Valerie Bastien is a teacher and musician at heart. She has become one of the most sought after vocal coaches in Toronto with students of varying ages and backgrounds not only in her community but also in the United States, Europe and Asia.
She specializes in removing tensions from the vocal instrument in order to free the voice and sing effortlessly. In addressing individual areas of need, Valerie draws upon many techniques. From Bel Canto to modern contemporary rock and pop styles, developing a beautiful, vibrant, powerful, rich and balanced tone is her primary focus. Her intuitive singing approach and healthy vocal strategies provide tools to grow creatively and to perform at highest levels, whether it is on the road or in the studio. Find your dynamic singing voice and maintain it!
Formerly trained as a classical singer, she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts (Specialization in Music Performance) from Concordia University in 1998. She later graduated from University of Ottawa in 2003 with a second BA in Education. Valerie was personally mentored by Jaime Vendera during her vocal journey. They continue to collaborate in projects that aid many international artists.
In addition to offering vocal training to singers, Valerie has taught as an elementary school teacher for over 15 years. After realizing that many teachers in her community struggled with vocal fatigue, she was inspired to write “Voice Yourself in the Classroom” 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 have endurance.
Here's in an interesting fact: if you have ever set foot in Old Montreal during the mid-nineties, you might have heard Valerie's 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 minimal instrument ornamentation 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.