Work experience

Work experience
2005 - Present

Founder and Director

Free To Create: Life Coaching for Musicians

Founder and Director of Free To Create, Life Coaching for Musicians, providing expert assistance, encouragement and inspiration to musicians throughout the world by phone and in person.

1986 - Present

Private Piano Teacher

Valerie Kampmeier Piano Studios

A talented piano student from the age of five, Valerie has been teaching since she was a graduate student at one of London's premiere conservatories, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She worked with graduate piano accompaniment students, as well as gifted children.

While living in North London, she also ran a successful home studio with regular student concerts and many examination successes. Her students have gone on to be professional musicians, actors, dancers, lawyers, and doctors--all with a deep love of music, and appreciation of the arts.

Valerie emphasizes the importance of technical, physical, mental, emotional and creative freedom at the piano, a wide range of repertoire, improvisation and composition.

Aug 2002 - Nov 2002

Interim Music Director

Chadwick School

Stepped into the position at several days' notice and ran the K-6 music program successfully for three months, including devising and preparing the Holiday Program and writing 300 music reports whilst the teacher was on sick leave.

Jan 2000 - Jul 2002

Faculty- Bachelor of Music students

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Faculty: Bachelor of Music degree programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Responsible for teaching history, style and analysis of Western classical music, musicianship, composition and improvisation. Also student advisor.

1997 - 1997

Pianist, coach and assistant conductor

Glyndebourne Opera

Pianist, coach and assistant conductor, Glyndebourne for new opera, "Misper" by John Lunn.

Rehearsed and directed professional soloists and groups of up to seventy young people in acclaimed première.

Hired as pianist/coach, and stepped in to conduct rehearsals for several weeks when conductor became sick.

1997 - 1997


Opera Circus

Pianist and conductor, Opera Circus artistic residency in Portugal for an international management consulting firm.

Devised, rehearsed and conducted groups of up to eighty management consultants in a series of shows resulting from three-day intensive workshops.

1990 - 1996


Mecklenburgh Opera

Freelance repetiteur for Mecklenburgh Opera, London.

Acclaimed premières of contemporary works by British and European composers. Performed in two BBC films of music by the composers of Terezin.

1995 - 1995


Academie Internationale d'Ete

Pianist and coach at the Académie Internationale d'été, Nice, France.

Worked alongside international voice teacher Noelle Barker , OBE, and coached singers in French.


Oct 2002 - Aug 2004

Masters in Spiritual Psychology

University of Santa Monica

Masters' degree in Spiritual Psychology, University of Santa Monica, California

1998 - 1999

Continuing Professional Development

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

"Continuing Professional Development" - one-year course at G.S.M.D., training in practice-based research, improvisation, composition and workshop direction.

The course included researching and writing a 5000 word dissertation and presenting it as a public lecture to the Academic Board at Guildhall. The dissertation on "The Impact of RSI on Creativity in Musicians" was based partly on the results of a series of creative workshops for musicians affected by RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury). It attracted considerable interest and acclaim, both from within the institution and outside.

1992 - 1994

Kodály Centre of London (David Vinden)

Studied the Kodály Method for two years under David and Yuko Vinden, founders of the Kodály Centre of London. David is one of the foremost exponents of Kodály Music Education in Britain.




Fluent German

Fluent French