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Meet Valerie Becker  

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

 

 

 

We are delighted to introduce you to Valerie Becker,  our new elementary music teacher.  Valerie has an impressive and broad range of experience in the world of music performance and education. She has taught music to grades 5-12 for many years at the Winsor School. She has worked with all ages of students as director of church choirs, and has served as director of many Lower School musical performances. Valerie is on the staff of the Kodaly Institute and has taught young string players as part of Project STEP. She has also served on the faculty of the BU Tanglewood Institute. 

Val’s background in musical performance is dazzling. She has served as a rehearsal pianist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Boston Pops and a number of other national and international music ensembles. 

Here are her responses to a few questions designed to help you get to know her.

What do you most enjoy about teaching music?

I love being with students and seeing that spark that happens when they understand something new and/ or appreciate something in a new or different way.  I want to know who my students are and I want them to strive to always be their best.  We are a very small part of a great big world and we need to encourage and inspire our students as they are the leaders of the future.

Do you have a favorite genre of music? What do you listen to for pleasure?

I love all kinds of music but my favorite genre is Baroque music and my favorite composer is JS Bach.  His music touches my soul in a wonderful and unique way.  I could talk about him for hours, although I promise that I won't!!!!

What is your first impression of Summit? 

When I saw Summit I immediately thought of my son's first school in Waltham.  The school was warm, encouraging and inviting and the faculty took great care to know my family and my son.  We felt at home and we were all family.  This is what I felt when I entered this lovely old house!  What a wonderful space for a small school - warm, supportive, cozy, and beautiful!

What do you hope/want for your students this year?

I want my students to feel safe and supported.  They should feel that they can be themselves and not be judged.  I want them to ask questions about own their work.  They can be proud of who they are and what they can accomplish if they work cooperatively as part of a community

Valerie will be teaching elementary students on Thursday mornings, please join us in welcoming her.