Valerie Boizelle received her B.M. in piano performance from the University of California, Irvine. She began her higher education at Brigham Young University and later transferred as a Rawlins Scholar to be with her husband while he completed his Doctorate in Physics and Astronomy. They are now proud Aggies while Dr. Boizelle is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Texas A&M University.
In her career, Miss Valerie has had the opportunity to study with Dr. Lorna Griffitt, Dr. Scott Holden, Linda Barker, and has competed internationally. She has performed for Menahem Pressler, Edmund Battersby, Karen Shaw, Norman Krieger, Hans Boepple, David Dubal, and more. She has attended such festivals as the Indiana University Piano Academy and the Orfeo Music Festival in the Italian Alps, where she was awarded for her interpretation of the music of Béla Bartók.
Miss Valerie has been accompanying choirs since 2006 and has a passion for singing. She spent five years as a member of the Millennial Choirs and Orchestra's Grand Chorus, debuting original music regularly at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Allen Performing Arts Center. She has participated in the recording of two of their albums in the Music Center at Strathmore (Washington, D.C.) and the historic Tabernacle (Salt Lake City, UT), as well as performed in Carnegie Hall.
Miss Valerie served as president and co-founder of the MTNA Collegiate Chapter at UCI, and was an officer of the BYU UMTA Collegiate Chapter where she was funded to present at the 2012 MTNA National Conference in New York City. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she thoroughly enjoyed teaching piano from ages 4 to 75 throughout beautiful Orange County, California from 2013-2018. She is a practiced advocate of both traditional and unorthodox teaching methods, including work as a practice coach and lessons via the internet. She is a licensed Kindermusik Educator, teaching young children at the Kindermusik of College Station-Bryan.
Her experience as an accompanist and chamber musician has been extensive. Miss Valerie first performed with an orchestra in 2009 and has relished collaborating with other instrumentalists ever since. In 2015 she performed the Mendelssohn Trio in D Minor with violinist Harotune Bedelian. She has also been fortunate to have experience performing as a keyboardist for both pit orchestras (Hairspray - 2011) and symphony orchestras (Phantom of the Opera - 2013).
Teaching piano is an honored oral tradition where deeply rooted knowledge of technique and musicality is passed down through generations of teacher-student relationships. It is a privilege to be a part of it. I believe that it is every piano teacher’s solemn responsibility to ensure that each student has not only the technical training to create great musical expressions in a physically healthy manner, but to also encourage a passion for the expressions that music can create as a reflection of their character.
Helping students learn at the piano is a labor of love, where the teacher must humble themselves and learn from each student how best to mold them into lifelong musicians. Every student is different, whether it be age, experience, temperament, or technical ability. This requires the teacher to have many tools from which to draw upon when deciding how they can foster a love of musical expression in each individual. I believe that as a responsible teacher, I must continually instruct myself in new ways to reach my students. I make it a point to get to know each student. I ask them about their home life, their interests, their schooling, etc. With this knowledge, I can tailor my teaching to relate to each individual and engage them with music in a positive way that will encourage them to better incorporate music into their lives. I also take note of each student’s learning style. No one style or formula of pedagogy will fit every type of student, and it is both an acknowledgment and integration of this truth that sets the mediocre from the great pedagogues apart. Any competent pianist can teach a child to read music and effectively play a piece, but a competent teacher will also help them understand what the music is saying and how to express a piece of themselves through it. I strive for the latter. As human beings, we are full of emotions, opinions, and desires. Music is a beautiful way to share these with the world. I want my students to have the tools they need to utilize the music that great composers have given us to express themselves. There is no better form of emotional therapy.