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Janie Next Door® ~ Music For Kids

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Who is Janie Next Door?

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Jane Christison is children's musician, Janie Next Door®, playing fun and educational music for kids. She can be found performing at preschools, elementary school concerts, festivals, libraries, birthday parties and other special occasions using an instrument kids don’t get to see very often - an accordion! Learn more about Jane here.

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Clap, march, and sing along!

Children, students, teachers, and parents are encouraged to sing along, march, clap hands in time to the music, dance and take part in the fun of a live musical performance.

Janie’s fun shows celebrate holidays, visit other countries, play music for lots of fun themes, and share the joy of a live musical performance. 

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Photo credit: Pam Elliott

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Listen to Janie! Music With A Smile and Janie Next Door

"I Love Playing Accordion" from Jane Christison's album,"Come Sing Along with Janie Next Door™"

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Debbie Gray

Janie’s collection of original songs is entertaining for adults and a blast for kids!  The tunes are catchy, the lyrics cute and informative, the sound effects are novel, the energy is contagious and the endless variety of styles and sounds provide something for everyone to love!  Equally exciting, there is an abundance of concept samples that connect beautifully to state Fine Arts standards, making this CD a music educator’s dream.

Debbie Gray, BME, MAT Educator, Author and Keynote Speaker
Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Leona Murphy

It was fun to see someone play the accordion. Great idea getting the children and families to participate!

Leona Murphy, Preschool Director
Overland Park, Kansas

Rita Davidson

The tunes on “Come Sing Along With Janie Next Door” are catchy, the lyrics easy to remember, and Jane’s enthusiasm for music is contagious! Elementary school children will be captivated by the fun and “get involved” mood created by Jane. I recommend this CD to parents, children, music teachers, and elementary school teachers who want to create some lively and enjoyable moments for their students!

Rita Davidson, National Editor

Cy Richards

As a grandparent, I’m well past childhood, but I thoroughly enjoyed all the songs on the CD. The tunes, the words, the sound effects are so much fun, that you can’t help joining in by singing along, tapping your toes and even getting up and dancing. I can hardly wait to share this CD with my grandkids.

Cy Richards, Grandfather
Overland Park, Kansas

Amy Schroeder

I work with Pam P., and she recently bought me  “Janie Next Door” CD for my two kiddos, ages two and four. They LOVE it! My two-year-old son always asks for “owside song” (1st on the CD), and my four-year-old asks for a different one each day: the lunchbox song, the shoe song, etc.

I’m amazed at how often my daughter will break out into one of your songs after something was said similar. And, because of “I Had Beans Last Night”, my kids now eat any kind of bean I put in front of them, just so they can sing the song! I like the CD for its originality, and I really admire your talent!

Amy Schroeder, Mom
Overland Park, Kansas

Penny Snodgrass

Most terrific! Very energizing and fun! We loved the Come Sing Along With Janie Next Door program as much as the children did.

Penny Snodgrass, Preschool Director
Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Susan D. Brown

The children, ages 2 1/2 to 12 years, were all active, involved and excited about the performance. Janie’s ability to capture an audience is amazing!

Susan D. Brown, Assistant Director, Early Education Center
Shawnee, Kansas

Jane Rink

Accordion music, marching, silly songs = FUN! Janie Next Door was a huge hit at our library, for young and old alike! We can’t wait to have her back!

Jane Rink, Early Child Coordinator, Bonner Springs City Library
Bonner Springs, Kansas

Dawn Schnake

My preschooler and first-grader love Janie!

Dawn Schnake, Mom
Overland Park, Kansas

Lynn Wollard

For 30 minutes Janie had our 3-5 year olds under her musical spell! She invited student involvement, and the kids loved that.

Lynn Wollard, Preschool Director
Kansas City, Missouri

Kim Manford

Thank you for coming to our school!  The children and teachers had a wonderful time. The children were engaged and interested.  I love that you taught the children about the accordion. What a fun morning!

