Kat McDowell

Kat M.

Los Angeles, CA
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Try the first lesson and if you’re not satisfied we'll refund any unused lessons.

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 13 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 will only be teaching part time. 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 usually teach my clients at their home or online but depending on the time can also make the home studio available. 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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  • Speaks English, Japanese
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Bachelor of Performing Arts (Major: Jazz Vocals) from University of Auckland

Reviews (12)

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Alex Nov 26, 2019

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!!

Aubree Oct 19, 2019
Singing · In studio

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!!

Gabby Sep 25, 2019
Ukulele · Online

Kat is a wonderful teacher and very patient. Highly recommend her.

Keith Sep 5, 2019
Singing · Online

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!

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Keith Sep 5, 2019
Ukulele · Online

Jeremy M. Jun 9, 2019
Singing · Online

Noah Apr 11, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · Online

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.

Ella A. Apr 8, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Amazing with kids!

Noah Feb 14, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · Online

KG Sep 13, 2018
Ukulele · Online

Kay is a very talented and thoughtful teacher. Highly recommend her!

Asia P. Feb 19, 2018
Ukulele · In home

Terrific easy to work with!

Shannon Nov 9, 2017
Ukulele · In home

Super friendly, upbeat and patient! Can’t wait until the next lesson!


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.


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

University of Auckland



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


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


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.
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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