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. 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.

"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

"Jennifer is one of the most talented sopranos with whom I have ever worked.  Her commitment to the music and the production process is unmatched. I enjoyed her stage presence and the grace with which she portrayed the role of Gilda.  Her instrument is effortless!  Her 'Caro nome' was one of the best I've ever heard.  I'm looking forward to the opportunity to share the stage with her once again."

Michael Preacely

Professional Baritone

"Dr. McQuade recognizes that no two students are alike…no two individuals think, process information or respond the same and, therefore, she doesn’t try to use a one size fits all approach. She takes the time to get to know her students on a personal level, so that she can understand how or why certain things may be impacting a student’s session."

Elizabeth Colby

Minot, North Dakota

Current Student


"Dr. McQuade greatly improved my technique. I have no difficulty feeling a song and capturing meaning, but my technique often suffers. She helped me meld the two to create better performances and better music."

Brayden Lans


Half Step (high school music program)


Fort Collins, Colorado


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