During her time working and studying in New York City, Valentine developed a passion for teaching music to her colleagues and friends. What started off as passing along tidbits of theory knowledge to her coworkers during recording sessions quickly developed into taking on students for private lessons in classical piano, music theory, song writing, and recording technology. She loves teaching and connecting with musicians of all levels and backgrounds, and believes the best way to get through to her students is to figure out how they learn and what gets them excited! Whether it is diving into the intricacies of music notation or learning how to play by ear, Valentine lives for the “ah-ha!” moments when something clicks for her students and she gets to experience their passion and joy for music with them.
Valentine Byrne is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and audio engineer currently residing in San Diego. Studying intensive classical piano for over 20 years, she holds a B.A. in Music Theory & Composition from New York University. She has been fortunate enough to personally study under acclaimed Romanian conductor and composer, Dr. Dinu Ghezzo, as well as Dr. Tae Hong Park of NYU and Dr. Kay Etheridge of USD.
After finishing her degree, Valentine transitioned to more contemporary music, mentoring under veteran producer J. Chris Griffin at Engine Room Audio. Valentine was able to gain invaluable experience at this renowned recording studio as a session musician, ghostwriter, and audio engineer while personally working with several Grammy-nominated artists. She has graced the stages of some of the most famous venues in NYC including Le Poisson Rouge, House of Yes, Arlene's Grocery, Rockwood Music Hall and The Bowery Electric. Valentine wrote, recorded, produced, mixed and performed all of the instruments (bass, synths, guitar, drums, piano) and vocals on her debut solo EP Baby On a Wall set to be released April of 2021.