Developing Life Long Skills
Music is Love
Singing and humming create new pathways of thought. Music inspires ideas and opens new doorways of possibility. Our voices have power and when we put our voices together, and sing with intention, we can change the world. Our bodies and voices are designed to sing, praise, and speak power to truth.
So let your voice take wing!
Can anyone learn to sing in tune?
Yes. Many people have been told that they are ‘tone deaf’ but in truth they have been shamed and then they stopped trying. Singing in tune involves listening and practice, which uses fine motor memory to learn to ‘feel’ the pitches internally.
Do online lessons really work as well as in person?
Yes. There are some strong benefits to online lessons. 1. You don’t need to travel to lessons. 2. You can see your teacher face to face and you can see what they are doing. 3. The mirror effect for singing can help singers find their posture and placement. 4. Music lessons can be recorded for future study.
But really? Can I become a great singer?
Well, it depends. To become a great singer, you need to really understand your voice, your presence, what you do well, and your ideal range. You cannot just idolize a singer and hope you can cover them well.
Singing is like athletics. It takes understanding your voice, finding your ideal musical persona as well as understanding the uniqueness of your voice.
What age is best for starting voice lessons?
People used to think that voice lessons should wait until the teen years but that has been debunked, thankfully! If your child has an interest in singing, let them sing! I have had a student who started at age 5.
What age is best for starting piano lessons?
It really depends on the child. Young children need to have some dexterity in the hands and focus during lessons for practicing at home. 5-6 for some but it’s never too late to start anytime.
I'm not interested in performing. Can I still take lessons?
Yes! Many people take lessons because they want to explore their voice as music therapy. Singing is soothing and calming. Science has validated that singing brings many health benefits.
Is it too late to take piano or voice lessons?
No! It’s never too late to pick up an interest in music. Picking up an instrument, like piano, and singing will keep you sharp and focussed. Music keeps you young!
A nationally recognized singer and vocal coach, Valerie has taught thousands of singers of all styles and levels, including Grammy award winners, touring rock bands and professional opera singers. Now an eclectic artist, Valerie has performed major opera roles (Queen of the Night), sung with a nationally recognized vocal jazz quartet, performed as a rock/pop keyboardist and vocalist, and has recorded in the studio. Her latest creative project is her YouTube channel, Vocal Splendor Studios, which has over 89K subscribers and over 21 million views from devoted fans.
“Valerie’s energy, passion for learning, work-ethic, in-depth knowledge of the voice and styles, and can-do attitude make her an exceptional teacher. I would be comfortable recommending Valerie any time..” —Nancy E Bos
“I would highly recommend Valerie to anyone seeking any type of musical endeavor. Her knowledge and experience is deep, her approach and presentation is personable yet very professional. She knows how to get results!” –Michael Wansley
“As a voice teacher, Valerie has offered my son great flexibility, adapting to his interests and needs, while providing him with good instruction and feedback about his voice. I would recommend her as a voice teacher to anyone, adult or youngster, and can also strongly recommend her as a fine, caring human being — which makes so much difference.”–Carl Binder