Courtney Bailey

Courtney B.

Durham, NC

About Courtney B.

Courtney teaches: Ages 10 and up
Teaching since: June 2010
Last sign in: Within a month


I was born in Heidelberg, Germany, but raised in Fayetteville, NC. I started singing at 3, playing the clarinet at 11, writing/composing at 12, recording at 15 and arranging at 16. I attended North Carolina Central University and earned my Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies Vocal Performance in May 2010 and my Master of Music in Jazz Studies Arranging and Composition. During my tenure, I had the opportunity to work with artist such as Branford Marsalis, Joey Calzerrado, Geri Allen, Carmen Lundy, Antonio Hart, and Nnenna Freelon as well as traveled to Toronto, the British Virgin Islands, NY, and Indiana to name a few destinations. I now perform R&B, Jazz, and Hip Hop music locally under the moniker "Coey Rochele" as well as in my group "1801", and write/arrange for special events and other local artist.

I focus on giving my student tools that they can use to in real world experiences...whether that is on a larger scale such as a show or small one like in church. We deal heavily with developing proper vocal technique, but I also give much attention to performing techniques and the art of delivering a lyric.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher, I like to provide a comfortable place to learn, but I do expect my students to do the work that I have assigned them. I like to make sure the lessons are as personalized as possible, so I spend the first lesson getting to know the student a bit personally, their musical aspirations and current musical abilities. For the first 3 lessons, I give special focus to correct breathing. Breathing, when it comes to singing, is fundamental, and for most people quite difficult to pick up on because it requires you to pay attention to an area that you normally do not. We also deal with tone production and vocal health. By the 4th lesson, we add on vowel placement and diction as well as basic music theory ( if the student does not know how to read music.) After the first 3 months, a general concept of proper breathing, diction, and tone production are established firmly. A student will also be aware of basic performance etiquette.

*** Studio Equipment ***
piano and mirror

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must have piano or FULL (88 keys) keyboard if I come to their home. I will provide everything else needed for lesson.

*** Specialties ***
My degree emphasized jazz, but I have experience and am proficient in classical, gospel, r&b, and Broadway genres as well.

Photos and Videos

Footage of my Sr Recital


K-6 General Music Teacher
Jan 2015 - Present
Carter Community Charter School

Vocal Instructor
Jan 2015 - Present
School Of Rock

Vocal Instructor
Jan 2012 - Present
Bella Fenice Vocal Studio

Vocal Instructor
Oct 2011 - May 2012
Music and Rock School


Masters of Music- Jazz Arranging & Composition
Jan 2011 - May 2014
North Carolina Central University
Bachelors of Music- Jazz Studies Vocal Performance
Aug 2005 - May 2010
North Carolina Central University

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Broadcast Music Inc.
Aug 2010

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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Maurice M. Jul 24, 2014
· Jazz Voice · In studio
"What can I say about Courtney? Beautiful person. Beautiful instrument. She has, hands down, one of the most amazing voices I have ever heard in my life. She knows her instrument intimately and intricately. Courtney's ear is amazing. Her ability to nail a melody, improvise it and navigate through changes is nothing less than astounding. She is truly a gifted, well versed and educated musician. Her composition and arranging speak to that as well. I was in awe as I sat and listened to her compositions at her graduate recital. Simply amazing. Great musician. Great person."
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