ValeriaValeria Diaz is an active concert pianist, collaborative pianist and a dedicated music mentor. Dr. Diaz currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Austin Community College. She provides instructions in American Music, Piano Class and Applied Piano courses. Dr. Diaz is an exceptional educator who brings her enthusiasm, love and many years of expertise to her classes. Her students excel at playing with excellent technique, expression and feeling. One of Dr. Diaz’s main goals is to inspire the love of music making, teaching students how to use creatively the semantics of the music language.

Dr. Diaz holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Texas Tech University. She also earned degrees at the University of Florida, College of Charleston and the National Conservatory in Lima, Peru. She has served as faculty at Charleston Academy of Music, Markham College, National Conservatory of Music, Orpheus Academy of Music, Texas Tech University and University of Florida. She currently belongs to the Music National Teacher Association, where she has presented her doctoral research lecture and recital based on “The unique mix of Peruvian folk elements with Western techniques of the 20th-Century.”

As a solo pianist, she has been a featured soloist on numerous occasions with Lima (Peru), Perugia (Italy) and Texas Tech Symphony Orchestras. She is an active collaborator of Chamber Music Ensembles and an advocate of SOFIA, Foundation for the Arts in Toluca, Mexico.
Over the course of her career, Dr. Diaz has worked with hundreds of students in private lessons, masterclasses, musicianship classes, chamber music sessions and concerts. With the SOFIA foundation for the Arts, she is organizing an international piano festival and competition that will take place every summer in Toluca, Mexico.

In her free time, Dr. Diaz enjoys hiking, dancing, cooking, traveling and reading psychology books on human learning.