Valerie Bailey
Wilmington, DE
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Valerie Bailey

Valerie B.

Wilmington, DE
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My approach is fun, simple, and easy to understand. I focus on getting a strong foundation and excellent first experience with music. The child will be given a lesson and theory book to work from, but will also be encouraged to sing music they personally like. This keeps the child motivated to practice and adds an element of fun! These songs can then be used in our recitals, for auditions, or put in their personal repertoire book.

I have also successfully prepared many students for their Cab Calloway School for the Arts auditions and have made it in.

About Valerie B.

Hi there! My name is Valerie. I'm a certified music teacher that loves to see a person grow in their love and ability for music. With 15+ years of teaching privately, experience teaching publicly in elementary school music classrooms, enjoying several years as a Kindermusik (preschool music) teacher, and a school year teaching with VSA arts of Delaware (teaching music to those with disabilities), I find it thrilling to see a person of any age & background grow and blossom in their passion for music!

Though I enjoy and have experience at teaching all ages from children to adults, I specialize in teaching ages 5-19. I would describe myself as a preschool/elementary/middle school music teacher that teaches privately. ;) My studio is filled with many smiles, stickers for every accomplishment, and a treasure box of cool prizes for those who are practicing regularly and did a great job in their lesson. Lessons are a time where children can feel like music really is fun and enjoyable to learn and experience!

In addition to being a teacher, I am also a singer/songwriter, and performed for 6 years at local coffee shops and outdoor events within Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. I am also a member of a local professional caroling group called Yuletide Singers which performs seasonally in places like Longwood Gardens and corporate functions. My history for performing stretches back, though, to my years as a puppeteer/children's performer, touring with a team doing school assemblies and evening family performances. I'm always excited to bring my understanding and experience with performance to my students!

**And, with excitement, I must add that TakeLessons named me "Teacher of the Week" on October 4, 2010! What a great honor! Thank you TakeLessons!!**

*** Lesson Details ***
Our time spent together will be filled with many smiles & laughs because that is probably why you want to take lessons -- because it makes you feel wonderful inside!

Within 3-6 months, we'll begin discovering how to read music and understand the language of it. We'll learn how to play/sing some of your favorite songs and learn some that you might not know. We'll discover what you really want to learn and achieve through taking lessons, and we'll work toward those goals!

For the intermediate piano student, we will begin understanding basic Music Theory and scales and will even take a look at how chord symbols work. Soon, you'll be learning how to accompany yourself and others as you sing! For singers, we'll learn about vocal techniques, breathing, getting your best vocal sound and discovering how to take a song to its potential! We'll also learn performance techniques, how to work with a microphone, have a great stage presence in front of a live audience and begin learning how to read music and even get familiar with the piano keyboard! For all my students, it's a journey that is exciting, unique to each individual, and one we will embark on together!

Because music is a performing art, I coordinate two music recitals each school year for students who are interested. This is an optional event, but is encouraged as part of the learning experience. It is usually held at a local firehall and presented in a low-stress and fun way with refreshments that follow!

*My studio is in a safe, family-friendly home & smoke-free environment. We also having a loving canine member in our family... a Yellow Labrador Retriever named Maximus. He is energetic and friendly. You may or may not see him since the entrance to my studio is through our back door, off the main house.

So! What do you say? Shall we START THE MUSIC? :)

Find me on Facebook: Valerie Bailey Music, for more photos of my fun recitals!


*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are enjoyed in a dedicated music room; keyboard (full-size with weighted keys and sustain pedal)

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.

I specialize in music education for all children, including ones with special needs. I feel it is so important for a child to start out with a fun and wonderful experience with music and performing. My approach is simple and fun and understandable for the young mind.

For my more intermediate students, I enjoy taking them to the next level of understanding in their instrument as well as music theory.

Because music is a performing art, I coordinate two music recitals each year for students who are interested. This is an optional event and presented in a low-stress and fun way!

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Auri
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It went very well! She was kind and gave great information!

Posted Jun 10, 2020
Amelia F.
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Valerie is amazing! My daughter is very shy and I was concerned online singing lessons may not go very well. But Valerie was very kind and fun. My daughter really enjoyed the lesson and she learned a lot. Looking forward to many more lessons.

Posted May 26, 2020
Evelyn
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My 10 year old loves her lessons!

Posted May 10, 2020
Sylvia A.
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Gosh!!! She has so much patience with my 4 year old granddaughter....she sends me recordings of there session and my granddaughter is actually following it...Valerie has a warm soul and makes me aware of details ....she’s greatttt!

Posted Feb 21, 2020
Lydia D.
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My daughter had a fantastic first lesson and we can’t wait to see where this goes!

Posted Dec 11, 2019
Jia M.
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Couldn't have been better. Valerie was very sweet and took her time with my daughter who has special needs. Can't wait to see what the next lessons will be like

Posted Jun 27, 2019
Teresa B.
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Valerie is an excellent teacher.
She makes her students feel so comfortable with her bubbly personality. We highly recommend her

Posted Aug 30, 2018
Charlotte
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Valerie is an amazing instructor! She is wonderfully patient with her students. An energetic teacher who loves what she does, and it's so evident that she enjoys teaching.
I have 100% enjoyed having my daughter learn from such a talented person. I would recommend her to anyone who asked.

