The YMV Story
Educating young musicians in the home-schooling community to be godly leaders.
– YMV's Mission Statement
YMV started in the fall of 1991. Home-schoolers had a need for a musical outlet. While private lessons were available in the community, there was no opportunity for a group experience. So with that in mind, a retired band instructor, Mr. Carroll Bailey, was approached about starting a home-school band. An ad was put in the Bayith and YMV began as a cooperative with four students and a page turner. (It was called Young Musicians of Virginia several years later.) It met for one hour, two days a week.
We began with one Intermediate Band class (two trumpets, two flutes). This grew to a Beginning and an Intermediate level. Strings were added in the third year. Choir began in the fifth year. The rest is plain to see. Just look at a registration form of classes available! Music classes have expanded to Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Bands; Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Strings, five Choirs serving all ages, three Handbell Choirs, Theory, Preschool and Elementary Music programs, Ensembles and Private Lessons in every instrument. A School of Harp Studies was added in 2006. We have developed a community program called Music Alive! for four - nine year olds.
While music is the core thrust, YMV also offers other selected academic courses. These target families with 8th-12th grade students that attend the music program. In an effort to maximize the student's time on Tuesday and Friday at YMV, upper level Math, Science, Spanish and French, English, Speech and Writing, History, Government, Art and Drama have been added.
Today, YMV serves home-school families and the community with a faculty and staff of over 30, dedicated to teaching and training students from Preschool through High School. Their commitment is not only to teach music, but to teach life lessons and Godly principles through music.
The YMV program is intended to enhance and support - not replace - the home-schooling experience. In addition, we are dedicated to assisting the home-schooling parent to provide their children with extracurricular musical opportunities, such as summer classes, seminars, concert opportunities, performances and ministry outreach.
While we are Christian in principle and philosophy and our faculty must have a Christian testimony, we gladly accept students of any race and religion. Personal philosophy in no way compromises the acceptance, loving instruction and quality guidance a student will receive.
We are grateful to have the use of the facilities at New Song Fellowship Church, located at 865 Woodstock Road in the Kempsville area of Virginia Beach, just minutes from the Indian River Road Exit of I64.
Directions to YMV
New Song Fellowship is at the intersection of Woodstock and Providence Roads, in the Kempsville area of Virginia Beach, across the street from the Kempsville Baseball Fields. From the I-64 interstate, take Exit 286B (Indian River Road WEST). At the first traffic light, Turn RIGHT onto Reon Drive. The next intersection is Providence Road. New Song Fellowship is directly ahead of you. Turn RIGHT on Providence Road, and then take the First LEFT on Woodstock Road. The entrance to YMV is in the rear part of the church as it fronts on Woodstock Road.