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Kait K.
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Learn music theory through voice and/or piano and finally REALLY understand it...I make it easy.
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Beginner, Intermediate
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I teach students a basic but solid understanding of music theory using voice, harmonica and/or piano as the learning tool. Focus for singers is a strong understanding of music theory as it relates to sight singing and reading music. Also, for anyone wishing to start playing songs you love on piano and create your own arrangements with some solid understanding of piano and chord work. You can play any popular song with a good deal of ease and fairly quickly. I work a lot from the Musician's Institute book, Sightsinging - The Complete Method For Singers, as well as from several other sources I have studied as a singer/songwriter over my 25+ year career in the music industry. For those wanting to learn music theory for beginning piano they will need to have access to a piano or keyboard for practice between lessons, nothing fancy required, an inexpensive keyboard will suffice. Students will learn about the basic elements of written music: time signatures, note and rest values, meter, rhythm, tempo, keys, intervals, how the circle of fifths works, relative minor scales, all major scales, blues scales, pentatonic scales, and more. For those wishing to learn theory on beginning piano, they will also learn how to play chords (major, minor, diminished, basic 7th chords, sus4, etc), inverted chords and how to transpose songs into different keys. Work will be done mostly in reading and understanding written sheet music examples, vocal practice and chord charts. Singers who have this knowledge have the ability to accompany themselves on piano (or guitar, but I don't teach guitar). It's important for singers to understand these basic concepts and how this knowledge can help them understand their vocal range and how to find their best key for any song they sing. It also helps them understand how to quickly and easily transpose songs to a key that is better for their voice. In addition, any singer in a band who doesn't play an instrument will be empowered to speak the same language as the musicians do, which is vital to have a strong connection to the material you're performing together. Music theory can be so complex and daunting I think. I myself took a full year of graduate school level music theory and left with no solid understanding of how I could actually USE the material I'd learned so it went in one ear and out the other. After that, I shuddered at the words "music theory" because I'd had a bad experience with it. I have students now who studied it in school but like me, didn't retain any of it. My goal with students is that they have not only a clear understanding of basic music theory but understand WHY it works the way it does. Music is a language that is both creative and logical...it's mathematical after all. It's a beautiful blend of left and right brain thinking that you can use to have FUN! When it's mysteries are unlocked, students gain an empowerment that feels freeing, inspiring and exciting! I'm a self-proclaimed "Music Nerd" now and I love every minute of it! I'd love to help you love it too.
About Kait K.

Kait K. has been coaching singers of all ages and abilities since 1997. "Every singer has stumbling blocks. It is my passion to help them identify those, understand them and then move past them. Singers are complex people with complex instruments, and no matter what our expertise level, the desire to sing is something to be protected and nurtured. I value fun, honesty and true comprehension in the singing studio. I find those three things, meshed always with a sense of discipline and playfulness, are the keys to helping singers unlock and develop what makes them unique artists with something to say." She has taught in public and private schools, colleges and universities and privately in San Diego & Los Angeles, CA and Salt Lake City, UT. She has owned and operated her own studio since 1997. As a teacher, Kait's focus with each student is to help them understand both the anatomy and health of their vocal instrument and to help them tap into their very best sound in an engaging and fun way. Professionally as a singer, Kait has headlined her own blues band in Los Angeles and sung in several cover bands. Kait was also the lead singer and co-songwriter for the band Light Vizion and co-produced the band's debut album "Looking For An Angel" and can be heard as the solo vocalist on the album "True North" by Tristan Moore. She is currently a freelance vocalist in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has sung lead and solo in a large variety of venues, including Capitol Theatre, Abravanel Hall, Rose Wagner (Jeanne Wagner Stage) and several local clubs and restaurants as well as festivals and outdoor concerts including the annual Pride Festival, Millcreek Venture Out Festival, Avenue's Street Fair and the Brown Bag Concert Series and several fundraisers. While in Los Angeles, Kait performed in numerous clubs and blues music venues, including The Brown Derby, The Blue Cafe and BB Kings in Hollywood. She has also worked as a professional singer for several years in the Los Angeles Music Industry where she performed in several bands and worked as an in demand "session" singer (someone people hire to come in and quickly record vocals for various professional and experimental projects). Kait's education as a singing performer includes a B.F.A. from the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah, an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from San Diego State University plus 5 years post-grad study in Los Angeles training in voice with world master voice teacher, Edward Sayegh. In 2004 Kait returned to her roots in Salt Lake City, UT to continue both her singing and teaching career. She continues to direct The Performer Studio, a non-profit school for singers, as well as write, arrange and record as a freelance singer, and has appeared as the featured vocalist with groups like Children's Dance Theatre and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company as well as other local blues and rock bands. Kait: “As a teacher, my goal with each student is to help them to become the very best they can be as singing performers. But in addition, I aim to lift their spirit during the time they spend with me, so that when they leave their lesson, after the work they've done, they feel better, more inspired, more empowered and more confident and driven than they did before their lesson. Watching my students evolve as both artists and people is why I love what I do. I have the honor of watching them find themselves through music while they build truly lifelong friendships with the performing peers they meet in the classes and performances they participate in here...they end up finding some of their 'kindred spirits' in life here, and that is something that is priceless as an artist."

