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Get to know Camden Branch Director Valerie Clayton
Valerie Clayton has been an integral element of Settlement’s development since her stint in 1990 as a voice instructor at this institution. As Branch Director at Settlement’s arm in Camden, NJ, Valerie is directly responsible for overseeing the overall musical education of her students. A notoriously kind-hearted individual, Valerie does this duty and more with absolute grace. Read below to find out more about this fearless Settlement leader!
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA; born and raised!
Educational Background: Graduate of West Catholic HS, Boston University (undergrad, Music Education major with a concentration in Piano), and Master’s in Vocal Performance from Temple University
Professional Background: Taught music class for grades K-8 and middle and high school. Started in 1990 as vocal instructor at Settlement. Directed the Children’s Choir at Settlement in Germantown. Functioned as the liaison between Camden School of Musical Arts and Settlement.
Why Music: “Music can take you out of yourself, relax you, and away from the stresses. You can get lost in music. Music can also teach you how to learn. If you practice in music, you can accomplish your goals. Music is also a wonderful way to meet and interact with different people. It’s truly a shared experience.”
Favorite Thing about Settlement: Watching children grow as musicians and people.
Hobbies: Music, watching movies, reading
Favorite Cuisine: “I don’t have a favorite. I like everything!”
Favorite Place You’ve Ever Been: Hawaii!
Favorite Artist/Musician: Leontyne Price (soprano), Oscar Peterson (jazz pianist), Gerald Price (Philly native jazz pianist), Beyoncé (sometimes)
Advice to Young Musicians: “Follow your heart if music is what you want to do and go for it! Also, see if teaching can be a part of what you do as well. It’s a wonderful way to give back and it helps you become a better artist.”