Val Kuznetsov
Chicago, IL
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Val Kuznetsov

Val K.

Chicago, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My experience in teaching music performance is vast and solid. I've been working with a variety of collectives and genres for over 15 years and most of my students are very successful performers.

About Val K.

My name is Val 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 with 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.

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Maurice
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Has adapted well to my unorthodox & rebellious learning style.... Definitely feeling the support

Posted May 26, 2020
Mike N.
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I'm a beginner and Val was very patient. He started me out with some great basics for me to practice and enforced that I should make it fun!

Posted Feb 22, 2020
Bruce

Awesome experience, very much impressed by Val's knowledge and his kind personality.

Posted Dec 27, 2019
Jae H.
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Val is a great instructor and very personable. I felt a great connection from our first meeting and I’m excited to see the progress we'll make together!

Posted Dec 10, 2019
Mike

Val has been such an amazing teacher. He knows everything and then some when it comes to the voice. He is unbelievably encouraging, passionate, and accommodating.

Posted Sep 30, 2019
Logan A.
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Just had my first lesson with Val! What a fun and knowledgeable experience! Cant wait to continue this journey with him!

Posted Aug 22, 2019
Josh F.
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Really enjoyed my first lesson, looking forward to seeing how the next few weeks go.

Posted Aug 22, 2019
Chris J.
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Awesome looking forward to many more this val!

Posted Apr 16, 2019
Mary
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Val is amazing! He helped me achieve breath control and resonance with voice drills. He is a wizard on the piano - can transcribe any song into different keys. Lastly he is an encouraging coach and tutor and can help you get to the next level if you want it. I highly recommend.

Posted Jul 18, 2018
Monika J.
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Loved my first lesson! Val gets right to the good stuff in getting my vocals warmed up and by the end I felt I made some real progress! I’m pumped for the next one!

Posted Dec 31, 2017
Mary K.
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Val is the best music teacher ever! He is patient, professional, fun, and a great friend. Val's advice and life expereince extends across all areas of life, not just the music industry- of which he is very knowledgeable. I highly recommend working with Val if you're looking to become a better musician and a better person overall.

Posted Nov 19, 2017
Glenda S.
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Val was great. He is a good instructor and he enjoys teaching music. I especially like him because he has a lot of patience, and is very knowledgeable. He takes the fear out of playing the piano and makes learning to play fun. Looking forward to future classes.

Excuse the picture of the pet, I couldn't find one of myself to post.

Posted Sep 14, 2017
Lai Y.
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Val is a really excellent expert in teaching and coaching voice. My vocal technique has improved a lot after a few lessons. He has provided me with very valuable advice in pursuit of my future career. I am very grateful for his patience and his expertise in helping me with all aspects in singing. I will be returning from Hong Kong very soon, and i am very much looking forward to taking more lessons from him again.

Posted Aug 5, 2017
GUY
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I was more than pleased with my initial singing lesson with Val.
He was thorough, patient, and knowledgeable about music and zeroed in on my concerns, abilities, and talent level.
I am going to continue lessons with him on an on going basis.
Guy, from Chicago

Posted Jun 14, 2017
Rebecca
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He's the best!!

Posted Apr 6, 2017
Siobhan
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Great 1st lesson. Val made me feel very comfortable and I had a lot of fun and learned a lot.

Posted Mar 26, 2017
Thomas
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Honestly Val was wonderful to work with. Very kind, patient, helpful, and offers ton of insight! Looking forward to more lessons in the future!

Posted Mar 8, 2017
Kaustubh P.
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Great grasp of techniques and the biology of singing.

Posted Feb 19, 2017
Michael C.
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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!

Posted Sep 6, 2016
Shelley Z.
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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!

Posted Mar 4, 2016
Binoy B.
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Val is a fantastic singing instructor.

Posted Mar 2, 2016
Luca
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I really liked how he explained the reasons for the exercises. Great person as well.

Posted Feb 11, 2016
Binoy
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Great lesson

Posted Oct 31, 2015
John L.
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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.

Posted Oct 7, 2015
Randy D.
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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.

Posted Oct 7, 2015
Aida Y.
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It was excellent experience! I am very happy for choosing Val as teacher!

Posted Aug 2, 2015
William B.
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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.

Posted Jul 19, 2015
frank M.
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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.

