Valentina is a Steinway & Sons™ listed Music & Piano Teacher; Steinway have also provided performance sponsorship.

Steinway & Sons™

She is a Lecturer/Tutor in Piano at Southampton University.

She is a consultant for the Music Department of Havant & South Downs College.

She is a 'Visiting Academic Staff' for Churcher's College, Petersfield.

Valentina teaches in the style of the renowned "Russian School of Music" - which she of course was brought up in herself - as are all of her qualifications.

For a further partial explanation of playing technique - watch YouTube video here (set 'Settings' for English sub-titles)

Here, in the U.K., the curricula of ABRSM, Trinity, etc. are followed.

Valentina teaches students at all levels - from beginners (but prefers students to have already achieved Grade 5 - see below) through to Grade 8; and on to the professional levels of Diploma, Licentiate, Associate, Fellowship &/or Bachelor and Master Degree level - both in piano performance and/or music theory.

Within the last 21 years, here in the UK, students from Grade 1 to Licentiate Level have been successful.

See panel below for information on UCAS points for University/Conservatoire entry requirements - but alway check for latest information from UCAS directly.

Former & current students have received unconditional offers to study Piano &/or Music at such places as :-

Royal Academy of Music; Royal College of Music-London; Guildhall-London; Royal Northern College of Music-Manchester; Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama-Cardiff; Birmingham Conservatoire; King's College-London; Trinity College of Music-London; Goldsmiths-University of London; Royal Holloway-London; London College of Music; University's of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Bath Spa, Birmingham, Chichester, Hertfordshire, Keele, Lancaster, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Plymouth, Southampton, Sussex, York, Sussex, etc.

Students have also been accepted for the Royal Marines Band Service.

Students have won scholarships/bursaries/general entry to Peter Symonds College, Winchester College, Harrow Public School, Portsmouth Grammar School, Churcher’s College-Petersfield.

Former students have gained employment at The Royal Academy of Music, London; West End shows, etc.

Generally Grade 5 and above, including A, AS level, students are taught at The Havant & South Downs College, Waterlooville/Havant - where she is a Lecturer.

She is also engaged as a member of the 'Visiting Academic Staff' at Churcher's College, Petersfield, as 'Visiting Piano Teacher'.

Students may also be taught at Valentina's home address, in her own Music Room, subject to private arrangements.

And, for your peace of mind, wherever and however Valentina teaches - she is fully screened for involvement with children/minors/young adults, and others judged to be of a 'vulnerable disposition', and by CRO/CRB/DBS (formerly known as 'CRB check') clearance.
Valentina is also able to offer all protections, including full Public Liability Insurance, available to students as provided to her as a member of the Musician’s Union.
Should you need more information please use the 'Contact ...' page.

Valentina is also available for Master Class sessions - either publicly or privately.

For beginners &/or younger students - please see the panel(s) below; or contact Valentina directly to discuss your requirements whereby she will be able to recommend an appropriate teacher.

A Facebook tribute (posted 29th July 2014) from one of my former students who is now at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff. - and endorsed by others. (Names grayed out to protect identity - but if you want to know then contact Valentina)

August 2016 :

Well done to ALL South Downs College music students in their AS & A Level results this year!
In AS Level performance we've got 8 A, 1 B & 2 C
In A Level performance module - 7 A (with 2 top marks!) & 6 B.
So proud of everyone!
Congratulations to everyone....
Good luck for the future to all 2nd year students & please keep in touch


August 2016 - I was flattered to receive this Facebook Messenger message from one of my students :_

August 2016

July 2019

Returned from holiday to find this phone message from one of my junior students who'd just learned she'd achieved a Distinction in her Grade 6 results ! 



August 2019

GCSE Results Day !!
Results and reactions flooding in ! 
Have already been messaged by the mother ("We are incandescently proud ...") of one of my teenage students : her daughter has achieved her Music GCSE - 2 YEARS IN ADVANCE !!
Soooo happy for her 


May/June 2020

A couple of recent posts on my Facebook page

December 2020

Absolutely delighted with my students ABRSM performance/digital exam
results this term - three distinctions and two merits.
Well done to everyone! 👏
So happy teacher 🎶🙂🎹

(Two grade 8s, grade 7, grade 5, grade 3 🎼🙂🎹)



Valentina is available for accompaniment of students of all instruments taking grade exams, course assessments at higher education colleges, etc., by private arrangement.