Posted Jan 30, 2018
jason
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Valerie is great. I would recommend her to anyone looking for singing instruction.

Posted Jul 9, 2017
Nancy G.
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Valerie was perfect for me! She was very patient and explained everything very well to,being my very first lesson ever! I definitely give her a big thumbs up!!! 👍

Posted Apr 11, 2017
Zoe
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My daughter loves taking classes with Valerie it's the most excited I've seen her about any activity she has tried. Very happy!

Posted Feb 1, 2017
Caitlin
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Great experience! My daughter is very excited for her next lesson!!

Posted Dec 12, 2016
Evan M.
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Valerie is a wonderful teacher.
She is very patient and kind.

Posted Aug 30, 2016
Kristin G.
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Valerie is awesome!!!

Posted Jul 25, 2016
Jaylin J.
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This was mt 7yr old mm


This was my 7yr old granddaughter very first singing lesson, everything went great. Valerie is very patient and a

Posted Jul 11, 2016
Sharon F.
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Valerie has a warm and open personality. She is easy to talk to and doesn't put a lot pressure on you. Absolutely recommend!

Posted Sep 25, 2015
David
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Valerie is a wonderfully warm teacher, perfect for very young beginners like my 5 year old son. We are thankful to have found her through this site.

Posted Sep 24, 2015
Gail W.
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Valerie is an excellent teacher. She is good with kids, and very patient. We definitely recommend her as a teacher!

Posted Sep 17, 2015
Sharon F.
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My first lesson was awesome! She was patient and clearly explained everything. So much fun - can't wait until next week!

Posted Aug 25, 2015
Zoey M.
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My daughter loved Valerie from the first day they met. and is soooo excited about going to meet her every week. She makes her very comfortable. Plus she send me updates of what they do every class. Valerie is an awesome teacher with an amazing personality.

Posted Jul 17, 2015
Jennifer A.
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The is Joan, Zoe's grandmother writing a review for Valerie. Valerie is an AMAZING teacher. My grandaughter Zoe has been taking lessons with her for about 2 years now and she continues to become a better and better singer every lesson with Valerie. I love the way that Valerie works with kids and she handles all the rough situations, that come along with working with kids, so well. All of this paired with her enthusiasm really helps build a great connection to her students and we wouldn't have it any other way! Thank you!

Posted Jul 10, 2015
Megan W.
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My daughter has been taking lessons with Valerie for about a year now and she LOVES her! Valerie tackles challenges head on and her enthusiasm about music motivates my daughter to reach her goals time and time again!

Posted Jun 1, 2015
Tina
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Very fun and educational. I got home and all i wanted to do was practice and play. I can't wait for my next lesson.

Posted Apr 22, 2015
Kelly G.
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We chose Valerie because of her experience with kids. She made my daughter feel at ease immediately, connecting with her through humor, easy-to-understand communication and praise. In just three lessons, I can already see the difference in my daughter's voice. We are happy to have found Valerie!

Posted Nov 17, 2014
JohnM3

Sam's Dad

Valerie is excellent with Samantha. She tries to keep Sam on track during lessons and makes them fun for Sammy. Valerie did a spectacular job in a couple weeks prepairing Samantha for an audition to Cab Callaway. Samatha went into and performed very well at the audition, THANKS VALERIE!!! Valerie has been excellent with both her vocal and piano teachings and we would highly recommend Valerie.

Posted Jan 19, 2012
SarahS1

Fabulous!

Valerie is such a warm and lovely person. She is an excellent teacher who consistently listens and adjusts to the student's needs and ideas. She is positive and encouraging every week. My daughter loves her and looks forward to seeing her.

Posted Oct 24, 2011
BetsyG

Valerie is great! She is a lot of fun and very personable. She is very good at finding ways to help me in specific areas where I am having problems.

Posted Oct 9, 2011
ElaineD

An exceptionally talanted teacher!

Valerie is a wonderful, warm, upbeat, encouraging, and charismatic teacher that is able to immediately put anyone at ease. Valerie's approach is flexible enough so even a shy teenager feels that her musical dreams and desires are taken seriously. At the same time, Valerie manages to gently guide the lesson so as to ensure progress continues towards musical goals. I recommend Valerie as a music teacher for anyone who wants to have fun and learn music, especially shy teenagers like my daughter!

Posted Aug 5, 2011
AbiN

Very nice Instructor! Great Lesson Experience! Could not continue due to the commute time!

Posted Jul 20, 2011
VickiL

song suggestion

Robin is really enjoying the piano lessons!She wanted to play when the Saints Go Marching In because her friend knows how to play that song. Do you have the sheet music?

Posted Mar 24, 2011
DannyH

We are very pleased! Valerie is patient and kind and knowledgable. She has a wonderful way about her.

Posted Mar 21, 2011
BethC

grandmother to Nathan

I should have commented before now on how great Valerie is. She is so positive about Nathan's progress and he is really enjoying it. Her enthusiasm and encouragemet go a long way!

