Kathryn Z.

Kathryn Z.

★★★★★
★★★★★
23 Reviews
New York, NY

Guitar

Levels Taught: Beginner - Intermediate

Rhythm guitar, picking patterns and reading notes on the guitar are all taught.

About Kathryn Z.

Background Check: Last verified 09/21/2013
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Male Ages Taught: 4 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 4 to 99

Overview

Kathy believes that variety is the spice of not only life, but also music. Raised singing folk music with a musical family (think accordions, guitars and lots of vocal harmonies), she learned guitar and piano at an early age, but began singing even earlier.

Her quest to give the world the best her vocal cords could offer led her to obtain an undergraduate degree in vocal performance from the University of Nebraska (where she graduated honorable mention, named with the vocal department's Outstanding Senior in Music award, and also obtained a minor in theatre) and a master's degree in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Both of these degrees emphasized classical singing technique, and through this study Kathy gained a solid foundation for her musical craft.

Once out of school, Kathy then sought to begin creating HER music and HER sound, a challenge which continues to manifest itself even today in a variety of ways. Kathy is now a singer/songwriter and performs often with her own band in which she sings, plays guitar, writes her own songs and arranges them for intricate backup harmonies and multiple instrumentation. A variety of influences are apparent in her music, including the musical genres of folk, pop, jazz, and yes, even hip hop. She has recorded three albums of her music and all have been received to critical acclaim.

She sings as a professional cantor at St. John the Baptist Church in Manhattan, and teaches private voice, guitar and piano lessons throughout the city of New York. She served for a time as the general music teacher for St. Dominic's School in the Bronx, where she was responsible for Pre-K through 8th grade music classes, and, true to form, she is often called upon in a multitude of situations to perform in a variety of musical genres. She is always pleased with the ever-changing musical scenery around her.

*** Lesson Details ***
A lesson with Kathy equals half of the allotted time being used to learn good technique (i.e., learning healthy vocal habits, singing vocalizes, learning to read music, playing scales, etc.) and the other half of the time singing and playing repertoire. The repertoire includes both pieces chosen by Kathy (always approved by the student) which excite and inspire the student's particular musical tastes while providing a new challenge in technique to be conquered, and also pieces brought in by the student; for example, if a student is working on music for a specific performance, etc., or if they just really like a piece and want to learn how to play or sing it, Kathy is always ready and willing to lend a hand and an ear!

Vocally, Kathy believes good basic technique is the same for every genre of music. Therefore, great emphasis is placed on learning to breathe and support your sound correctly as well as maintain good posture, rid your body of unwanted tensions, etc.; musical styles beyond that basic technique change only in small stylistic ways, and Kathy is knowledgeable in quiet a variety of most musical styles.

With guitar, Kathy focuses on learning to read and play musical notation and chords without using guitar tablature. Again, a variety of musical styles are used for instruction, including everything from classical to punk!

And with piano, Kathy focuses on learning to read and play musical notation as well as mastering scales and chord progressions, inversions, etc. She loves opportunities to combine voice lessons with guitar lessons, or voice lessons with piano lessons, as one instrument feeds into the other in interesting and helpful ways.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I travel with my travel guitar and music for lessons. I expect guitar students to have their own guitar, and piano or voice students to have some sort of keyboard, even a small one.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.all-levels voice, beginning guitar, beginning piano
I specialize in a classical voice method, which I believe is a good foundation for all styles of singing. I have experience with classical singing, music theatre (I have a minor from my undergraduate education in Theatre) and folk. I'm an experienced songwriter and am able to guide students in that area.

I teach notes and chords for my guitar students. I don't teach guitar tablature; instead, I teach basic guitar music on the staff.

Also, I teach beginning piano, including basic music theory, note spelling, etc.

Photos and Videos

Like a junkie needs the needle And a gravedigger needs some sun Like a daughter needs her daddy And dogs need space to run Baby, it’s you Like a sneaker needs the pavement And a farmer smells fresh earth Like a rock star needs applause And a wistful housewife needs to know her worth, Baby, it’s you Baby, it’s you, baby, it’s you, Like pop culture needs something new Baby, it’s you. Like a cowboy feels his freedom And a hipster needs his thrills Like New Yorkers need their pace And a murderer needs his kills Baby, it’s you Like the middle child needs attention And Thomas Edison listened for a voice Like an orphan longs to belong And a business man loves his invoice Baby, it’s you Baby, it’s you, baby, it’s you, Kentucky rain needs eyes of blue Baby, it’s you Like the Earth needs Mars Like a prison warden needs his bars And the paparazzi need their stars Like Rapunzel needs her braids And an impulse shopper needs money today Like a war-weary soldier longs for peace And a death row Atheist starts to pray Baby… LIke a songbird drinks morning dew, baby, it's you.

Experience

private vocal instructor May 2000 - May 2001
Meyer Music Academy

private vocal instructor Sep 1998 - May 1999
Platte Valley Academy

Education

Master of Music in Voice Sep 1999 - May 2001
Cleveland Institute of Music
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance Sep 1995 - May 1999
University of Nebraska

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
French Limited Proficiency
German Limited Proficiency
Italian Limited Proficiency

Student Reviews

Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 23 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by This is a great experience I love, love, love working with Kathryn. She is the consummate professional. This is such a learning experience for me. I would recommend her highly. October 30, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by I am really enjoying the lessons. Her warm up activities are well thought out and really hit important spots that I need. thank you! January 16, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kathryn is a very patient and friendly instructor. She is also very knowledgeable and able to guide me very well in the development of my singing. I would definitely recommend her as a very good teacher. She has also been very responsive and has shifted the focus of my lessons to target my areas of interest and need. November 13, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by CPA I loved taking singing instruction from Kathy for 3 reasons:1) She takes interest in what student wants to master at. I wanted to work on classical notes which she very helped me to.2) She makes the class very fun and relaxing. I literally felt how unwinding music can me after peak audit/ tax work with the clients3) She is very candid in giving feedback and making sure what I had to improve in my upcoming lesson.I recommend taking music lesson with Kathy.Best,Anita September 11, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellence. There is nothing more encouraging in any learning process than a gracious, well prepared, skillful instructor. Taking piano lessons with Kathy is not only educative but it's always enjoyable. I'd like to think I'm very into playing piano, I started from scratch around two months ago with Kathy, but the truth is if I didn't have an instructor with such positive, patient and cheerful attitude I would have probably quit by now.I would recommend anyone with the intention of learning anything she has to teach to go for her :D July 29, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lessons with Kathy It's so easy to be a good student, when you have a teacher like Kathy! She's so encouraging, positive and happy, it's been a pleasure having lessons with her! March 5, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kathy was a great teacher. We wish we could continue lessons with her but cannot since we are moving. The kids really liked her and she knows a variety of music which keeps them entertained. Definitely would recommend her to anyone! December 21, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Aunt Kathryn is a pleasure to work with. She keeps the lessons enjoyable and is very patient. Nyomi is excited to come to the next lesson. December 15, 2010