Kat McDowell
Los Angeles, CA
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Kat McDowell

Kat M.

Los Angeles, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Want to learn how to sing your favorite songs? Want to get over stage fright and build some confidence on stage or in the studio? Would you like help writing your first song? I am an experienced working musician and over the last 13 years have done it all from touring, recording, writing songs and releasing an album through a label and would love to help you reach your goals whether it be playing your first open mic or preparing to record in a studio. I currently teach at Musicians Institute in Hollywood and have 4 years teaching experience under my belt and would love to impart the things I have learned the hard way so you won't have to!

About Kat M.

Playing Music brings me such joy! I want you share that Joy with you by bringing that to our classes and helping you grow in a fun and encouraging way!

I'm a singer songwriter and have worked as a full time musician for the last 16 years. I graduated from Auckland University with Bachelor's of Performing Arts Majoring in jazz vocals, and am currently teaching at Musicians Institute in Hollywood.

Currently I still primarily work as a full time musician so I may only have a few slots available but please feel free to reach out if you are interested in working with me. I release original music, tour and play shows regularly both in and out of town. I was signed to Sony and Avex in Japan from 2007-2010 and still tour Japan once a year and spend much of my time in the studio writing songs for commercials and other artists.

I currently teach online and I work with singers, guitarists, and songwriters in a wide age range, assorted skill levels with a variety of musical goals.

I can teach you how to sing with better technique, how to play acoustic guitar and the Ukulele and how to write songs and performance technique in the studio and on stage as a vocalist. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!

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La Tasha
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We booked Kat for an Origami team-building event. Kat was energetic and kept the team engaged. Amazing for all skill levels. Highly recommended!

Posted Nov 24, 2020
Katherine
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Kat is a wonderful teacher she help me improve a lot,
Thank you Kat
by Katherine

Posted Nov 9, 2020
CPA Richmond Chapter -.
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It was a great class, fun time. Kat is so talented~ love the origami she taught and her song!

Posted Oct 18, 2020
Stu G.
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Wonderful first lesson!

Posted Sep 25, 2020
Stu G.
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Awesome first class! Thanks!

Posted Sep 23, 2020
Nancy L.
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I had sent Kat some notes in advance on my goals and she was ready to jump right in and help me. She's enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I can't wait to sing better!

Posted Sep 16, 2020
Mark A.
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Posted Aug 24, 2020
Chuck K.
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I enjoyed our session and think Kat is approachable & skilled.

Posted Aug 12, 2020
Emma D.
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It was wonderful!! She was a great teacher! Very kind!

Posted Jul 1, 2020
Katherine
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Posted Jun 29, 2020
Efrain Cornejo
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she is nice and has good advice!

Posted Jun 24, 2020
Efrain Cornejo
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very nice

Posted Jun 3, 2020
Dan F.
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Posted Jun 3, 2020
Michaela
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Kat is a thoughtful and gifted teacher, and is great with kids! She is teaching my 7 year old to sing, and play the ukulele. She has been such an inspiration to my daughter who had previously been frustrated and discouraged by taking lessons from two prior teachers, so much so my daughter wants to take up guitar and possibly songwriting in the future. My daughter always looks forward to lessons with Kat. I am also happy she practices and does her homework because she wants and chooses to do so, and not because I am bugging her about it! It's so refreshing and such a relief! Kat has a special way of connecting and encouraging my daughter to develop her passion to sing and play music. Thank you Kat! Keep up the great work!

Posted May 27, 2020
Yuyou
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Pretty Good

Posted May 12, 2020
Lisa
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Posted Apr 24, 2020
Shana
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Posted Mar 26, 2020
Claire
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My daughter enjoyed herself!

Posted Mar 24, 2020
Vira
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Where to start about Kat??? She is simply incredible, kind, patient, caring, encouraging, creative, and did I mention she’s patient 😉
I’ve wanted to learn to play an instrument since I was a kid (I’m 45 now) and I was always too busy to do it, but at 44 life decided it was time to put everything aside and battle leukemia. The chemotherapy, unfortunately caused neuropathy issues in my hands and feet and my sweet husband trying to find ways to strengthen my hands and fingers, gifted me a set of Ukulele lessons with Kat, and he couldn’t have chosen anyone better. Kat recorded the sweetest birthday message for me, which my husband shared when he gave me my gift 😍. I was so touched and emotional. Knowing that I had lots of restrictions to go out of my house, Kat automatically offered to come to my house to do my lessons. She is amazing!!! Thank you Kat🙏🏽

Posted Feb 5, 2020
Alex

Kat helped me practice my skills to prepare for a songwriting camp. She is extremely knowledgeable and kind and I learned so much from her!!

Posted Nov 26, 2019
Aubree
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Kat has helped me with more than my vocal technique, she helped me with my songwriting as well. She truly cares and is so helpful and so talented! She’s amazing!!

Posted Oct 19, 2019
Gabby
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Kat is a wonderful teacher and very patient. Highly recommend her.

Posted Sep 25, 2019
Keith
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Kat is a very thoughtful and patient teacher. I started off with just Ukulele lessons but she soon encouraged me broadened my horizons and work on my singing as well. She's always very prepared and focuses as much on the why as the how, providing the context that fosters more wholistic learning. I highly recommend taking lessons from her!

Posted Sep 5, 2019
Keith
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Posted Sep 5, 2019
Jeremy M.
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Posted Jun 9, 2019
Noah
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Kat is a great teacher and very patient. She has a talent for working through basic issues in a way that is easily graspable but without talking down to the student.

Posted Apr 11, 2019
Ella A.
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Amazing with kids!

Posted Apr 8, 2019
Noah
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Posted Feb 14, 2019
KG
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Kay is a very talented and thoughtful teacher. Highly recommend her!

Posted Sep 13, 2018
Asia P.
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Terrific easy to work with!

Posted Feb 19, 2018
Shannon
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Super friendly, upbeat and patient! Can’t wait until the next lesson!

Posted Nov 9, 2017

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Experience

Singing / Songwriting and Social Media teacher
Jan 2017 - Present

Musician's Institute

I teach classes and one on one sessions at Musician's Institute in Hollywood where I help students achieve their dreams and goals in music.

Education

Bachelor of Performing Arts (Major: Jazz Vocals)
Jan 2002 - Jan 2006

University of Auckland

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Japanese

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Independent Music Awards VOX POP Winner
Mar 2018

Independent Music Awards

Guitar Center Singer Songwriter Competition Finalist 2015
Jan 2015

Guitar Center

#1 Vinyl Charts in Japan
Apr 2007

Billboard Japan

Affiliations

Women In Music
Jan 2018
Women In Music is a non-profit organization with a mission to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts through education, support, empowerment, and recognition. Our seminars, panels, showcases, achievement awards, and youth initiatives celebrate the female contribution to the music world, and strengthen community ties.
Rock and Roll Camp for Girls
Jun 2015
Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls San Diego is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that brings the community together to empower girls through music.
ASCAP
Jan 1999
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.

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