Valentina Nazarenko


As a music educator, I have found that combining classical training and improvisation, which I introduce to my students from the beginning to advanced levels, helps them to not only develop technical skills and performing abilities, but to access higher levels of artistic expression.

Valentina's earliest memories of music are listening to Ukrainian, Russian, and Polish folk songs as a child in her native Ukraine.

She had an extensive formal education in music that spans a B.A. from the Kiev State Music College and a Master of Music from the Odessa State Conservatory, with a special concentration on solo piano, pedagogy, chamber music, and accompaniment. Since coming to America she has studied jazz at The Mannes College of Music and continues with improvisation and jazz studies.

At BMS, Valentina employs a flexible and creative educational approach that is customized to each students age and stage of development. Her teaching combines a solid foundation in ear training, sight reading, and music fundamentals as the basis for students to develop higher level artistic interpretations, a personal tone, and spontaneous musical improvisation.

Valentina continues to be inspired by a range of composers, with a special affection for the works of Tchaikovsky.