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About Singing & Music Lessons in Newcastle

“After a lesson with Kathryn, I feel like I can achieve anything.” Laura, 24

Kathryn Lowdon Vocal studios has what you need to coach you on your journey to becoming a singer and musician. We have carefully picked professional, friendly and qualified singing and musical instrument teachers to help and support you on your journey. You can have singing and musical instrument lessons from our studios in Newcastle city centre and worldwide via Skype. In addition to lessons we offer regular opportunities for you to learn how to perform live at our student showcases, recording studio experiences and opportunities to star in your own music video as well as workshops and singing groups. We are passionate about helping you to reach your goals and are empathetic about what you want to achieve.

Meet our  Singing Teachers!

Kathryn Lowdon

Kathryn is a hard worker who through determination has grown to be 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 and artists who come for lessons time and again.

She is a qualified Vocal Instructor who is certified with the Institute of Vocal Advancement.

She works with all kinds of singers from children to adults, amateurs to committed professionals and wants the best for all of her students regardless of their aims. Lessons are tailored to your individual needs and you get to sing songs of your choice. Kathryn will teach you how to sing them better and is committed to getting the best out of your voice.

Kathryn works with singers who are preparing for auditions and has coached those who have gone on to appear on Greece Has Got Talent, finalists in the SoundWaves Music Competition and Teen Star. She has also coached performers through successful auditions for the world famous American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) in Los Angeles. Some of her artists have gone on to achieve publishing contracts with Universal Records, major label record deals, frequent BBC Radio 1 airplay, appearances on Later with Jools Holland Show and have won Brit Awards. She has also coached artists and sculptors for sound art projects which have been exhibited at The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

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 also works alongside speech and language therapists (SALT) and ENT specialists to rebuild voices following health issues such as nodules and warts on the vocal folds.

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 psychological techniques which she has developed through professional training at the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy in Jesmond which has helped her students to have the courage to fulfil their potential.

Through her training with The Institute of Vocal Advancement and Speech Level Singing, she has had 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 and Prince’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.

Kathryn understands what it is like to be a student as she continually updates her education and takes regular singing lessons with Advanced Master Teachers. With the support of great singing mentors, she has performed in New Orleans and Memphis, writes her own music and performs with her professional band. Kathryn has studied jazz and scat singing with Professor Bob Stoloff the Jazz Vocal Lead from the world famous Berklee College of Music in Boston. She also studied with Broadway performance coach, Rhonda Carlson who has inspired her stage presence and performance techniques which she incorporates into her teaching and professional performances.

 

Jon Isbell

Jon is a pre-certified vocal instructor with the Institute for Vocal Advancement and works with Kathryn and her students in the Newcastle city centre studios. He is a passionate and understanding teacher who puts his students at ease with his friendly personality. Jon also takes regular singing lessons and studies vocals, benefitting from the wealth of knowledge filtering down from world renowned Master Teachers who have worked with many of the worlds best known vocalists.

As that lesser found creature, a male vocal coach, Jon does enjoy working with male voices and can bring an additional understanding to the unique challenges found therein.

With a qualified background in musical theatre, including training under one of the UK’s top 10 professional choreographers (The Stage – October 2016), Jon is passionate about helping his students with developing solid vocal technique and then building on that to deliver a strong, emotive performance. He uses his theatre skills to build students confidence in acting through song to get that emotion across, as well as looking at their physical presentation.

Jon has worked with singers and performers of all shapes and sizes and helped to establish some truly unique and inspiring performances. He is also committed to building confidence in performers and has seen students step right outside their comfort zone and find a new courage, from busking on the streets of Newcastle to dance and movement in performance.

Another side to Jon’s musical personality is his songwriting. He has a knack for writing a catchy melody, while creating lyrics that people have said they can really identify with. The long term goal is to complete the recording of his debut album and get it out there for the world to hear!

Jon can be found regularly performing around the social clubs and pubs of the north east, as well as taking on a wide variety of roles in theatre shows with community theatre groups including lead characters, director, choreographer and producer.

Hear Kathryn Lowdon Vocal Studios Students:

Instructor I Certificate

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