Three Decades of Musical Education
YMV started in the fall of 1991 to answer home-schoolers’ need for a musical outlet. While private lessons were available in the community, there was no opportunity for a group experience. With that in mind, founder Debi Hall approached Mr. Carroll Bailey, a retired band instructor, about starting a home school band. They placed an ad in the Bayith newsletter and YMV began as a cooperative with four students and a page turner, meeting for one hour, two days a week.
One Intermediate Band class (two trumpets, two flutes) grew to a Beginning and an Intermediate level. Strings were added in the third year, and Choir began in the fifth year. The YMV program continued to expand, adding academic classes, a Spring Trip, and social activities.
Over the years, YMV has continued to grow and has gained recognition in the community as the premier home school music program in Virginia.
While music is our mainstay, YMV also offers academic courses in math, science, social studies, language arts, and foreign language, as well as a wide range of art classes and drama classes that perform in the fall and spring. These courses are geared toward the academic and fine arts needs of families with 6th-12th grade students that attend the music program. Today, YMV serves home-school families and the community with a faculty and staff dedicated to teaching and training students from preschool through high school.
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. Our commitment is not only to teach music, but to teach life lessons and Godly principles through music.