Jane Christison, Accordionist

Accordionist and singer Jane Christison is known for her trademarked “Music With A Smile®.”  Her performances are filled with personality and an enthusiasm for playing the accordion that shines through.

Jane enjoys sharing her music with seniors in upbeat and engaging 45-minute “Music With A Smile®”programs at retirement communities and nursing homes.

She has fun wearing costumes and playing music for theme parties, open house events, conventions and other celebrations.

And Jane is introducing a whole new generation to the joy of music by writing songs for children and performing as “Janie Next Door®.”

Music Education and Accordion Projects

Jane studied serious accordion literature 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.

She has been featured as a guest artist and workshop presenter at:

  • The National Accordion Association, Inc.
  • The Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG)
  • The American Accordionists’ Association
  • The Las Vegas International Accordion Convention

Video versions of two of her workshops, “Playing the Accordion for Fun and Fame!” and “Squeezing Money Out of Your Accordion,” are available through her company, Music With A Smile Productions, L.L.C., as is her children’s CD “Come Sing Along with Janie Next Door™.”

Accordion Travels

As a member of the UMKC Accordionaires, Jane traveled and performed with USO Shows in the Far East, playing at military bases in Korea, Japan, Okinawa, Taiwan, the Philippines and Guam. A second USO tour took her to the Azores and Germany.

As a member of the UMKC Accordion Orchestra, Jane has performed in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, England, Scotland, Sweden, Russia, Estonia, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Italy.


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

With her smile and entertaining personality, no matter where in the world, or what the occasion, you’re sure to enjoy Jane Christison’s MUSIC WITH A SMILE®!