About Singing Lessons in Newcastle
“After a lesson with Kathryn, I feel like I can achieve anything.”
Kathryn is the ‘go to’ Vocal Instructor in Newcastle city centre who specialises in solid vocal technique, developing stage presence and confidence building. It is these three components which make her a favourite amongst her students/artists who come for lessons time and again.
She has coached artists who have gone on to achieve publishing contracts with Universal Records and those who have frequent BBC Radio 1 airplay.
She provides bespoke vocal regimes for professional singers on touring schedules to build stamina and promote vocal health in a climate where singers are experiencing enormous pressure to deliver time and again. She is also experienced at working alongside speech and language therapists and ENT specialists to rebuild voices following health issues.
Kathryn works with singers who are preparing for auditions and has coached those who have gone on to appear on Greece Has Got Talent and finalists in the SoundWaves Music Competition. However, she is open to teaching people from all back grounds, ages, abilities and musical genres so please get in touch if your are interested in learning more about your voice.
Kathryn is committed to the importance of confidence building and coaching her students so they can manage their emotions when dealing with the pressures of being a performer and over coming stage fright. She has a number of effective techniques which she developed through personal experience and training at the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy which has helped her students have the courage to fulfil their potential.
She is a qualified Vocal Instructor who is certified with the Institute of Vocal Advancement. She has the pleasure of ongoing training with world class Master teachers such as Greg Enriquez (Las Vegas), Jeffrey Skouson (Las Vegas), Guy Babusek (Los Angeles) and Spencer Welch (Vancouver), protégés of Michael Jackson’s singing Mentor Seth Riggs who have contributed to her voice and teaching in a profound way. It is her passion to bring this knowledge and vocal technique to the adults and children of the North East.
With the support of great singing mentors, she has gone from strength to strength, performing in New Orleans and Memphis, starting her own teaching business and writing her own music and performing with her band. Kathryn has studied jazz and scat singing with Professor Bob Stoloff the Jazz Vocal Lead from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston which is the number one music college in the world. She and her jazz septet will be recording an album with his mentoring in 2017.
However, she credits her passion for music to humble beginnings. As a child she was mainly influenced by family stories about both of her Grandads who were accomplished jazz singers and musicians and her introduction to music at primary school where she learned to play the piano alongside treble and bass recorder.
At a later stage Kathryn developed a love for drama and performing which became more fulfilling as the teaching of those instruments became formal and too structured. She said: “As I was encouraged to take grades in piano, it became clear to me that music wasn’t as enjoyable. However, this was when I began to thrive through my discovery of improvisation and developing my musical skills myself.”
As time went on, Kathryn completed drama courses and studied with Broadway performance coach, Rhonda Carlson which inspired her stage presence and performance techniques which she incorporates into her teaching and professional performances.
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