Kat McDowell

Kat M.

Los Angeles, CA
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Want to learn how to play 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!
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Kat delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

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 through skype 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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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


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


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.

Photos & Videos

This is one of my music videos of an original song called "A Little Rain"
Photo by Kat M.

Language of My Heart - Original song and lyric video

6 Reviews

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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!

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