- Teaches students:
- Ages 7 to 21
- Teaching since:
- September 2008
Valerie received her Master's Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Tennessee and earned her
Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance and Opera, and a Certificate in Musical Theater from Northwestern University. During her time in school she performed as Pamina in Die Zauberfl te, Abigail in the Crucible, Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Monteen in Parade. She played Papagena in The Magic Flute while she was a Resident Opera Artist at the Pine Mountain Music Festival in Michigan. She attended the Lucerne Festival Academy in Lucerne,Switzerland, where she was a soloist with the Festival Chorus and Orchestra. She is an active performer in the Philadelphia region, singing with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Singers and Opera Delaware in Wilmington.
*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons include vocal technique, musical interpretation, music theory and diction.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, music stand, mirror
*** Specialties ***
Voice, Classical, Musical Theater
Opera, Musical Theater
Valerie was a very encouraging and patient teacher who explains her lessons very well.
Best teacher ever. Taught my daughter how to sung well and with passion.
Valerie has been teaching my daughter for a couple years. My child has gone from shy, unskilled and uncertain in her singing TO confident, skilled and loves to perform. Valerie's one-on-one sessions are productive and tailored to my child's needs. She also draws on other resources to help develop my child's talent thru studio and recommendations. Her teaching skills are excellent as have seen my daughter transform steadily over these past few years. I highly, highly, highly recommend Valerie as a teacher. When I was searching for a singing teacher, I didn't know where to look and what to look for and went through Take Lessons and got a 'gem'.
Valerie is a great teacher on many levels. I've heard my improvements dramatically within several lessons because of her instruction and if you are nervous she helps you get over it quickly. She is very friendly and helps you achieve your goal, I couldn't recommend her highly enough!
I was quitting smoking when I met Valerie and I wanted to get my voice back. I was so self-conscious of my sound and range but after 5 minutes with her I just let go! She turned my voice around quick, and made me more aware of my stance and breath. I'm really happy I got her as a teacher!
Valerie is a wonderful teacher, willing to adapt to any style of music you wish sing.
My daughter is having a wonderful time studying with Valerie!
Valerie has been good at trying several approaches to determine what works best for me to achieve the desired result. With an older student that is definately a good thing.
Valerie has analyzed my daughter's skills and pinpointed her needs. She has a precise lesson and keeps the lesson on target the whole time. She is always well dressed and polite.
Valerie does a wonderful job with my 7year old daughter. Her gentle yet diligent approach to teaching has been very effective in keeping my daughter focused. She's helping her establish healthy singing habits which has greatly improved her overall sound. Highly recommend, thank you!
Valerie is so patient and nurturing with my 5 yr. Old I would highly recommend her.
I think she is an awesome teacher! I wouldn't have any other teacher!
Valerie is a knowledgeable, patient, efficient teacher with amazing skills!!
Excellent Teacher & Musician
I am very impressed with Valerie's ability as a teacher & musician. I highly recommend her to anyone, from beginner to professional, she has the ability and patience to help you succeed!
I am thrilled!
Six of our eight children are taking singing lessons from Valerie.Their ages range from 5 to 17 years old. They all have different capabilities for singing and they all have different personality types. They all look forward to their lessons and I am seeing many improvements already. Thank you so much Valerie. I am so looking forward to their future lessons and development.
Valerie was very helpful and encouraging. She gave me several techniques to work on to improve my range and control. Thanks!
Encouraging, patient, helpful, great teacher
Amazing Singing Lessons
Valerie keeps my lessons fun while teaching me how to recognize different pitches and use my "football voice"! (How to project my voice.) Tori W. (student)I am thoroughly pleased that Tori is enjoying her lessons. The feedback Valerie leaves is immediate and very clear on what Tori needs to work on to prepare for her next lesson. Beth W. (mom)
A wonderful treat!
Our experience with Valeri has been great. She keeps my young daughter right on task without ever seeming "mean" (especially in a 10-year-old's eyes). She offers age-appropriate comments and suggestions and has a keen sense for knowing when to simply move on to the next task. With other music lessons, getting my daughter to practice was a huge chore, now we almost never even have to remind her to practice - she loves it!