Posted Apr 1, 2015
Michael C.
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I started just about 3 months ago. I'm 53 and never sang before. (Mouthed the words when the nuns made the class sing in grade school). I always thought that being a singer was an instinctive talent. Now I believe that with Val's help and guidance I can become a singer. I can feel and hear my voice developing. It will take time, but I have the confidence that it can happen based upon my progress so far.

Posted Aug 28, 2014
Rob C.
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Val is all you can ask for from a teacher. He challenges you, but still supports you as you learn. It was difficult for me to step in front of someone to sing, but Val has helped me sing more freely. I have been doing lessons for half a year and look forward to improving at each one.

Posted Aug 26, 2014
Dana K.

Supportive and Patient, Challenging and Fun!

In just the few months I have been taking lessons with Val, my voice has opened up to a whole other level. His exercises are challenging and, yes, some of his instructions make me giggle, but they work! He challenges me to explore just above my comfort zone and is patient and supportive. I am discovering new areas of my vocal chords and mouth I didn't even know existed, and I can tell it's only just the beginning. I have grown so much with Val I upped my lessons to twice a week because I just can't get enough! You think your voice is done and is what it is? It's not. Go to Val and he'll prove you otherwise! lol

Posted Jan 26, 2014
Biljana K.

Absolutely Great Experience

It is safe to say that Val is one of the best vocal teachers I have ever worked with. His teaching techniques are unique and modified to fit each students' specific needs. The improvement in my vocal performance is amazing! Additionally, he is fun, and makes you wish each lesson was longer as the time goes by so quickly. Greatly recommended!!!!!

Posted Oct 30, 2013
Ann D.

Val is a fantastic teacher!

I am constantly surprised with my performance after each lesson. Val really is all of the great things everyone had said in their reviews. I couldn't be more grateful with my selection!

Posted Feb 5, 2013
PatriciaL

Val is a excellent teacher. My daughter really enjoy working with him. Her lessons are very informative and he is very patient with her.She is always inspired by his great compliments and constructive criticism. She always leaves each lesson with so much enthusiasm and can't wait for her next lesson every week and is very disappointed if she has to miss. I would recommend Val 100%. She has had several instructors before none of them compare.

Posted Jul 13, 2012
JackB

Look no more!

Val has completely changed the way I view singing. He has made things clearer and much easier to understand. He is an incredibly patient teacher who lets you work at your own pace, but will also push you further. He is exceptionally qualified, compassionately dedicated and will make singing lessons the best part of your week.

Posted Jul 12, 2012
DonnadelliahM

Miss

I love his feedback and he;s helping me bring out the best from my voice!

Posted Jul 8, 2012
CrystalM

Great Teacher

Very serious about helping students grow in singing... and doing it in a healthy way! He offers good vocal tips during lessons and is easy to share ideas with.

Posted Jun 17, 2012
melvinab

My teacher val is great at first I was kind of skeptical about singing in front of people, but val made me open up. I still have major work to progress, but with Val I feel comfortable to proceeding on with taking the next steps to adjusting my vocals to a whole new level. I really thank Val for being patient and honest with me, because I know I need a lot of practice and he have made me dedicate myself more with inspiring motivation. I feel most teachers are there only for the pay; but not Val he actually get involved with his students and push us to strive higher. Val is a great teacher and I have been blessed to encounter such a blessing by working with the talented VAL. K. I definitly can't wait to see what's in store as I continue my journey with Val as my teacher because I know its going to be exciting. GREAT JOB VAL KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

Posted Apr 6, 2012
PriteeP

My fiance & I took singing lessons with Val for our wedding. We're having karaoke and we'll be kicking it off with a song. Unfortunately, I was never able to carry a tune well...my fiance's more of the performer. Val really helped me become confident and was able to teach me to hit the proper notes when singing. Who knew I could sound half way decent!! He really helped us with our rhythm as well. We'll be performing in a week and I'm really excited to go up there and be a rock star thanks to the teachings of Val!

Posted Aug 9, 2010
ElizabethM

Val Voice lessons

very patientgives you time to understanddoesn't mind questionsvery nicevery professional good choice for voice

Posted Nov 21, 2008
CarmenB

October 5, 2008

Val is a ten! He has given me technics as I need them so far to strengthen my breathing mechanism, therefore to produce and speak the vowels in notes to emphasize this critical need. He remembers my dream, and I know that together, we'll make it. Thank you guys for being around to support me. I am getting out of my shell, and I'd like to emerge as a pearl!

Posted Oct 6, 2008

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Experience

Voice Teacher and Vocal Coach, Producer
Jan 1999 - Present

Private 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

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
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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