My name is Val Kuznetsov and I am an expert in teaching voice. I have been enjoying helping singers and musicians for over 15 years and so very proud to have clients who have already climbed to #1 on Billboard charts and are successfully developing their careers with major labels such as Columbia Records and Warner Brothers.
Besides teaching voice, I have an extensive expertise in instructing piano, music theory and ear training. I also teach sound production at Harold Washington College, and have experience in orchestration and arrangement using a variety of software like Pro Tools, Cubase, etc... I work with a variety of domestic and international talents, composers, musicians and bands, and help them to further their projects to the new heights.
My teaching philosophy is based upon an individual approach. I assist my students w
ith discovering their artistic potential and guide them to overcome obstacles to make the most of their training. I provide my students with the technique that would last them a lifetime and build up skills that are necessary for a successful career.
I have established connections in the music industry and keep expanding my networks, so that I can best help my students to find the best platforms for further development of their careers.
I welcome motivated students who would dedicate their focus on polishing their craft to the highest standard in a great learning environment! So, 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/or bring your skills to the next level!
I am currently based in Chicago, but I have coached and performed in the past in Moscow, Paris, Barcelona, Dubai and New York. I base my technical approach in classical school, while effectively applying it to a wide variety of musical genres including Pop, R&B, JAZZ, Rock, Musical Theatre, and Gospel.
*** 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.
I am a professional singer, songwriter and actor working in the Chicago area for many years. I have a B.F.A. in Theater/Voice from The University of Kansas and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago. I've been teaching private vocal instruction since 2003: I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, a unique and supportive venue for singer's to become more comfortable performing before an audience. I also instruct workshops for vocal technique and performance. For 10 years I was the lead singer for The Red Apples, an acoustic/electric roots band that performed an eclectic mix of rock, swing, blues, country and jazz. Within the past year I have re-energized my theater and cabaret career, appearing at Davenport's Cabaret, in a new solo show, as well as productions at Big Noise Theater and Stage 773. I've also completed tw
o short films and started working on my own web series, about my life as a singer/voice teacher. I also have an art song project consisting of original material with composer Jaroslaw Golembiowski. As a singer and actress I have performed with many major theaters in the Chicago area, including Court Theater, Victory Gardens, National Jewish Theater, Bailiwick Theater, and Prop Theater.
*** Lesson Details *** As a classically trained singer I will instruct you in all aspects of singing technique, from breath control and support to improving your tone, range, flexibility and resonance. I have recently completed training in Somatic Voicework, The LoVetri Method, which has enriched my understanding of the mechanics and health of the voice, as well as applications of technique to CCM or contemporary musical styles of singing. My familiarity with a variety of musical styles from pop/rock, R&B, and country, to musical theater, lounge and jazz makes me an ideal teacher for those interested in contemporary styles.
I have spent many years developing my own style of singing and instruction. I draw on my experiences and training not only in music, but theater and movement, (Linklater, Alexander Technique, Grotowski) to create a well rounded approach to singing and performing. As an instructor, I am most interested in helping students find their true voice and artistic style. I teach students to find expression through and with a foundation of technique, rather then in spite of it. I also am very interested in helping students deal with the mental/emotional aspects of performance, an all important area so frequently ignored by music teachers. My style is nurturing, yet disciplined, and sprinkled liberally with good-natured humor."
*** Studio Equipment *** My studio space is fully equipped with a piano, P.A. system with microphones, CD, MP3 player for tracks, and ability to record lessons if the student desires.
*** Travel Equipment *** Please have a piano (in tune!) or keyboard for use in your in home lessons.
*** Specialties *** I am classically trained, but I am very adept at teaching music in a wide variety of styles, including most contemporary styles of music including pop/rock, roots, swing, jazz and blues, country, r&b, and of course musical theater and cabaret. My band performs an eclectic mix of originals and covers in the roots rock genre, and I write music as well. I have many years of experience in the theater as an actress, and I coach acting technique and performance. I coach singer/songwriters, and all types of singers, of all ages. I have a workshop that specializes in helping people learn to perform better in front of an audience, and I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, which is a supportive opportunity to perform regularly! I also coach bands, to improve their vocals, harmonies, etc.
I couldn’t recommend Wendy enough. No matter what walk of life you come from, she’ll find a way to connect with you and help you reach your goal. I’m already seeing improvements and can’t wait to go back every week.
September 5, 2019
March 17, 2019
Very helpful and focused on what needed to be worked on. Will definitely be looking forward to working with her again!
BA, University of Pittsburgh, Music MA DePaul University, Jazz Performance
I have over 10 years of teaching experience. I loved every one of them. I do consider myself a passionate educator and a patient instructor. I had been blessed to have received masterful instruction from brilliant, warm teachers in my own training and so I do understand firsthand the value in kind and passionate education.
