Kait Kingston
Salt Lake City, UT
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Kait Kingston

Kait K.

Salt Lake City, UT
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My mission is to help students reach their fullest potential as singers and to build their confidence in the process. Lessons focus on each student as an individual and can encompass anything from vocal technique and song repertoire to audition coaching and even recording sessions to help the students with a project or to help them simply hear the subtleties in their voice more clearly as they train and grow.

Vocal Technique covered includes:

Range Building, Tone & Color, Vocal and Musical Dynamics, Diction, Releasing the Jaw, Opening Up the Sound, Body Conditioning For Singers and finally, Breath Support*

*I teach breath support in a way most teachers do not. I help students gain strong abdominal muscles and teach them how to use them to sing with more power and control. Rather than releasing the belly (as most teachers recommend) I show students how to breathe into their backs and use all three lobes of the lungs (upper, middle, lower). This allows them to keep the abs strong and tight WHILE singing and breathing in. It also looks much better onstage ;) Mostly, it works! "The proof is in the pudding" as they say and the pudding is a strong capable vocal instrument from head to toe.

I also can provide Artist Mentoring to interested students. I can help singers determine what style(s) of music they are most gifted at and then help them find song material that will help them really shine.

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...shatter 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 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 Log 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 Scarecrow Festival and the Brown Bag Concert Series and Furry Fiesta Fundraiser! 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 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 here, so that when they leave for the day, after the work they've done, they feel better, more inspired, more empowered and more confident and driven than they did when they arrived at my door. Teaching and watching my students evolve as both artists and people is thrilling! 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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Anna
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Taking lessons with Kait online has been spectacular! She is not only a master at singing, acting and performance; she is a fabulous mentor, friend and confidant. Taking lessons from Kait has helped me grow as a singer and performer in exceptional ways.

Posted Apr 6, 2020
Amber
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Kait is the best vocal coach I have ever had!! She is so encouraging and I leave every lesson feeling like a better singer. I love how she gives me specific exercises to work on everyday between our lessons! I didn't know how I would like doing online lessons but they have turned out to be so amazing, easy to do, and something that uplifts me during this hard time! I definitey recommend taking lessons with Kait to anyone! Don't even think twice, you won't regret it!

Posted Apr 4, 2020
Sadie
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Kait is very patient and knowledgeable. Gives great analogies and visualizations!

Posted Apr 4, 2020
April H.
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Kait is great! She not only knows her stuff, she is a great, positive, knowledgeable, kind teacher. Makes you feel very comfortable which is great since singing for someone can be super uncomfortable!

Posted Feb 10, 2020
Riley C.
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Posted Feb 4, 2020
Kimberli L.
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We are so lucky to find such a wonderful teacher. Kait is so helpful--my daughter has already shown significant improvement, and I believe that she will continue to get better. Kait is very knowledgeable, experienced in a wide range of topics, and a real sweetheart with my teenager.

Posted Dec 1, 2019
Paul
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I do not really do long review. I would give Kait 6 stars if I could. Awesome.

Posted Aug 1, 2019
Emma M.
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Kait provided a very thorough grounding regarding breathing and breathing apparatus at the first lesson. This is exactly what my granddaughter needed to enable her to move forward. My grandchild was very satisfied when she left the class.

Posted Jun 17, 2019
Karen
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Kait is a very encouraging , patient instructor.

Posted Apr 23, 2019
Ray R.
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Kait is a wonderfully patient and caring person. She is a marvelous teacher and is adjustable and tries very hard to make everything work to my benefit. She keeps all my emails, recordings, music in my file for quick reference. She helps with everything to do with my singing and how I progress forward in that effort. Really Love her and recommend her to the fullest extent. Ray Rhea

Posted Mar 7, 2019
Michael
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Kait is awesome! She really knows music and she has the real experience to back it up. Whether you are aspiring to achieve pro level skills or you just enjoy music for personal enjoyment, you will find something here. You can work privately or in a group. The people in the class are fantastic! There is something about making music together that everyone should experience. Kait and the other students foster a great supporting environment to help you release the music inside you.

Posted Sep 17, 2018
Emma
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kait is an amazing teacher and such an wonderful human being !

