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Valerie Bastien is a musician at heart and an educator by choice. She is a vocal coach, musician, teacher and author. She specializes in removing tensions from the vocal instrument in order to free the voice and sing effortlessly. Applying Bel Canto derived techniques to modern contemporary rock and pop singing to develop a beautiful, vibrant, powerful, rich, pure and balanced tone is one of her main focus in addressing individual areas of need. Her breakthrough intuitive singing approach and healthy vocal strategies are amazing tools not only to grow creatively but also to consistently perform on the road or in the studio. Find your dynamic singing voice and maintain it!
Formerly trained as a classical singer, she obtained her Baccalaureate in Fine Arts (Specialization Music Performance) from Concordia University in 1998. She later graduated from University of Ottawa in 2003 with a second Baccalaureate in Education. Valerie has also been personally mentored by Jaime Vendera during her vocal journey as they continue to work in partnership to revolutionize the world of singing.
In addition to offering singing training to singers, Valerie has also spent over the last 15 years of her career teaching elementary school. After realizing that many teachers in her community struggled with vocal fatigue, she was inspired to write “Voice Yourself in the
a book that is directly intended to meet the vocal demands of
teachers. It offers strategies to find one’s natural dynamic
speaking voice: a voice that will project easily, feel good, sound
great and of course last. Go to VoiceYourselfInTheClassroom.com for more information and online advice on the speaking voice.
If you have ever set foot in Old Montreal during the mid-nineties, you might have heard her coloratura voice resonate throughout Place Jacques-Cartier where she was once regularly performing opera arias. Although nowadays Valerie has found her niche in education, she enjoys writing her own music. Simple arrangements, a pure vocal tone and little instrument ornamentations keep her music organic and genuine. Her classical training, colorful tone and French accent make for a unique pop/folk sound with a hint of world/new age feel. Valerie’s music can be heard at: ValerieBastien.com