Kim Manford, Preschool Co-Director
Kansas City, Missouri

Peggy Snodgrass

Most terrific! Very energizing and fun! We loved the Come Sing Along With Janie Next Door program as much as the children did.

Peggy Snodgrass, Preschool Director
Lee’s Summit, MO

Aimee Alderman

Jane engaged parents and children in fun, easy-to-sing songs. She exercised their muscles with marching and skipping, their brains with clapping and interesting vocabulary, and their spirits with her joyful program. Parents and children alike had so much fun. It was wonderful to see families enjoy this experience together!

Aimee Alderman, Coordinator, Parent as Teachers Association
Kansas City, Missouri

Take Janie Next Door with you!

Come Sing Along With Janie Next Door CD & Digital Download | MusicWithASmile.com

Jane's popular CD, Come Sing Along With Janie Next Door™  is a favorite of young and old. Praised by parents, educators, grandparents, AND most importantly...kids! It's received multiple awards and accolades.

A lyrics booklet of all the songs comes along with the CD so you can sing along, too!

Janie’s smile (you can hear it!) and enthusiasm are contagious, you'll find yourself singing along. Her original songs are so catchy that they’ll stick in your head, and you won’t want them to leave!

Grab the CD or digital download.

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Photo credit: Pam Elliott

Come Sing Along With Janie Next Door Learning Guide | MusicWithASmile.com

The Come Sing Along with Janie Next Door™ Learning Guide takes Jane Christison’s award-winning children’s CD and turns its 18 original, upbeat songs into attention-grabbing lessons that classroom teachers, music educators, and homeschoolers will love teaching to their students, from preschool through early elementary.

Janie Next Door Learning Guide | MusicWithASmile.com

Jane Christison and Debbie Gray

Using classroom-tested techniques by music educator, Debbie Gray, this book comes with two CD’s (with and without vocals) plus 90 coloring pages*, puzzles*, word searches* and extension activities* to connect MUSIC with:

  • Art, math, science and language arts.
  • Reading fluency and comprehension.
  • Physical education and FUN!

Students will want to do these songs and activities again and again!

*The 90 workbook exercises may be copied or reproduced for classroom use.

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See Janie Next Door in action!

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Janie Next Door's Notable Performances

  • Aqua Jamz Concert Series, Mission, KS
  • Bryan Kids’ Health & Safety Fair, Lincoln, NE
  • Bunny Eggstravaganza, Mission, KS
  • CoCo Key Water Resort, Independence, MO
  • Daniel Young Elementary School, Blue Springs, MO - First Graders Concert with Janie Next Door®
  • Enchanted Forest, Lenexa, KS
  • Faulkner’s Ranch, Kansas City, MO
  • Fort Leonard Wood Easter Egg Hunt, Fort Leonard Wood, MO
  • Great Midwest Balloon Fest, Olathe, KS
  • Jiggle Jam, Kansas City, MO
  • Johnson County Museum, Overland Park, KS
  • Kansas City Baby & Kid Fest, Kansas City, MO
  • Kansas City Power & Light District – Sprint Family Fun Day
  • Maker Faire Kansas City
  • Merriam Farmers’ Market, Merriam, KS
  • Mid-Continent Libraries – “Music With A Smile”
  • Midwest Kids Fest, Overland Park, KS
  • Mission Family Festival, Mission, KS
  • Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Overland Park, KS
  • Overland Park Fall Festival, Overland Park, KS
  • Overland Park Farmer’s Market – Clock Tower Plaza
  • Plaza Library, Kansas City, MO
  • Popsicles in the Park Concerts, Independence, MO
  • St. Mary’s College, Early Childhood Development Center, South Bend, IN
  • Teddy Bear Picnic, Kansas City, MO Parks & Rec
  • Turkey Creek Festival, Merriam, KS
  • University of Notre Dame, Early Childhood Development Center, South Bend, IN
  • VillageFest, Prairie Village, KS
  • Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City, Shawnee, KS
  • Zona Rosa Breakfast with Santa and Family Fridays at the Frog Fountain, Kansas City, MO