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Val K.

Chicago, IL

Songwriting is one of my biggest passion, so I keep pushing my students to create their original work rather then copying other artists.
I've helped a vast number of singers to write their first song and assisted them to find a way to record it.

About Val

Whether you are an experienced musician or just in the beginning of your educational journey, I perhaps, can help you to advance you potentials and bring your skills to the next level.

First and foremost I am an expert in teaching voice. Not many teachers in Chicago have clients that are currently topping Billboard charts and get signed by major record labels. I do!!!

I taught in Paris, Barcelona, Dubai and New York and have an extensive experience in working with a wide variety of musical genres including Pop, R&B, JAZZ, Rock, Country, Musical Theatre, Gospel and last but not least Clas
sical, which I can proudly can call my background.

Not only I have been continually developing my own art of coaching and excellence of teaching music to others, but also making much needed connections in the music industry. I am selective who I work with, but I do give a career advice and try to match talent with the best opportunities as they come.

Furthermore, I have a strong expertise in teaching piano, music theory, ear training, orchestration and arrangement.
As a working studio producer myself I have been tutoring a number of domestic and international singers, artists, musicians and bands, and have been helping them to further their projects and careers.

My teaching philosophy revolves around an individual approach. I assist my students with help on discovering their artistic potential and guide them to overcome obstacles to make the most of their training. I provide my students with technique that will last them a lifetime and build up skills that are necessary for a successful career. Not only I nurture my students' natural talents and train them to reach their musical goals. but also persuade them to expand their networks in order to get where they want to be. I welcome motivated and gifted students who would dedicate their focus on polishing their craft to the highest standard in a great learning environment!

*** Lesson Details ***
Convenient location, great studio, fun working atmosphere.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, CD/Tape recorders, Copier/Printer, Stereo and Recording Equipment, Music Library, Internet, Humidifier, Mics and Amplifier, Fridge, Coffee Machine, Fresh-Filtered Water, A/C

*** Specialties ***
Voice and Vocal Coaching: Pop, Musical Theatre, Classical, JAZZ, Soul, R'N'B, Rock. Theory of Music, Ear-Training, Piano.
Sight-Reading Technique, Studio Recording, Russian Classical Repertoire, Russian Diction.
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Michael C. September 6, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
For those who are interested in learning piano, and composition, I highly receommend Val. As a insturctor who is very skillful, responsbile, yet has a decency and caring heart. He will adjust to your comfortable level of education with a practical advices and sometimes assignments. Coming from very competetive Russian educational background, he understands a hardship and competetive nature. However, he is one of the few instructors who knows a good balance between a compsure and focused trainning. Having said that, I took a quite short lesson with him due to a limited time, however, I did feel productive and fun with his time. If you are determined to learn, I can tell you he would be the best choice!
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Shelley Z. March 4, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Val is an amazing teacher! He is fun, patient and really knows how to explain things to you. He's very flexible as well in terms of scheduling and is all around a pleasure to work with. Highly recommend!
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Binoy B. March 2, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Val is a fantastic singing instructor.
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Val K.

Val K.

Chicago, IL 60605
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$35 / 30-min
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Dave K.

Palos Heights, IL

I have been writing and composing music since the age of 14. I believe that songwriting, arranging, and creative expression is an essential part of learning to play any musical instrument. Once you get the basics of your instrument down, my curriculum begins to focus more on analysis of your favorite songs, the necessary music theory, and the creative process involved in composing and arranging your own music.

About Dave

Dave K. began playing guitar at the age of 10. His influences include Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Guthrie Govan, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny and Scott Henderson. At the age of 17 he began teaching private guitar and bass lessons to classmates from his neighborhood high school. It was through this initial experience with teaching that he realized he wanted to make music education his career. Since then he has taught private guitar and bass lessons at Naperville Music, Rossi Music, Horizon Music, and the Plainfield School of Music. In addit
ion, he has taught orchestra, guitar, and jazz band at Rolling Meadows High School.
In 2000 Dave graduated from the University of Northern Illinois with a degree in jazz and classical guitar where he studied with world-renowned fusion guitarist Fareed Haque. In addition, Dave has studied guitar with some of the best guitar players in the world including Dave Uhrich and Andy Timmons.

