Veronica Kott

Veronica K.

River Grove, IL

About Veronica K.

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Veronica teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: January 2006
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I began my own piano studies at age 10 and voice studies at age 15. I have been teaching private piano and voice lessons for 10 years to students of many ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. I received my BA with a focus in music performance (piano and voice) from Columbia College Chicago.  I also received my MA in Community Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University.  With that combination of skills, I know how to teach music, pass on an appreciation for music, and develop a rapport with students and families alike. I can teach many styles of piano and voice, and I teach my students proper music theory and vocabulary in order to make their education well-rounded and transferable to multiple musical settings and instruments. My own music experience includes solo performance, ensemble/band performance, theater performance, and songwriting. I am currently in two bands, and I am developing a jazz and songwriting repertoire to perform as a solo vocalist/pianist.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am somewhere between strict and laid back. I definitely want my students to master the skills I teach them, but I don't have a time line for mastery as I believe everyone learns at their own pace and in their own way. I encourage regular practicing, but I also encourage practicing in moderation in order to avoid burn-out. I use a variety of curriculum depending on the student's musical ability, age, instrument (piano or voice), and musical goals. Generally, a young student will have learned the most fundamental aspects of their instrument and be ready to start performing after about one year of lessons (I offer a yearly recital every June). If the student is older, this process may be faster. I do not recommend that students under 10 years of age take voice lessons without also studying piano, as piano will give students a more thorough music awareness/education.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a microphone, sound system, baby grand piano, and electric piano in my home studio. I also have many, many music books.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach all styles of piano and all contemporary styles of voice, beginner to intermediate/advanced. I am trained in classical piano and jazz/blues piano, and with that background, I am able to teach many other styles, including accompaniment skills. I am trained in jazz/blues voice and musical theater voice, and I have been trained extensively in classical techniques, although I do not sing opera. My personal favorite, however, is the jazz/blues sound.

When I teach any beginners in piano, I always use method books. I also reference some books to help my voice students understand the mechanisms going on in their body. With more advanced students, I tend to pick challenging pieces out of the variety of books I have in my studio (too many to list), or I help them work on the pieces they bring to me.

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Piano and Voice Performance


Private Piano and Voice Instructor

Aug 2009 - Jun 2013
Fine Arts Stageworks

Taught private, individual lessons in piano and voice to ages 5 and up, beginners through intermediate/advanced

Classroom Music Instructor/Mentor

Aug 2009 - Jun 2012
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic

Taught music and performance-based curriculum to Chicago Public School classrooms, grades K-8

Private Piano and Voice Instructor

Jan 2006 - Aug 2011
Musical Expressions

Taught private, individual lessons in piano and voice to ages 5 to 65, beginners through intermediate/advanced


Community Counseling, MA

Sep 2009 - Aug 2012
Northeastern Illinois University

Interdisciplinary BA, Focus in Piano and Voice

Sep 2001 - Jun 2006
Columbia College Chicago


Vocal Delegate, Sant'Anna Arresi Jazz Festival

Jun 2006
Columbia College Chicago

Piano Accompanist, Juneteenth Film Festival

Jun 2005
Charles Hammond, Jr.; Columbia College Chicago
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2 Reviews on Veronica K.

scott meyer Jan 15, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Wonderful teaching pro.
Zerrin B. Oct 4, 2013
Outstanding Piano instruction!

My son has taken piano lessons from Ms. Kott for over 3 years now, and we cannot say enough about her. She is that rare combination of encouraging, enthusiastic, yet serious teacher that you hope to find for your child. Not only has our son learned the basics, he has also learned theory along the way. She is reliable, relatable, and a great gauge of their personalities. I would, and do recommend her to everyone. In fact, this year my younger son has started lessons too! If you'd like a teacher who will help your child learn in a supportive, encouraging, yet professional environment, Ms. Kott is the perfect teacher for you.
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