Janie loves playing accordion! Who Is Janie Next Door? A fun children's accordionist!!
Jane Christison’s newest musical venture is writing music for kids and performing as children’s musician, Janie Next Door®.  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!

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 smile and enthusiasm are contagious, and her original songs are so catchy that they’ll stick in your head, and you won’t want them to leave!

Come Sing Along with Janie Next Door Her debut CD, “Come Sing Along with Janie Next Door™,” has received multiple awards:

Jane studied accordion with Joan Cochran Sommers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in accordion performance.  Jane is known for her Music With A Smile®, playing and singing many styles of music.  She is the owner of Music With A Smile Productions, LLC, which produces her CD’s and videos.

She is a member of:

  • The American Federation of Musicians
  • Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity
  • The Children’s Music Network
  • Kansas City Young Audiences – Teaching Artist


Janie Next Door® 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