In 2003-2009, he produced and played guitar in the Chicago based hard rock group Disonic. In 2007, Disonic singed to Darkstar Records and released the E.P. The Value of Truth. The Value of Truth was distributed in the USA and Japan. In addition, it was distributed digitally world wide on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.

In 2009 he attended VanderCook College of Music and earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education. Currently, Dave is playing bass in the Chicago rock group I Decline and guitar in the Dave K. Group. This year, Dave is releasing his first solo instrumental guitar album under his own name. In addition, he continues to teach rock, jazz and classical guitar and bass in the Chicago area.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a private music instructor for the past 15 years, I personally have been granted the opportunity to teach a wide variety of music students. I have taught students ranging in age from 6 to 65. I have taught students from various ethnic and economic backgrounds. I have taught students with various physical, emotional, and learning disabilities. Regardless of the situation, I have always approached each lesson with the idea that every student deserves my best efforts as a teacher. This is because I believe that everyone, regardless of age, cultural heritage, ability, or financial circumstance deserve the opportunity to participate in the best music experiences possible.

I believe that everyone has the ability to learn to play a musical instrument and achieve success on it if they possess the desire to do so. This is because music is a vital part of the human experience. Music has the ability to turn ordinary life experiences into extraordinary ones. Think of everyday events such as: waking up in the morning, commuting to and from work or school, going through the work or school day, going to dinner with a friend or loved one, going to a sporting event,watching a movie or television show, or working out at the gym. Now, picture what these everyday events would be like without the presence of music. Without music, these experiences would be extremely dull and we as human beings would not be able to full appreciate the wonderful moments in our lives.

​As a music educator, my promise is to guide my students through the journey of learning to play music so they can experience the joy that it brings into their lives and the lives of others. I promise to help my students realize their full musical potential. I will always treat each student equally with fairness and respect, provide the best possible atmosphere for their growth, and recognize that each student is unique in how they learn and grow.

Lesson Topics Include
Music reading (Tablature, rhythmic notation, and standard notation)
Technical mastery of the instrument (Proper left and right hand technique, chords, scales, arpeggios, etc...)
Rhythm and counting
Repertoire (chosen by the individual student with the aid of the teacher)
Songwriting/Composition
Improvisation
Music business
Recording techniques​

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender 2012 Jeff Beck Stratocaster
Fender 1992 Standard Stratocaster
1980 Gibson Flying V
1994 Washburn N4
2005 Washburn X50PROF
1996 Washburn HB 35
Fender 1965 Twin Reverb Amp
MacBook Pro loaded with Pro Tools, Finale, Garageband, Live, Guitar Pro 6, Band in a Box

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar and materials. Student should also have guitar and materials

*** Specialties ***
I am able to teach all styles of music but specialize in all forms of Rock, Jazz, Blues, and Classical
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Jack November 15, 2016
Banjo · In studio
Dave has increased my banjo skills greatly since I started taking lessons.
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Sam L. June 27, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient with beginners!
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Renard L. January 29, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Dave's teaching style made me feel at ease and I found my first class informative, and, very inspiring.
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Dave K.

Dave K.

Palos Heights, IL 60463
(14)
starting at
$24 / 30-min
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Margo L.

Chicago, IL

No matter the genre, my songwriting techniques are guaranteed to help you write hit after hit. We can write to tracks or with no music at all. Either way, I will assist you in constructing melodies, lyrics and content that will be a sure win!

About Margo

Are you ready to fall in love with your voice? Do you want to have fun while doing so? If your voice isn’t becoming to you, YOU should be coming to ME! No bells, no whistles, just GUARANTEED RESULTS.

I have been the private vocal coach for multiple contestants on American Idol, America's Got Talent, The Voice and several other vocal competitions spanning over 10 countries. I also train business owners, salespeople and those who are simply terrified to present themselves in the art of public speaking.

