Val Kuznetsov

Val K.

Chicago, IL

About Val K.

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Val teaches: Females 14 to 60
Males 16 to 60
Teaching since: February 2014
Last sign in: Today

Overview

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 Classical, 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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Experience

Voice Teacher and Vocal Coach, Producer

Jan 1999 - Present
Val's Music Studio

Val's Music Studio helps young artists to master their craft and take it to a professional outlet.

Education

MM Vocal Performance/ Vocal Pedagogy

Jan 1996 - Dec 1999
Roosevelt University

Languages Spoken

French, Italian, German

Professional Proficiency

Russian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Crescendo Award

May 1998
Bel Canto Competition, Chicago

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Feb 2009
ASCAP

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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23 Reviews on Val K.

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Michael C. Sep 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. Mar 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. Mar 2, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Val is a fantastic singing instructor.
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Luca Feb 11, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I really liked how he explained the reasons for the exercises. Great person as well.
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Binoy Oct 31, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Great lesson
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John L. Oct 7, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I am a man that started singing lessons with Val about 10 months ago. I feel my voice has greatly improved because of him. He is very talented and knowledgeable, and he could really bring out the best in your voice. I continue to take lessons with him and would highly recommend him. I would rate him 5 stars or higher.
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Randy D. Oct 7, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I was worried about finding the right vocal teacher. I was worried it would cost too much and I wouldn’t see any results. I was hesitant because singing can be a very personal thing and it requires you to trust the teacher. I didn’t know Val. All I saw were these positive reviews so I took a chance. I’m glad I did. From the moment you walk in the door he has a smile on his face and is welcoming. He’s down to earth and really allows you to feel relaxed and to be yourself. He’ll carefully push you to reach your goals and further. After each lesson, I go home motivated and accomplished. He’s compassionate, patient, and is just a really interesting person. I enjoy picking his brain on techniques, the music business, and his views on different songs and artists. Also, overhearing the wide variety of genres other students are singing, while I wait for my lesson, and how he positively interacts with them, just reinforces my understanding of how Val is a great instructor. My bandmate's can hear the improvement in my voice and I can hear it in our studio recordings. I look forward to my future in music and feel lucky to have Val as my teacher.
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Aida Y. Aug 2, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
It was excellent experience! I am very happy for choosing Val as teacher!
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William B. Jul 19, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
The greatest experience I've had with singing.
I was a complete beginner when I came to Val for vocal training, with no experience or any technique. In a very short amount of time he helped me find my voice, taught me all the basics, gave me useful exercises for me to practice on my own, and built a very specific training suited to my voice. All of this in the greatest atmosphere, positive and constructive. He's professional and dedicated. I've accomplished great progress with his help and recommend it to you all. You won't be disappointed.
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frank M. Apr 1, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
We're searching for our own voice, for the greatest version of ourselves. With lifelong experience and his own personal library of exercises hardwired into his brain, Val is the perfect instructor to lead us to the promise land. His ability to dissect what is happening inside our vocal instrument is uncanny, and he packs the ability to translate this to the student effectively. Each lesson is customized to the needs of the student, and he also involves music theory when necessary to better help us understand and visualize the task at hand.

In my time spent with Val, I have seen week to week improvements both as a singer and as a song writer. I am grateful to have connected with Val as I am excelling in my craft each day and taking the steps to reach the potential he sees in me as a vocalist and musician.