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Work experience

2005Present

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.

1986Present

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 2002Nov 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 2000Jul 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.

19971997

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.

19971997

Pianist/conductor

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.

19901996

Repetiteur

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.

19951995

Pianist/coach

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.

Education

Oct 2002Aug 2004

Masters in Spiritual Psychology

University of Santa Monica

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

19981999

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.

19921994

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.

Skills

Italian
Fluent German
Fluent French

References

Dr Darla Crispin

She has distinguished herself as an outstanding musician, teacher and facilitator [and] an excellent communicator.

Dr Megan Scannell

She gets to know the students' strengths and weaknesses, and then uses her large bank of educational and artistic tools to help the children reach their potential.

Nanna Brincker

I met Valerie at an opera audition in London and was so impressed with her playing that I asked her for private coaching.We ended up working and performing together in numerous recitals, concerts and auditions during a ten year period. Valerie is the most knowledgeable and sensitive coach I ever worked with. She has all the skills one could wish for in a coach as well as a great range of musical knowledge and depth of experience. She has a rare sensitivity both as a performer and coach and she has guided , supported and helped me to mature as a singer.

Derek Rodgers

 I have always found Miss Kampmeier's work to be of an exceptionally high standard. She is a natural and gifted teacher who has a real sensitivity and understanding... Her knowledge and understanding together with her tremendous energy and enthusiasm ensures that she gains extremely high results in all her work.... She has a very likeable nature which is infectious.

Publications

Professional Affiliations

Concerts

Extensively throughout Britain and Europe including:

Song Recitals 

Solo piano

  • St. Olave's, Hart St., London (UK) - Mozart Piano Concerti K271, K414, K449 with City Chamber Ensemble

Interest

Eclectic taste in music, creative writing, travel (particularly in Europe), languages, hiking, personal and spiritual development, performing and visual arts, genealogy, etymology and language development.

Summary

"...a masterly pianist." -The Observer, London

An accomplished musician, teacher, and coach with over fifteen years of experience as a classical pianist performing throughout Europe, and twenty-five years of teaching, coaching, and conducting experience. Valerie's clients and colleagues include some of the most accomplished and influential musicians of our time. Currently accepting enthusiastic, motivated and committed piano students, as well as singers and instrumentalists seeking to transform their lives through one-on-one coaching in person or by telephone.

Letters

15th March 2002

Dear Director,

My wife and I have just arrived home after attending a really marvellous lunchtime concert given by your Junior Guildhall Chamber Choir. I felt I had to tell Valerie Kampmeier how joyful and exhilarating it was and we still felt a glow on our journey home.

We attend the Regent Hall Concert every Friday and always enjoy them very much but this was something special. Please pass our sincere thanks to all taking part ... the warmth, enjoyment and enthusiasm shown today will stay with us for a long time.

Again congratulations and many thanks.

Sincerely,

Ken. Woolcott Popmobility, London

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