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Dr. Lubov Laura De Valois is a Russian born concert pianist, soprano opera singer and a distinguished piano and vocal teacher. She has two Masters Degrees from St. Petersburg conservatory, one in music performance and the other is in pedagogical education with a specialization in child psychology and music. She also has a PhD degree in music history, theory, and composition from the Russian Institute of Art History. In addition to her education, she has a vast amount of professional experience in teaching and performing in both Europe and the US.

Dr. Laura was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She started studying piano from the age of three at the prestigious St. Petersburg Conservatory Pre-college division for the gifted. This is an internationally recognized music school for the young and talented prodigies. Lessons in piano, ear training, music theory, composition and singing were held 6 days per week and required 3 – 6 hours of daily practice.

Dr. Laura started her stage performance at the tender age of four and won first prize in Prague at the age of seven, won first prize in Poland’s Chopin competition. She went on to study music and graduated from the finest music school, conservatory and university. Her performance career took her to many countries and performed with several of the best orchestras around the world. She also performed many solo piano recitals and sang opera in the finest European theatres. In addition, Dr. Laura was also the solo pianist for St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra in Russian for three years.

Besides performing, Dr. Laura loved the creative process of composing. This passion started at the age of five, and she has written many original compositions, recorded CDs and published books with her own music. While in the conservatory, she studied with two greatest Russian composers Sololov and Banecich. She also took private lessons with Dunaevsky, who is a famous soviet composer. Dr. Laura was a member of the house of St. Peterburg’s composer and won a scholarship that took her to Florence Italy during her PhD study. She went on to compose music for theater, children choirs, and taught others how to compose and improvise.

In 1999, she moved to the USA and taught college level piano, voice, music history and music appreciation courses around the Western Illinois area. At the same time, Dr. Laura started her own private studio “Valois Academy of Music and Performance Art”, teaching students to play classical piano and voice singing in Bel Canto style.

For more than three decades, she has taught piano, voice, music history, theory and composition. She gives her heart and soul into teaching and it is her greatest joy to watch her students flourish into a performing artist.

Never skip a day of practice! Practice on the days you eat.
- Dr. Laura

Academy Overview

Valois academy of music for performance art is dedicated to the teaching of piano and vocal training from young beginner to advanced performer. The overall goal is to not only play or sing the correct note but rather be able to analyze and perform with understanding and artistry.

Piano

Weekly Piano lessons with individualized lesson plans to develop technique, theory, sight-reading, musicality and performance skills

Voice

Weekly voice lessons to develop health techniques such as breathing, posture, vowel pronunciation, pitch accuracy and dynamic range

Studio

Best in class Steinway grand piano and digital piano for recording and playback



Recital

It is a big holiday for kids to play their pieces with pride and joy!



Competition

Local, regional and national competitions




Exam

ABRSM exams are encouraged for advanced students



Why choose Valois Academy?

"Rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul." - Plato

Do you want a teacher who can share their passion for music and the piano, and kindle it within you or your child? Do you want a professor who will make lessons fun and interesting at the same time?.

These are the keys to finding the right instructor, and this is exactly what I offer you. All these things make my lessons great, for I love to teach; in fact I am sure it is my life purpose.

I want to introduce you to the wonderful world of music. I want you to improve! In fact, I guarantee, whether you are 5 or 70, you WILL improve!!! You will see great results within a month or less!

We will work hard, but have fun in the process. Who knows, perhaps you or your child will one day become one of our nation's greatest, sing on Broadway or play in an Orchestra!

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Students Taught

120

Student Competitions

580

Student Awards and Recognitions

30

Years of Teaching

Let's get connected!

This could be a great chance for you, your child, or maybe just someone you know. For private lessons feel free contact me at lauramusicschool2440@gmail.com, or give me a call at 630-800-8439 for information or to schedule a private lesson.

Sonata by Mozart K 330 in C major

Vicky is my piano student. She played today on our winter recital and gave me chills! She put so much passion and elegance in her performance and so much grace! ❤️

Sonatina in F major by Anton Diabelli, op 168, No. 1

Shawn, 7, is my piano student. I teach him only for 1.5 year. Very talented boy! He feels passions in music.

The Queen Of the Night by W.A. Mozart

Davin, 14, is my voice student.




To hear some of Dr. Laura's own original work, here are few videos.

Dream: An original composition by Dr. Lubov

Dreams. or our thoughts. Sometimes they are peaceful and calm; sometimes are dark, gloomy, and rush like clouds. We can be relaxed and we can become inflamed. I tried to put it into my music and depict the sound of our minds, hearts and souls.

Spring, Thaw: Another original composition by Dr. Lubov

This is my original composition from 2001, "The Spring, Thaw". I like to compose the program music and I always depict a picture in my music. I see the early Spring, with a lot of ice; and rivers start moving when ice is thawing. Wind, rain, water runs from the hills coming to the rivers. There is flood and all fields, roads, and banks cover with water. The nature is waking up after long winter. Maybe somebodys heart starts waking up too and feels the strong passions, movements, and a lot of thoughts are running though the mind.

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