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Val L.

Spring Lake, Michigan
Good technique is the foundation for good musicianship so every lesson will include observations and suggestions for improving technique. It doesn’t happen overnight, therefore the goal isn’t perfection but progress through creative, positive teaching strategies. However, progress is impossible without practice so I provide tools and fun incentives that encourage every student to come in each week well-prepared for their lesson.
About Val L.

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.

Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Teaching since 2004

A.A. Liberal Arts

Age: 65 and under

Speaks English

Instructor details
Subject: Piano
Classical Piano
Teaches 2 subjects. Different subjects may have different prices.
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Teacher's studio

Patient, and accommodating

Posted Mar 20, 2016
Teacher's 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.

Posted Dec 25, 2015
Teacher's 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!

Posted Jun 12, 2015
Kindermusik Educator
Sep 2004 - Present
Dayspring School of the Arts/Music4Life/Music-Everyday
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.
Piano Teacher
Sep 2004 - Present
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.
Music Appreciation Teacher & Director of Heritage Singers
Aug 2014 - Dec 2014
Heritage Christian School
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!
Piano Teacher
Nov 2011 - Dec 2014
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.
A.A. Liberal Arts
Sep 1988 - Dec 1990
William Tyndale College
Native Proficiency
Sep 2004
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!

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