This is NOT your average coaching session! This is for those who are ready to finally
overcome the world’s #1 fear: PUBLIC PERFORMANCE.
Get ready to present yourself, business, product or service with confidence, personality and effectiveness.

My lighthearted and humorous approach to seemingly stressful situations, especially in the public performance sector, have made me a highly sought-after coach for one-on-one and group training.

My approach is designed to train and condition the entire body as an instrument, not just the oral portion of the voice. My 5-octave vocal range makes allows me to easily instruct my students in developing their whistle register. I have been trained in (and teach) Classical, Appoggio, jazz/improv, Seth Riggs' speech-level singing and other methodologies of singing and speaking.

My method of assessing and meeting the needs of each student enables me to assist them in bringing out the very best in their capabilities. If you desire quality, effectiveness and noticeable improvement in your singing, writing, public speaking or overall performance, I am the coach for you!
Whether you are a beginner or professional, I make sure that you are comfortable and have a great time while learning. I am flexible with your needs so feel free to let me know what you want from your lessons and we can work towards your goal to your satisfaction.

Not only am I a coach, I’m a professional singer and public speaker, so I utilize and perfect my own techniques on a regular basis. I have the privilege of being a classically-trained pianist and vocalist, having studied at Sherwood Conservatory of Music, Vandercook College of Music, The Second City, University of Chicago, ETA Performing Arts Center and many other fine institutions.

Children love working with me because I make learning fun and they have a high retention rate of the techniques that I teach them. I am easygoing, funny and offer a minimalist, casual and relaxed environment for everyone. My adult students have a blast because our lessons feel more like a friendly visit with lighthearted humor.

*** Specialties ***
Pitch Correction
Whistle Register Development
Vocal Physiology
Overcoming Performance Anxiety
Accent Reduction
Repertoire Selection
Concert and Competition Preparation
Public Speaking
Physical Maintenance of the Vocal Instrument
Overcoming Speech Impediments
Stage Movement
Studio Recording Techniques
Songwriting
Image Development
Vocal Range Enhancement
Post-surgical re-immersion
Students with autism, down syndrome and speech impediments

Group classes are also available.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is tailor-made to suit the student's individual needs. Custom action plan will be given to each student on a case-by-case basis. No instruments are used in my lessons, as I train the voice to be a standalone instrument.
I am available 24 hours a day for online coaching and as early as 7:00 am CST for in-person sessions.

*Please note that 15-minute sessions are ONLY available online. In-person sessions must be a minimum of 30 minutes. 46 minute option is ONLY for 7:30 am Early Bird lessons at my Yale Avenue location Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 61-minute sessions are ONLY available for groups of 3 or more people in the same class session. The reduced rate is PER PERSON. Please contact me to inquire about when these sessions are available if you don't have at least 2 additional people to accompany you.

Online Disclaimer:
If you choose online lessons, please make sure that your system is functioning properly, that you know how to use the platform, that you have a good internet connection and that you are logged in on time, as no concessions will be made for technical difficulties.

Timing Disclaimer:
Our time together is very valuable. If you are not on time for your session, the missed portion will not be made up at the end of the session. If I am not on time, I will make up the missed portion at the end of the session or alternate agreed-upon time. No exceptions or make-up sessions will be made for illness, weather, transportation issues (including car trouble), or any other short-notice reason. Rescheduled lessons must be made a minimum of 48 hours in advance and must be made up within the calendar week of the original lesson. If it is not made up within that week, it will still count as a paid session and cannot be made up at a later time.
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Gwen M. August 24, 2016
Gospel Singing · In studio
Verified Student
If you want someone fun, knowledgeable , encouraging and spiritually nurturing. Margo is the one for you. Time goes so fast. I feel that just this first week, she started me in the right direction and I will very soon be on my way to a stronger and more effective signing voice.
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Absalom B. July 1, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She has one job and she nails it, simply amazing
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Paris A. February 29, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Amazing
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Margo L.