Valentina is also available as an accompanist at music competitions, festivals, and professional engagements, etc. for musicians of all genres.

If unavailable by prior engagement, or circumstances, then Valentina is able to recommend one or more of her senior students to fulfil your needs. Please contact her in the first instance to discuss.

Please use the 'Contact ...' page

UCAS Tariff/Points

Did you know that you gain University Entry (UCAS Tariff) points?

UCAS Tariff/Points Recommendations for applications from Sept. 2019 onwards.


Grade 6/Grade Bands 3 - 6

Grade 7/Grade Bands 5 - 8

Grade 8/Grade Bands 6 - 10






























*Points shown are for the ABRSM, RSL, TCL and UWLQ Advanced Level music examinations.

This also includes the Level 3 Certificate in Music Production Grades 8, 7 and 6.

For latest information - See UCAS tariff calculator.

These Tariff points are used for applications submitted for the 2019 admissions cycle onwards (i.e. for students making applications from September 2018 for full-time courses starting from September 2019).

Fareham area - Violin &/or Viola

Fareham PO16 area

Jessica Lawless - MM.

Former student of mine.

Teaches up to and including Grade 8

Contact :-

0756 2309021

or email

I understand that Jessica may be willing to travel to Whiteley/Stubbington/Portchester/Cosham/Portsmouth/etc -

please contact her directly to find out.

South Coast - Piano - Voice - Theory


In the Southampton/Romsey and surrouning areas -

for Piano &/or Voice &/or Theory

I recommend Natasha Burns (Graduate of University of Surrey, B. Mus [Hons])

- a former student of mine.

Natasha Burns Music

Contact Telephone : 07975 962 191

or email through her website


In the Havant, Waterlooville, Emsworth, Chichester areas -

For Piano and/or Singing (particularly for beginners)

I recommend Louise Russell - a student of mine.

Contact Telephone : 07985 606 670

or email at



Flute, Recorder - both Theory and Playing - Cosham, Portsmouth

Foxy Sounds is a music composition, performance and tuition company owned by Amanda Jane Fox.

Amanda is a teacher, composer, performer/accompanist.

Foxy Sounds

Havant/Emsworth/Hayling Island area - Piano


For beginners &/or younger students up to Grade 5

I recommend a former student of mine

Michael Cairns-Todd of Hayling Island

on 023 9246 1238

Locks Heath, Fareham, Gosport, Portchester, Waterlooville, Cosham, Portsmouth Area - Piano - Music Theory - Singing

For Piano &/or Music Theory &/or Singing lessons

Locks Heath, Fareham, Gosport, Portchester, Waterlooville, Cosham, Swanmore, Portsmouth, Southampton Area -

Piano - Music Theory - Singing

I recommend a former student of mine:-

(How good is he? - well he taught my then 12 year old son!)

Jack Davies - B.Mus (Hons.) R.N.C.o.M.

View info. at Solent Music School

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Chichester/Bognor area - Piano - Classical Guitar

For beginners &/or younger students

I recommend

The Regis School of Music, Bognor

Contact Nina Levtov for piano or Sacha Levtov for classical guitar

46 Sudley Road
Bognor Regis
West Sussex
PO21 1ER
or Tel. 01243 866462

Swanmore/Fareham/Southampton - Percussion - Trumpet


For Trumpet &/or Percussion/Drums tuition

I recommend a current piano student of mine

Matthew Arnold


or e mail


Oxford Area - Brass Instruments


Ivan Best - BA LTCL Dip.ABRSM Dip.Mus

Trumpet and brass instrument tuition (trombone, cornet, flugelhorn, bass, horn, euphonium);

also piano and music theory teaching in Oxford and surrounding areas.