced or novice jewelry-maker with everything needed to realize his or her own jewelry visions of stringing sugar-plum focal beads or sewing beads into knuckles and punching slabs of beef. Most beads are sold per piece; prices per bead range from five cents to $20.
Lucinda's offers a fashion fortress stocked with jewelry, clothing, and gifts for the in-vogue Wichita woman. Set a sophisticated ambience with aptly anointed WoodWick candles ($3.99–$24.99) as you saunter around your home in a pair of refined kicks from such brands as Poetic Licence, Naughty Monkey, and Seychelles ($12–$100). Induce bling envy with a Firefly cross necklace ($42) and pair it with a Melie Bianco purse ($52) to further inspire aspiring imitators of your high-fashion appeal. Lucinda offers clothing from a bevy of top brands, including Free People, Tulle, Effie's Heart, and Nataya ($20–$150).
With an eclectic hodgepodge of instruments ranging from piccolos to French horns to violas, Wichita Band Instrument Co.'s rental service allows budding Beethovens the chance to strum, tap, or blow air into new and used music-making machines on a month-to-month basis.