Val has been teaching Piano and Kindermusik for over 12 years. She began teaching private piano lessons while living in Hazelwood, MO and after moving to North Liberty, IA in 2008, she opened MusicEveryday and quickly grew from 2 to 23 students per week. In 2011, she joined Marek Szmyrgala as a piano teacher at Music4Life in North Liberty and added another 13 students to her weekly teaching schedule. All of her students had a variety of interests in music from classical, to jazz, to pop and even wrote their own music. Val prepared her students for 2 recitals every year and several students participated in the Music Development Program, all earning First Class Honors.
The foundation of my teaching philosophy is the awareness of how different every person is in the way that they learn. My first goal when I meet a new student is getting to know them before choosing materials. It is the student’s learning style that should determine the method and materials that I assign.
I became a licensed Kindermusik Educator in May of 2004 and taught classes at Dayspring School of the Arts until I moved to Iowa in May of '07 and in November of 2011, I started a Kindermusik program at Music4Life which included classes at the studio as well as local child care centers.
I began teaching private piano lessons while living in Hazelwood, MO and continued teaching while living in North Liberty, Iowa for 6 years. I have recently made another big move to Spring Lake, Michigan where I have begun teaching new students at Music Everyday.
I enjoyed teaching Music Appreciaion classes for Pre-K through 4th grade and Directing Heritage Singers which was the school choir for 5th through 8th grades. Shortly after the school year started, my husband accepted a new position in Grand Haven, MI and I was only able to teach 1 semester but enjoyed my time at this school very much!
I joined Marek Szmyrgala as a Piano Teacher at Music4Life in North Liberty, Iowa where I taught 13 students each week in addition to 27 students at my home studio.
Kindermusik is a well-known early childhood learning program that provides classes for children ages NB through 7 yrs. old. Parents are included in the learning experience through participation, observation & home activities. Each class focuses on 5 specific areas of development that benefits children by preparing them for school, private music lessons, sports, dance and much more!
· Classical Piano · In studio Patient, and accommodating
· Piano · In studio I appreciate how Val takes the time to explain everything to me. I also, liked the practices she assigned that involved exercising my fingers and playing the keys.
· Piano · In studio My kids agree that Miss Val was our favorite piano teacher. Four of them took piano lessons from her for a few years recently.
Miss Val uses fun and creative strategies to engage the littlest students. She manages to stay calm and kind but firm when needed.
Miss Val caters to each student's style and interests. She often brings in extra music and fun, supplemental learning material.
Miss Val helps students establish good habits and provides motivation to practice regularly. I am positive she will be your favorite teacher, too!
· Piano · In studio My son Noel started learning Piano from Val. Because of Val's teaching he is able to learn Piano very quickly, even though we don't have any music background. Val is a wonderful teacher, we would highly recommend Val.