Mariia Zhytnikova
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Mariia Zhytnikova

Mariia Z.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Vocal coaching has always been very dear to my heart, and it has served as the inspiration for my establishment of a successful private music school. There are no age limits or skill requirements for application. All you need is love for music and a genuine desire to study. So if you want to learn how to sing, we can start right now! I work with children and adults of all levels, putting emphasis on developing physical, emotional, and psychological freedom and flexibility of my students.
I’ve been involved in music my entire life, singing in school choir, studying percussion at Glier Kyiv Institute of Music, playing in all-female rockabilly band Rockland Ladies and writing songs for various solo projects. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in voice performance and music education from Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts, and have over 10 years’ experience teaching voice to more than 200 students to date.

About Mariia Z.

I’ve been involved in music my entire life, singing in school choir, studying percussion at Glier Kyiv Institute of Music, playing in all-female rockabilly band Rockland Ladies and writing songs for various solo projects. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in voice performance and music education from Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts, and have over 10 years’ experience teaching voice to more than 200 students to date.

My voice teaching method has long been successfully used. This method combines professional voice training and personal development techniques used to remove all kinds of physio-psychological barriers which often prevent students from achieving their potential. This approach helps my voice students achieve their goals faster and get more stable results. For example, it takes me only about a year and a half to prepare a person with zero singing experience for semi-professional stage performance.
In addition to one-on-one vocal lessons I also offer group lessons and workshops for amateur singers and artists as well as professional development courses for voice instructors. I make appearances on TV, judge singing competitions and provide consulting services to those looking to improve their vocal or singing techniques.

Among my students are dozens of professional artists, contestants and winners of international vocal competitions. We took part in The X-Factor Ukraine (several students successfully passed judges’ auditions and performed at “bootcamp”), popular TV show Honey, We’re Killing the Kids in which I gave voice lessons to adult and teen participants, The Voice (Ukraine), and Junior Eurovision. I have also worked with many beginner vocalists who have since mastered the art of singing.

As a singer-songwriter with two recorded albums, I also offer professional consultation in the recording studio to help artists make the most of their studio time and get the best possible takes for their records.

I teach in Russian and Ukrainian which are my native languages. For English-speaking students a professional interpreter will be provided at no extra cost.

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Maria
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Personally, I am still surprised at the progress I have made in a few months singing with Katherine. I think the key reason I progressed so well is that Katherine has knowledge and experience to help develop voice from any level. Our lessons would start with a series of fun exercises, which I LOVE, to warm up and practice techniques, with half of the lesson dedicated to singing songs of my own choosing. Besides the technical knowledge, Katherine have given me a good balance of support, making me believe in my abilities, and specific guidance on how I can improve further. Our lessons have left me with a warm feeling and joy each time I was able to do something I hadn't imagined I could do before. Thank you!

Posted Apr 3, 2019
Yana Krasnikova
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I have been working with Katherine for more than 5 years now. She is a great teacher that finds an individual approach to each of her students. She chooses different ways of teaching for every individual that would make the most progress. Together, we practice and experiment all kinds of techniques that help me improve as a singer. Katherine improved my singing skills tremendously. We started from the beginner level and now I am an advanced vocalist. I started classes in Ukraine at Katherine's location, but two years ago I moved to US and now I am practicing online classes with her. It is as effective as in-class lessons. However, it is more doable and takes much less time! I am improving my skills as a vocalist and having a wonderful experience with such a high-qualified voice instructor without leaving my house.

Posted Feb 3, 2017

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Experience

Head of Vocal Studies department
Sep 2011 - Present

private music school

Founder and voice teacher of music school

Voice teacher
Sep 2006 - Aug 2011

Kyiv state music school no. 27

Singer, backing singer
Jul 2004 - Oct 2009

New world media festivals LLC

Education

Specialist Degree in Music Arts
Sep 2004 - Jun 2005

Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts

Bachelor’s Degree in voice performance and music education
Sep 2000 - Jun 2004

Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts

Associate's Degree in Percussion
Sep 1992 - Jun 1996

Glier Kyiv Institute of Music

7-year music school program in piano, musical literature and choir
Sep 1985 - May 1992

Kyiv State music school no. 4

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Russian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Ukrainian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Singing course "Biophonics"
Jan 2020

School of Biophonics

I've successfully completed singing course "Biophonics" and "Riffs and runs intensive program" by voice coach Cooper Phillip (LA, USA)

Awards

Excellence Award
Dec 2009

Kyiv City Council

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