Margo L.

Chicago, IL 60628
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starting at
$49.99 / 61-min
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Owen B.

Chicago, IL

Writing music brings me more joy than anything else I do with music. Song writing, like anything else, is a skill that can be developed. Everyone has a little creativity in them, the trick is to learn how to unleash it!

About Owen

I am a university trained guitarist whose goal is to pass my love for music down to my students. Most of my students, whether child or adult, start as absolute beginners. Some have gone on to win auditions in collegiate music programs, while others simply gain the ability to play their favorite songs. I have become the guitarist I am today because my teachers kept me inspired and having fun from the very beginning. Passing this on means each lesson entails a balance of playing, listening, technique, stories, and laughs!
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Pam November 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I enjoyed my first lesson with Owen. He was a good listener and he tailored the lesson to what interested in. I look forward to more.
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JoAnn T. November 12, 2016
Blues Guitar · Online
Verified Student
It was a good first session. Owen seems to be very patient,reassuring and positive. I enjoyed his instruction.
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Nicholas W. June 23, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He does a good job of explaining his expectations and is is great with kids.
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Owen B.

Chicago, IL 60647
(19)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Nick G.

Chicago, IL

Lessons from a working multi-platinum selling composer and music producer! Classically trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music I can teach you how to create music that will launch or bring success to your career! I have composed and produced over 15 albums selling millions worldwide spending a 55 consecutive week run on the Billboard charts. I have owned my own label distributed exclusively by Warner Music Group / ADA representing over 75 artist and several hundred titles. As a current and active voting member of The Grammy's, my experience affords you, the student, unprecedented access to becoming a working and successful recording artist, composer and musician! Let's get started....

About Nick

Lessons from a working multi-platinum selling composer and music producer! Classically trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music Nick can teach you how to create music that will launch or bring success to your career! Nick G., also known as world music artist Nicholas G., is a Yamaha sponsored artist who has written and self produced over 15 albums selling millions worldwide achieving 55 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Charts. His warm and and nurturing approach towards students as well as his ability to explain techniques in a simple and accessible manner make him an exceptional t
eacher. His songwriting, engineering and production skills are unparalleled amongst his peers and he is a proven / verifiable figure in the world of music on an international and highly respected level.

His music has been licensed and used by numerous companies such as Discovery Channel, Wynn Resorts, Universal, Sea World, Chrysler, Mercedes Benz, Bose Audio to name a few.

He currently produces and composes for the Electronic Dance Music act (We Are) Nexus who have received two iTunes top 100 dance and Billboard charting singles in their first two years. TakeLesson's recently published this article by Nick titled "15 Things You Must Do to Make it in the Music Industry": http://bit.ly/1LNR0J4

Nick is a long time voting member of NARAS, The Grammy’s, and is currently active within the Chicago Chapter.

In Nick's lessons you will learn:
– Conceptualizing and choosing the right song
– Lyric writing, top line melody and song construction
– Working with vocals and vocalists
– Laying the foundation for a successful song
– Recording all the elements, making the right choices
– Working with DAW’s (Digital Audio Workstations) and how to get the most out of your tools
– Mixing, effect processing and learning objectivity
– Mastering and finalizing your project
– Exposure, getting your track heard. The do’s and don'ts of the music industry
– Follow up. Keep producing and creating from what you have learned. I can be a valuable team member for you and add you to my business network.
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Ryan November 19, 2016
Arrangement and Composition · In studio
Verified Student
I have been taking lessons from Nick for a few weeks now, and he has great insight into building songs from the bottom up. Along with the technical aspect, he really helps you with the process of turning a rough idea into a polished track. I'm looking forward to continuing lessons with Nick!
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Nicole May 26, 2016
Arrangement and Composition · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson. Looking forward to the next one.
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Solveig Whittle October 21, 2015
Arrangement and Composition · Online
Verified Student
Great critical feedback! Very professional and direct - no fluff.
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Nick G.

Nick G.

Chicago, IL 60607
(16)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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