Valerie Stroman began taking voice lessons at the Columbia Arts Academy in 2011 with her daughter, who has moved on to piano lessons.
I could not, as they say, hold a tune in a bucket. That was my lifetime goal, to take a voice lesson.
Each lessons gets me there, and it’s much better than what it was. ... I’ve learned that I am able to persevere. My goal, it may take me awhile to reach it, but with perseverance and really having the hunger for it — even at my age, as an adult, you can attain anything you set out to do. And there’s always room for improvement, always.
I’ve done some painting. It’s been years. I want to study it.