Valerie Cisler co-authored the Composition Book series for Alfred Music Publishing as part of Alfred's Basic Piano Library. Her latest book, Technique for the Advancing Pianist, with Maurice Hinson, was released in June 2004.
Dr. Cisler is an active performer, author, clinician and adjudicator. She has premiered many works at state, regional and national conferences throughout the U.S., including the MTNA National Conference, Washington, D.C. and the College Music Society International Conference, University of Costa Rica-San Jose. She is currently on the roster for the Nebraska Arts Council Touring Artist Program.
Her research activities have led to a major grant from the Nebraska Humanities Council, poster session at the 2000 MTNA Conference in Minneapolis, and election as Fellow to the NU Center for Great Plains Studies. Her DMA document, The Piano Sonatas of Robert Muczynski, was selected for inclusion in the permanent collection of The Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin.
In 1993, Dr. Cisler received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma, where she studied with Edward Gates, E.L. Lancaster and Jane Magrath. Dr. Cisler's previous teaching experience includes a three-year faculty appointment at Eastern New Mexico University. She joined the faculty of the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1994, where she teaches applied and class piano, directs the piano pedagogy program, and serves as Professor and Chair for the Department of Music & Performing Arts. Dr. Cisler is a member of the Society for American Music, College Music Society, Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Nebraska Music Teachers Association, and holds National Certification with MTNA.