Posted Sep 13, 2018
Stacia
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Kait is the most amazing teacher. She instills confidence in all of her students. She helps people to find their voice. And she's a lot of fun. She always makes me feel better about my abilities. She is absolutely the best!

Posted Sep 13, 2018
Ken
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This teacher works to bring out the possible best in a person. She provides constructive criticism when needed but also makes you feel you are learning and progressing under her instructions. She took a shy, quiet person and turned him into someone who is learning that it can be fun to perform for live audiences and how good it feels to express a talent you always wanted to share with others but were not sure you had it in you to do so. I greatly love and respect this teacher.

Posted Sep 12, 2018
Anthony
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We love Kait she has been great with our daughter and really gets the best out of her.

Posted Sep 12, 2018
Stefani
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Kait has been great for my daughter. She's improved so much since she's started working with her.

Posted Sep 12, 2018
Jody doner
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Kati is the best. She's so supportive and encouraging. She's great for all levels of talent. I have so much fun with her.

Posted Sep 12, 2018
Nikki
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She Doesn’t listen to your input and she’s hard to approach. When she feels wronged she lashes out at you via text message or email instead of hearing you out and finding out what’s going on. Making it even harder to approach her in the future. She says to make the song your own but when you make suggestions she gets offended that you don’t like her suggestions. What should have been a great experience turned out not to be and Its deeply saddening.

Posted Jun 27, 2018
Nikki
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Love Kait, I’m so excited to learn and grow as a singer. I love her teaching style and willingness to connect with me on my own platform as well as introducing me to hers.

Posted Jan 22, 2018
Sadie B.
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Kait was great with Sadie! Looking forward to seeing Sadie come alive with her passion to sing! Kait is a perfect fit!

Posted Nov 6, 2017
Wendy
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Great teacher!

Posted Oct 10, 2017
Kaylee E.
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Kait is an AMAZING teacher! She has been teaching me about singing, and music in general, since 2012. Kait finds a way that works for you to make sure you better understand what you are singing and performing. She is a wonderful teacher and human being, I definitely recommend taking vocal lessons from her.

Posted Sep 25, 2017
Carolee
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I really enjoyed learning with Kait. She is fun and personable. She knows what she's doing, and I can see that working with her is going to give me the training that I'm looking for.

Posted Feb 7, 2017
Janene H.
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Kait has helpedmy daughter find her confidence. She is so encouraging and customizes the lessons to fit my daughters needs.

Posted Jan 17, 2016
Jasmine K.
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Professional, understanding, informative! A great experience!

Posted Oct 15, 2015
Joann K.
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My daughter loves Kait she is having so much fun and loves to go to her lessons. She is amazing.

Posted Aug 12, 2015
Holly D.
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She is really good! My granddaughter really enjoyed her lessons with her! Absolutely recommend!

Posted Jun 26, 2015
Kresta
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I loved how easy she is to work with and enjoyed the lesson.

Posted Mar 25, 2015
Anna G.
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Kait is a vocal teacher unlike any other. If you live in the Salt Lake Valley, I highly encourage you to take lessons from Kait! Kait will help you achieve your dreams in vocal performance. Not only will she help your voice reach new heights, she will help you become more confident on stage performing. Kait is so wonderful to work with and she is a incredible mentor.

Posted Dec 1, 2014
Emilee C.
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I have learned so many new techniques and skills as a performer, recording music and as a singer as well from Kait. She has taught me the techniques for all styles of music from Broadway to Jazz. I have also learned the etiquette and tricks for recording music. She is an amazing singer, performer, instructor and friend and I would recommend her to anyone who has any interest in these skills.

Posted Nov 30, 2014
Alice B.
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Very pleased with Kait. I would recommend to others wanting to learn piano from scratch.

Posted Nov 6, 2014
Beth N.
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Kait is part intuitive, part miracle-worker and all music and voice! She was able to take our daughter – whose older siblings said couldn't even sing 'Happy Birthday' – and work with her to achieve a Broadway-style range and capacity to belt out a song that no one in our family ever expected. Kait's ear and sense of what's possible in a voice is uncannily good. She can find the positive attributes in anyone's voice and build on them. Our daughter is now a confident, uninhibited singer and performer, thanks to Kait!

