Valerie Kampmeier, M.A., brings decades of performance experience as a successful classical pianist in Europe to her piano teaching and her life coaching practice for musicians. She also writes about living a creative life on her blog.
A gifted piano student from the age of five, Valerie has spent more than twenty-five years working as a teacher, coach and conductor in Britain, Europe and the U.S. with some of the world's most talented musicians.
She began teaching as a graduate student at one of London's premiere conservatories, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she went on to work with graduate piano accompaniment students, as well helping to run the Junior Department for gifted children, teaching piano, musicianship, and running two choirs. Valerie’s teaching emphasizes the importance of technical, physical, mental, emotional and creative freedom at the piano, as well as a wide range of repertoire, improvisation, and composition.
An injury that brought her career as a performer to an abrupt halt in her mid-thirties also caused her to question many aspects of musical performance training. In order to have a more profound understanding of her own challenges and those of others, she undertook years of intensive personal growth work, which culminated in a Masters' degree in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica.
As a result, she is able to offer both top-level professional musical assistance and empathic and expert life coaching. Her approach combines a genuine warmth and a well-developed sense of humor with intelligence, intuition and sensitivity.
See other posts by Valerie Kampmeier
- Thoughts on Talent
- Rising again
- Inspire yourself in 2013
- Mahler and Klezmer- the joy of juxtaposition
- Following your intuition- do you dare?
- Call me an amateur, please!
- Are you keeping your word? And does it matter?
- Improvising a Life
- Got juice?
- Going for Goals
- Creativity- the universal gift.
- Why do you teach?
- Wanting more balance in your life?
- New Adventures in Improvisation
- Listening to music on line.
- Teaching by skype: the results so far
- Teaching by skype
- The injured musician- a taboo subject?
- Music exams- what do you think?
- Drive – what it is and how to have more of it.