Kat McDowell
Los Angeles, CA
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Kat McDowell

Kat M.

Los Angeles, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
If you have felt like youtube videos don't give you enough guidance in folding Origami, I would be delighted to take you step by step taking things at your pace and level as we explore the craft of Origami together.

I was born in Japan and origami was something that came naturally to me as a child. The love of Origami was passed down to me from my Japanese Grandmother who decorated her room with all of her paper creations.

It's been in my blood and comes as second nature to me however I know how complex some of these folds can be and my goal as a teacher is to help anyone be able to fold anything, while throwing in stories from Japan and Origami trivia!

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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Emma D.
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It was wonderful!! She was a great teacher! Very kind!

Posted Jul 1, 2020
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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
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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
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Pretty Good

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

Posted Mar 24, 2020
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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

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

Posted Sep 25, 2019
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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
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Posted Sep 5, 2019
Jeremy M.
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Posted Jun 9, 2019
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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
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Posted Feb 14, 2019
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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
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Super friendly, upbeat and patient! Can’t wait until the next lesson!

Posted Nov 9, 2017

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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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