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Kait K.
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Learn music theory through voice and/or piano and finally REALLY understand it...I make it easy.
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
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I teach students a basic but solid understanding of music theory using voice, harmonica and/or piano as the learning tool. Focus for singers is a strong understanding of music theory as it relates to sight singing and reading music. Also, for anyone wishing to start playing songs you love on piano and create your own arrangements with some solid understanding of piano and chord work. You can play any popular song with a good deal of ease and fairly quickly. I work a lot from the Musician's Institute book, Sightsinging - The Complete Method For Singers, as well as from several other sources I have studied as a singer/songwriter over my 25+ year career in the music industry. For those wanting to learn music theory for beginning piano they will need to have access to a piano or keyboard for practice between lessons, nothing fancy required, an inexpensive keyboard will suffice. Students will learn about the basic elements of written music: time signatures, note and rest values, meter, rhythm, tempo, keys, intervals, how the circle of fifths works, relative minor scales, all major scales, blues scales, pentatonic scales, and more. For those wishing to learn theory on beginning piano, they will also learn how to play chords (major, minor, diminished, basic 7th chords, sus4, etc), inverted chords and how to transpose songs into different keys. Work will be done mostly in reading and understanding written sheet music examples, vocal practice and chord charts. Singers who have this knowledge have the ability to accompany themselves on piano (or guitar, but I don't teach guitar). It's important for singers to understand these basic concepts and how this knowledge can help them understand their vocal range and how to find their best key for any song they sing. It also helps them understand how to quickly and easily transpose songs to a key that is better for their voice. In addition, any singer in a band who doesn't play an instrument will be empowered to speak the same language as the musicians do, which is vital to have a strong connection to the material you're performing together. Music theory can be so complex and daunting I think. I myself took a full year of graduate school level music theory and left with no solid understanding of how I could actually USE the material I'd learned so it went in one ear and out the other. After that, I shuddered at the words "music theory" because I'd had a bad experience with it. I have students now who studied it in school but like me, didn't retain any of it. My goal with students is that they have not only a clear understanding of basic music theory but understand WHY it works the way it does. Music is a language that is both creative and logical...it's mathematical after all. It's a beautiful blend of left and right brain thinking that you can use to have FUN! When it's mysteries are unlocked, students gain an empowerment that feels freeing, inspiring and exciting! I'm a self-proclaimed "Music Nerd" now and I love every minute of it! I'd love to help you love it too.
About Kait K.

Kait K. has been coaching singers of all ages and abilities since 1997. "Every singer has stumbling blocks. It is my passion to help them identify those, understand them and then move past them. Singers are complex people with complex instruments, and no matter what our expertise level, the desire to sing is something to be protected and nurtured. I value fun, honesty and true comprehension in the singing studio. I find those three things, meshed always with a sense of discipline and playfulness, are the keys to helping singers unlock and develop what makes them unique artists with something to say." She h