Katherine Sylvan

Katherine S.

Sacramento, CA

About Katherine S.

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Katherine teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: January 2011
Last sign in: Last week

Overview

Kat S., Soprano, has her Bachelor's of Music in Classical Voice, as well as teaching singing lessons in San Jose and Sacramento, CA. A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, she strives to support her students in finding their voice, no matter what level they are at. A proponent of being able to use your voice healthily for all singing styles, she is versed in classical, jazz, musical theater, and pop styles. She also has experience teaching beginning theory.

Now a teacher for elementary school music in San Jose, CA, she is also a professional singer for Holy Family Church. Previous jobs she's had are section leader for St. Mark's Methodist Church, professional singer for Fremont Presbyterian in Sacramento, and director for music for young adult Masses at the Sacramento Newman Catholic Community. Her own private teacher is the renowned Dr. Robin Fisher, Soprano. Dr. Fisher is one of two classical voice instructors at CSU Sacramento, and has performed in both the United States and Europe.

Lesson Details:
I teach from a comprehensive approach, taking into account mind and body: the science of voice as well as the art.

Studio Equipment:
- Piano
- Multiple books of music for: classical or opera voice, jazz voice, musical theater, children's music

Travel Equipment:
- Multiple books of music for: classical or opera voice, jazz voice, musical theater, children's music

Specialties:
Opera - Jazz Voice - Pop - Folk - Classical

Photos and Videos

Spanish set from my Junior Recital, Fall 2012.

Experience

Elementary Music Teacher

Sep 2014 - Present
Music for Minors

Teach Kindergarten through 3rd grade general music.

Elementary Music Teacher

Aug 2014 - Present
Private School

Teach preschoolers through 3rd grade basics of music, including singing, rhythm, and beginning music theory.

Private Teacher

Feb 2013 - Present
S. Voice Studio

Private Voice Studio run by Katherine S.

Music Director

Aug 2013 - Jun 2014
Sacramento Newman Center

Direct and organize music and band for Wednesday and Sunday night Masses.

Choral Section Leader

Aug 2012 - Jun 2014
St. Mark's United Methodist

Lead section during practices as well as services on Sundays. Sing solos as requested.

Education

Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice

Aug 2011 - May 2014
CSU Sacramento

Associate's in Music

Aug 2007 - Jun 2011
West Valley College

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Shield the Vulnerable Certification

Feb 2012
Shield the Vulnerable

A course teaching volunteers and employees to have safe environments for kids and teens they encounter in the classroom and youth ministries.

Awards

Saturday Club Scholarship

Feb 2014
Saturday Club Sacramento

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing

Aug 2013
NATS

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

Mu Phi Epsilon

Oct 2011

Mu Phi Epsilon (ΜΦΕ) is a co-ed international professional music fraternity. Today, Mu Phi Epsilon has chapters both nationally and internationally. The fraternity supports achievement in music through the awarding of grants and scholarships, as well as music competitions, concerts, and summer music programs. Much of this work has been supported by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, an organization that has been in existence since 1963, as well as fundraising and donations.

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16 Reviews on Katherine S.

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Roxanna B. Jul 25, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Very informative, detailed, and helpful! Gives a lot of instruction in varying methods to better teach you.
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Annie S. Jul 20, 2016
Christian Gospel · In home
Verified Student
Kat is great! We focus a lot on posture, air flow and creating the sound with the mouth. I feel like I've already learned a lot and I've only had a few lessons!
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Kayleen Jul 15, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
This was not my daughter's first lesson with Katherine. My daughter took lessons from Katherine a few months ago, and I stayed a couple of times. Katherine is very competent in knowing what skills my daughter needed to work on, and she is so wonderful with children!
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Kayleen Mar 7, 2016
Broadway Singing · In home
Verified Student
Katherine was so helpful with finding the right vocal exercises to match what my daughter needed for improvement. She also easily picked out what my daughter needed to work on and focused on that. Katherine is an excellent teacher who is very skilled at pinpointing problems and skilled at helping to improve.
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Maria Medvedev Mar 4, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I had fun doing singing lessons but could not continue at
this time due to financial reasons. I would come back again in the future.
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Maria Medvedev Feb 1, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Katherine is easy going and will work with you on the pieces/music that interest you.
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Yael W. Jan 19, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
This is based on one lesson. The low rating is about the location.
Kat is knowkageanle, warm, kind - the kind of teacher I'd like to have.
Unfortunately the location isn't. Would happily continue in a different location.
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Shona M. Jan 16, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I had reservations about singing lessons. I really wanted to be able to sing with more confidence. Not the American idol bloopers type of confidence but an I have a voice worth listening to kind of confidence. During my first lesson Katherine showed me techniques and exercises to try. I found myself becoming more comfortable with using my voice. It was a pleasant surprise since I was a bit skeptical about the outcome. I'm looking forward to my next lesson she is a fantastic teacher.
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Hailey S. Dec 1, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Katherine is a very good singing instructor. It is very clear she is knowledgeable and has an affinity for singing. I have seen much quicker improvements in my daughters singing in a much shorter time than with any other teacher. My daughter is very happy to have found her!
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Dorothy F. Sep 22, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Katherine went out of her way to make me feel relaxed and comfortable throughout the lesson and that meant the world to me. Especially because a big part of my problem is feeling self-conscious and having a "can't do that" attitude. She's working on turning that around. I enjoyed my first lesson and would recommend her highly.