Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 14
Rated 5 out of 5
by Valerie A Winning Combination
About a year ago, actually 13 months, I began voice training with Daniel Kotval. This is not my first go-round with voice training. During the twenty-or-so years I was studying and performing as a dancer I also studied voice…on and off. All told, I worked with five instructors who used a wide variety of teaching styles and techniques but I never felt that any of them gave me any really useful tools. I never felt that any of them truly taught me how to use my voice properly, to achieve the best results and avoid injury.
That was many years ago. In the interim, I’ve done plenty of singing – mostly for my own entertainment – but there’s been little improvement in the quality of my voice. I’m not certain what it was that made me suddenly decide it was time to work with a professional voice coach but decide, I did.
Once I’d discovered TakeLessons.com (the top result of my Google search for voice lessons in my zip code), Daniel was the obvious choice. We share Columbia College Chicago as an alma mater, and when I saw that he’d been on the faculty that was all the credentials I needed to see…and I was not wrong.
In addition to teaching the mechanics of proper breathing, posture and of course singing, Daniel places strong emphasis on music theory. You’d be amazed at how helpful it is to understand the theories behind everything; it makes all the knowledge crystalize so much faster!
As a teacher, Daniel is endlessly patient and supportive, always inspiring me to push ahead even when I feel frustrated. His teaching techniques work well for any student of any age at any level of experience, from rank beginner to accomplished professional, and voice training is not all that Daniel does. He teaches piano, guitar and bass, percussion and brass, and much more. A few months ago, we added piano to my curriculum. I’ve learned more from him in one year than I learned from five instructors over a period of many years, combined.
So far as I’m concerned it’s a winning combination: voice, piano, music theory, and Maestro Daniel Kotval.
May 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by DanB Perfect teacher for the passionate student
I've been taking lessons with Daniel for a few months now, and I have thoroughly enjoyed and grew from each lesson. If you're serious about making music for fun or professionally, he's the teacher for you.
What I like most is how he creates a beneficial and serious learning environment that's still incredibly fun and positive. After a few lessons we were already playing songs together, and he's taught me a more effective way to practice on my own, which was a major problem for me.
As soon as you meet Daniel, you can tell how passionate he is about his craft, and if you display your own passion for music, you will work great together, and you WILL progress. I highly recommend him!
February 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Zhou He is a great teacher for a old lady!
Daniel is a very good teacher. He is very patient, knowledgable, and experienced. He has a good approach to teach elderly to play piano.
February 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by BobTheSlob There are those who teach out of necessity, and those who teach out of passion
I'm taking music theory and composition lessons from Daniel to supplement what I already know from composing by ear. He's an excellent teacher, very enthusiastic about teaching the material, and extremely knowledgable. I feel like I've learned a ton so far and we're not even close to done yet! Highly recommended.
November 21, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by KarenS1 Katelyn is really enjoying her lessons, her practices are self directed. She responds well to her instruction. We are very pleased.
May 11, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by ValerieL It works!!!
Daniel presents a wonderful combination of intensity and nurturing. It's quite inspiring being coached by him.
March 21, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by FangxiZ A good teacher
Daniel is a very patient and knowledgable teacher. He has great passion on music.
March 2, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Glory/Princei FEEDBACK
Mr Daniel is a very articulate,patient and has great amount of knowledge in his craft.He is very professional in his work.
January 8, 2012