My theory of practice is to build a lesson plan with each student individually. A major goal for me is to present information in a way that can empower the student to identify their own interests. Ultimately we'll get to a place where the student can persue their growth independently.
Music is a very personal journey. To recognize it as such is the first victory.
My bio: Jim is a pianist/instructor who is based in the greater Chicag
oland area. Jim began his professional performing career since he was sixteen when he started playing the city's finest clubs. Jim has performed with seasoned greats such as: Ira Sullivan, Mark Whitfeild, Cladio Roditi, Donald Harrison, Antonio Hart, Jimmy Owens, Abe Laboriel, Rodger Humphries, Cecil Bridgewater, Yotam Silberstein, Ron Affif, Alexander King, and John Moulder. His debut album "Explosion" is out on Delmark Records features columbia recording artist Frank Catalano and jazz legend Richie Cole . Jim's second album, "Blue Skies," is also on Delmark records and features two legends of jazz Ira Sullivan and Roger Humphries. He has studied under two Art Blakey Jazz Messenger Alumni: Dr Nathan Davis--who's performed with everyone from Herbie Hancock to Benny Golson; and Dr. Leon Lee Dorsey who was an active member of Lional Hampton's big band for several years, recorded with the likes of Freddie Hubbard and is an active member of Hilton Cruiz's trio. Jim is the recipient of the Pitt-Mellon BNY jazz scholarship for outstanding performance and composition. As a composer Jim has had quite a volume of original material spanning a wide array of styles performed by musicians such as PSO members (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), and Pittsburgh-based Alia Musica. Jim's expertise spans classical--both old and modern, Jazz--both old and modern, modern popular styles such as rock, hip-hop, funk; and the intersections of these three camps, classical, jazz, and popular styles, which seem to be the direction of the 21st century.
*** Lesson Details *** Beginning to professional jazz piano, and basic musicianship piano ---beginning Reading and notating music, ---basic Tone recognition and sight singing and ear training ---basic to advanced Technical Facility--this includes right and left hand independence and rhythmic dexterity, fluid technique
*** Specialties *** basic piano musicianship including: reading and notating music, piano technique and coordination; jazz piano, jazz improvisation for piano or players of any instrument with sufficient technical facility, ear training, piano technique, a wide range of advanced theory, composition, jazz history
James has been friendly, helpful and very knowledgable. My daughter wanted to quit before meeting James. She has some experience but has a ways to go and I think James is just the guy to help her get there!...WITH a smile on her face!
Andrew began playing cello in the public school system. He earned his Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Arizona State University, where he studied with Thomas Landschoot, and his Master of Music with distinction from DePaul University with former assistant principal of the Chicago Symphony Stephen Balderston. He has performed in masterclasses for a diverse array of artists, including Andres Diaz, Bernard Greenhouse, Phillipe Muller, and Menahem Pressler, as well as the St. Lawrence, Orion, and Brentano String Quartets.
Andrew has played with the Illinois Symphony, Rockford Symphony, Southwest Michigan Symphony, and Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and maintains an active teaching and performing schedule in the Chicago area.
Andrew recently completed his Book 1 Suzuki Method teacher certification with Barbara Wampner at the Chicago S
uzuki Institute, where he had the privilege of observing and learning from a diverse group of students and teachers.
He is also a coffee enthusiast and enjoys visiting Chicago's many unique coffee shops. In warmer weather, he can be seen biking on the lakeshore path and exploring Chicago's many diverse neighborhoods.
Andrew is incredibly professional and patient. He's great at communicating with the parent and the student. He is very patient and even-keeled which worked wonders with my anxiety-prone son. Andrew has inspired him to achieve more than we ever thought possible and more importantly has instilled the gift of a life long passion in the cello. Highly recommend.
August 16, 2016
Andrew is calm and very patient teacher. I started the cello from a scratch with him and now I can play scales and some pieces. He plays beautifully and he knows what has to be done to improve my cello playing. I will recommend Andrew for anyone who wishes to play the cello!
I have degrees in both music and education. I also have 35 years experience in both teaching and performance. My concentrations are guitar, piano, harmonica, and voice. Teaching children and adults is very rewarding to me.
*** Lesson Details *** Our lessons will be geared toward your interest with a healthy dash of Music Theory.
*** Studio Equipment *** Acoustic, Nylon-String, and Electric Guitars; Amps; Piano.
I have both a Bachelors and Masters degree in music education in addition to extensive professional clarinet performance experience and enjoy teaching the clarinet. I am a Grammy nominated Music Educator and encourage students to explore classical and popular styles in lessons.
If there is a special time request that is not currently available please reach out. I've taught very beginners to helping adults land successful military band auditions. Am a certified music Educator with a K-12 endorsement in music in IL.
