Kait K. has been teaching singers of all ages and abilities since 1997. 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 The Performer Studio (a production company for high quality vocal productions) since 1997 and is the director of Salt Lake Singers Academy.
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.
Kait: "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 honesty, discipline and detail work in the singing studio. I find those three things, meshed always with a genuine sense of FUN, are the keys to helping singers unlock and develop what makes them unique artists with something to say."
Professionally as a singer, Kait has headlined her own blues band, sung in several cover bands and also performed as a featured lead vocalist alongside John Lee Hooker Jr. (Blues Grammy artist nominee) on his western tour of the U.S. Kait was 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 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: "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."
Voice Instructor and Director of The Performer Studio (TPS), a 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.
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.
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 6 large scale artist tribute concerts in the Salt Lake area, from Michael Jackson to The Beatles, Pop, Rock, Blues & Broadway. Most recently, Kait directed an original workshop musical based on the music and lyrics of rock legend Journey where the all ages cast helped write and create both the storyline and the characters they portrayed. In JUNE OF 2016 she will be directing a TRIBUTE TO DISNEY! AUDITIONS for the workshop courses for this show are in JANUARY 2016. She has also directed professional talent showcases in Los Angeles as well as one-person cabaret shows in Hollywood.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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