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The Valdosta Academy of Performing Arts exists to strengthen the community through arts education.

We pride ourselves in providing the highest quality programs for students of all ages and interests in the Valdosta, Georgia area (or online around the country).  Your private lessons will be tailored to your goals and learning styles by a patient, caring, and experienced teacher.

We currently offer private voice and piano along with both pageant and audition preparation.  

Explore our website to learn more and to contact us for scheduling.

Dr. McQuade teaching voice


Dr. Jennifer McQuade is the Founding Director of the Valdosta Academy of Performing Arts.  In demand as a teacher, performer, adjudicator, and clinician throughout the U.S. and Canada, Dr. McQuade has taught at the university level for over a decade.  She brings a tremendous depth of experience and skill from the stage and the studio to the Azalea city.  Learn more at the "Bio" link below.

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"Dr. McQuade is not just a teacher. She is a friend, a mentor, and an incredible role model. Dr. McQuade not only focuses on how to bring out the best in your voice, but she also takes the time to get to know you personally, relate to your struggles, and put herself in your shoes. She is always patient, encouraging, and kind. My time with Dr. McQuade is precious, and she somehow knows just the right thing to say to help things “click.” If you are looking for someone to bring out a side of your voice you never thought possible, Dr. McQuade is the teacher for you. Not only will you be getting incredible vocal training, you will be gaining a life-long support system and smiling face whenever you need her."

Haley Aguero


Current Student


"There are many words that can be used to describe Dr. McQuade but the one at the forefront is encourager!  She is a true advocate for achievement and growth.  Dr. McQuade immediately gained my daughter's trust by helping her to build her confidence as a performer while safely expanding her vocal range.  She helped my daughter excel not only with her technical ability but also with her belief in herself which she will carry with her through every venture her life holds.


As a mother, I would strongly encourage any parent to not walk, but run to private vocal lessons with Dr. McQuade; Valdosta is incredibly fortunate to have her in our community."

Lang Smotherman

Mother of current student, Allie Smotherman


"Dr. McQuade is the total package.  Well qualified academically and musically, a true teacher at heart, experienced in diverse musical settings, high energy, totally dedicated, and readily able to connect with students."

Paul Langford

Chicago-based freelance producer / arranger / orchestrator / singer / keyboardist / clinician

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