Corey was a great instructor for my 4th grader. We wanted him to keep up with his clarinet lessons over Summer break. My son gets very easily frustrated when he struggles and Corey handled it all very well, always giving a new suggestion on what he could do to improve. In just 5 short lessons, Corey helped my son with his embouchure, finger placement, tounging and my son was finally able to play his B and C notes. That had really been holding him back from playing lots of music. Highly recommended!
April 3, 2017
Mr. Ames has been one of my favorite teachers during my time at LA. He is always willing to listen and help his students if they go to him. He is passionate about teaching, his main goal is to help his students succeed in whatever way he can. He always tries to make a fun and worthwhile experience everyone should appreciate the great teacher that he is.
April 3, 2017
Mr. Ames is an amazing teacher! He helped me land a spot in the all district band my freshman year in high school and constantly pushed me to strive and be my best. I highly recommend him for anyone that is looking to have fun and be a better clarinet player.
My name is Brad, I’m a professional improviser who trained and worked with “The Second City” for 3 years. Now I do musical theater along with stand up comedy and teaching improv to kids with CYT (Christian Youth Theater). I’ve been doing improv comedy for 8 years and musical theater for 13 years! I’ve played roles such as: Alex the Lion in Madagascar Mr. warbucks in Annie Bert in Mary Poppins Roger in Rent William Barfee in Putnam spelling bee Beast in Beauty and the Beast Bobby Strong in Urinetown The Cat in The Hat in Suessical And most recently Jesus in Godspell!
If you have any questions please let me know! I’m looking forward to working with you!
Brad was really well prepared for the lesson. He took the time to understand the goals and gave helpful feedback afterwards.
July 7, 2019
Brad was really fun to work with, has a true teaching gift, and taught a huge amount of information in a small amount of time.
July 3, 2019
I’ve gone to Brad before the last 3 auditions I did and he has helped tremendously. He’s very knowledgeable when it comes to understanding a monologue. Brad cares about this art form and thinks far beyond just saying lines with an emotion and it shows. I highly recommend you ask him for help on your next audition.
I am a graduate of 11 years in the Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College's Suzuki Program for viola. I graduated from College of DuPage with an AGS, focused on choral music, acting, and creative writing and poetry. I’m passionate about all of the arts, and want to share music with our future generations!
Tutoring students while a junior in high school, I focused mainly on preparing students for IMEA, or supplementary sessions between their private lessons with another teacher, preparing for recitals and concerts.
Now, join me for lessons whether you want to learn viola, or maybe even violin, if you are a beginner, wanting to learn the Suzuki method, intermediate, looking for a little extra edge, or even learn to compose your own music!
I teach in your home, or mine! Convenience and comfort; it is all about community!
personal passion is improvisation, and playing viola for me is like writing a story or journal entry when you just cannot seem to find the written or spoken language to express it all!
"Cara is patient and helps you even when you don't understand she makes sure you does. She also helps you out with questions so make sure you have a list a
questions to ask because she can help you better. It's my 3rd lesson and I'm singing very comfortably."
"Dena is a wonderful teacher. My daughter who is now eight has been taking piano lessons for over a year. In that time my daughter can not only read and
play, but now has a real appreciation for instrumental music. Dena is a very patient and thorough in communicating both theory and technic to children. It is not difficult to see that her education and professional experience enable her to effectively teach music to young minds. She is an exceptional teacher!!"
"Today, Paul saw what I am lacking and was able to come up with a way that will help me improve perpetually and swiftly."
"My daughter really enjoyed the lesson and looks forward to future lessons."
"Mike has a deep love and appreciation for music with an eagerness to share, educate and help direct the next generation of aspiring drummers. He is an equ
ally nice guy with the patience to teach the most beginner of novices and knowledgable enough to refine a seasoned drummer."
"Tailored the lesson perfectly to the music we were trying to learn. Highly recommend!"
"Professional, responsible, and analytical. Adam is flexible and takes constructive criticism like a champ. As a music fan of local music, I hired him Adam
after seeing one of his performances and he has never disappointed me. He is kind and accepting and an exceptional teacher - great listening skills, very compassionate, and completely non-judgmental. Adam kept me motivated through the challenges of a new beginner at guitar to get me to where I am today. He supported me to not be hard on myself and pushed me to grow. Adam has the unique set of interpersonal skills to excel in the music teacher field. I would recommend him to any student!"
"Charlie is the best piano teacher I have worked with. In just two months of taking lessons with him, I have learned myriads of info about music, theory, j
azz, blues, and the classics. Being under his tutelage is truly an honor and he is patient with me even when I don't practice (Although I must say he's a real stickler for that). I would recommend anyone to him with a desire for music whether you are 5 or 55."
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