Posted Oct 24, 2014
Veronica V.
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I have been through so many teachers. Some good and some bad. Kait is the vocal teacher you hope to find on that journey. Not only is she a phenomenal singer, she has a great talent for understanding what you want/goals in a lesson. She knows the voice and I think that is the strongest quality in a vocal teacher. Thank you Kait, you are wonderful to work with.

Posted Oct 8, 2014
Megan A.
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Kait the BEST vocal instructor ever! Supportive, kind, professional, intelligent, and creative, she has helped me in so many ways as a singer and performer. I've gained an incredible amount of experience in just a few months with a show, a CD from the performance, and two recordings under my belt. I wish I had lessons with her every day... I enjoy them so, SO much! I was lead to her studio by a close friend who had tried three instructors previously, and finally discovered Kait's incredible talent. She is the cream of the crop in the Salt Lake area and far beyond, I'm sure.

Posted Sep 21, 2014

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Experience

Live & Session Singer (Lead & Backing Vocals)
Nov 1999 - Present

Freelance

Kait worked for 5 years in the Los Angeles music industry as an in-demand session singer. Her specialty was being able to bring out what the songwriter and/or engineer really was looking for in-studio and do so with great efficiency. She continues to freelance as both a session singer and live performer in Salt Lake City since moving back in 2004. She has recorded and performed with a variety of companies and artists and in a variety of venue sizes. From small festivals and clubs to Abravanel Hall, Rose Wagner and the Capitol Theatre, Kait has worked with companies such as Ririe-Woodbury Dance Co., Children's Dance Theatre, composer Tristan Moore among others.

Voice and Performance Coach
Sep 1997 - Present

Salt Lake Singers Academy and The Performer Studio

Voice Instructor and Director of The Performer Studio (TPS), a non-profit school for singers. Since its inception in San Diego in 1997, Kait has moved TPS twice: first for 5 years in Los Angeles where Kait worked as a professional live, and session singer in the music industry. The second move was back to Kait's hometown, Salt Lake City where the studio has thrived since 2004. Kait has also taught voice and performance at San Diego State University, the University of Utah and Westminster College.

Director
Sep 1997 - Present

The Performer Studio

Kait directs approximately 7 concerts per year. Her specialty is helping singers showcase their absolute best on stage, best vocals, best storytelling, best movement. She has directed and produced 10 annual large scale artist tribute concerts in the Salt Lake area, from Michael Jackson to The Beatles, Pop, Rock, Broadway, Disney and more. Most recently, Kait directed A TRIBUTE TO BROADWAY. In JUNE OF 2019 she will be directing her 2nd MICHAEL JACKSON Tribute. She has also directed professional talent showcases and one-person cabaret shows in Los Angeles / Hollywood.

Audition Coach
Mar 1997 - Present

The Performer Studio, San Diego State University

Kait has helped numerous professional actors and singers "land the part" with her unique approach and techniques. She has worked with beginning performers all the way up through seasoned television stars to help them get the best out of themselves in different performance situations.

Acting Instructor
Sep 1997 - Jun 1999

San Diego State University

Kait taught Acting Two for Majors as well as Basic Acting for Non-Majors at San Diego State University, working with students on how to bring characters to life on stage using her developed thesis work on understanding the language of and clues in theatrical text.

Education

Master Of Fine Arts - Musical Theatre
Sep 1996 - Jun 1999

San Diego State University

Bachelor Of Fine Arts - Theatre Acting
Sep 1992 - Jun 1996

University Of Utah - Actor Training Program

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Post Graduate Professional Voice Study
Sep 2004

American Musical Theatre Workshop

While no official certification is awarded per se, Kait spent 5 years obtaining professional study with world renown voice teacher, Edward Sayegh in Los Angeles, CA. She was a top student of Mr. Sayegh's and was hired by him to direct high profile talent showcases of some of LA's top working singers. Kait studied and now teaches elements of The Sayegh/Garcia-Marchesi Tradition, a vocal training system which empowers singers to release their true voice, eliminate bad vocal habits and attain greatness as singers in whatever genre they prefer.

Awards

Marion Ross Scholar
Sep 1997

San Diego State University

Irene Ryan Award
Jun 1995

Kennedy Center For the Arts

Affiliations

BMI
May 2012
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2010
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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