Posted Mar 3, 2011
KellyM2

great job!

Thank you for all of your help with Julia, she really enjoys her time with you! You adapted to the way that Julia learns and understands concept- she's not "by the book"! You handled her special needs wonderfully.

Posted Jan 17, 2011
PeteE

Lessons are fun and enjoyable

Valerie is very personable, my daughter enjoys singing lessons with her.

Posted Jan 15, 2011
DebbieH

violin lessons for Abby

Abby really enjoys her instructor Mrs. Valerie. She has taught Abby a lot about form and technique. She always leaves helpful messages, tips, instruction, and feedback. I am so glad that we found her..

Posted Nov 25, 2010
DeonneP

Miss Dionne Price

ms valerie, is very kid freindly, energetic and knowledgable. she is great instructor, and i would tell her to continue to do what she is doing she is great!

Posted Nov 6, 2010
CintiaP

I definitely recommend Valerie B.!

Valerie B. teaches piano to my 5 years old son. She is warm, knows how to deal with young kids and above all she is a great teacher. We always feel very welcome to her friendly home and is wonderful to know that my child is in great hands!

Posted Oct 27, 2010
JimP1

Is able to teach an ol' dog, new tricks

I want to preface this review to say that I have been playing the guitar for 15+ years. I have an understanding of melodies, rhythms and timing. I can't read guitar music but can read guitar chords and tablature. I'm 40+ years old.I wasn't sure what to expect with my first violin lesson. Learning to read music (notes) would be a big part of understanding the violin. I knew I could play the notes, it would be just a matter of locating them on the fret board of the fiddle violin. Our first lesson included, understanding the parts of the violin and bow. I also learned to identify several notes and how many beats a certain note gets. Again, with my background, I had a basic idea on how beats per note worked but how that related to a violin and bow, took a little getting used to. Valerie was very patient with this particular part of the lesson plan. Valerie is easy going and patient. She really wants the individual to succeed. She provides instructional material (in the form of practice workbooks / CD's) as well as separate hand-outs. The practice workbooks builds upon each previous lesson. Each weekly lesson is structured but not rigid enough that questions and answers can't be addressed on the spot.She is very accommodating to different playing styles and modifies her teaching methods to specific requests. I would recommend her to anyone that might want to take up leaning another instrument or their first instrument. Valerie's teaching style works well for beginners.--------I don't know if my guitar background allowed me to pick up the violin quicker than an individual that has no previous playing experience, your results may vary but if you put in the time to practice, faithfully, than your individual gains should make themselves apparent.But you have to practice!

Posted Aug 10, 2010
PaulM2

Father of Erin who takes lessons

I haven't stayed for any lessons to watch first hand, but from what I hear from both Erin and Valerie things are going extremely well. Erin is very much enjoying her lessons.

Posted Jul 12, 2010

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Experience

Vocalist
Sep 2010 - Present

Shoestring Productions

I am a vocalist with Shoestring Productions providing Yuletide cheer during the Christmas season as a caroler. "Oh what fun it is to ride...." to places like Longwood Gardens, corporate events, country clubs and nursing homes to sing our quartet arrangements!

Private Voice and Piano Teacher
Sep 1997 - Present

My Home Studio

I have been offering private piano and voice lessons to children, teens and adults from my home studio since 1997.

Piano and Voice Instructor
Dec 2009 - Sep 2012

Music & Arts Music Store, Delaware

I loved going into the music store and offering my services as a private voice and piano teacher. I was able to teach children, teens and adults during my time there.

Music Specialist/Instructor
Sep 2011 - Jun 2012

VSA Delaware, The State Organization on Arts and Disability

I specifically worked with the Salvation Army's disability group. Our weekly classes were filled with music games, education, and performance preparation for the end of the year performance.

Singer/Songwriter
Sep 2002 - Jun 2009

Mended Vessels

My husband and I took our music 'on the road'. We enjoyed performing at local coffee shops, outdoor events, and church functions. Though we still continue to write music and sing/play at our church, we have taken a break from touring to focus on our children and home.

Private Lesson Instuctor and Summer Camp Specialist
Sep 2002 - Jan 2006

Premier Centre for the Arts, Middletown, DE

I taught private voice and piano at PCA for several years as well as theater summer camps for children.

Kindermusik Instructor, Early Childhood Music
Sep 2003 - Jun 2005

Wilmington Music School

I enjoyed teaching early childhood music through the Kindermusik program at the Wilmington Music School for several years.

Substitute Music Teacher for Local Schools
Sep 1997 - Jun 1999

Northeastern Music Programs, Inc.

I enjoyed going into the schools and providing a musically fun and educational time for elementary school students.

Education

BS in Music Education, K-12
Sep 1993 - May 1997

West Chester Universtity, West Chester, PA

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Kindermusik Instructor
Sep 2002

Kindermusik

Though my license is not currently updated, I received an online certification from Kindermusik during the years I taught their classes.

Awards

Teacher of the Month
Oct 2010

Takelessons.com

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2004
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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