Katherine Sylvan

Katherine S.

San Jose, CA
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About

Katherine delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
January 2011

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

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Experience

Elementary Music Teacher
Aug 2014 - Present
Private School

Teach preschoolers through 5th 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.

Elementary Music Teacher
Sep 2014 - Jun 2016
Music for Minors

Teach Kindergarten through 3rd grade general music.

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

Certifications

CPR Certification
Sep 2016
CPRToday! Inc.

A course focused on how to administer CPR and an AED in situations for adults, children, and babies.

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

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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Photos & Videos

Spanish set from my Junior Recital, Fall 2012.
Performance of Woods, arranged by Sac State jazz director Kerry Marsh for his final concert. Miss S. was part of the duo and trio parts.
Photo by Katherine S.

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18 Reviews

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Mustafa Jul 17, 2017
Singing · In home

She was great, made me feel comfortable at home, easy to get along with, and helps to sculpt to music you like.

Marjorie Oct 10, 2016
Broadway Singing · In studio

She is very good at telling me what is expected for each lesson and long term

Roxanna B. Jul 25, 2016
Singing · In studio

Very informative, detailed, and helpful! Gives a lot of instruction in varying methods to better teach you.

Annie S. Jul 20, 2016
Christian Gospel · In home

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!

Kayleen Jul 15, 2016
Singing · In studio

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

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

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.

Maria Medvedev Feb 1, 2016
Singing · In home

Katherine is easy going and will work with you on the pieces/music that interest you.

Yael W. Jan 19, 2016
Singing · In studio

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.

Shona M. Jan 16, 2016
Singing · In studio

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

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

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.

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Valarie W. Jul 21, 2015
Singing · In studio

Personable, So skilled!

LauraAmy Marise P. Jun 14, 2015
Singing · In home

Katherine not only is a very professional and thorough teacher, but she is a very lovely person as well. I felt comfortable right away, I would absolutely recommend her to other singers wanting to learn or brush up!!!

Michelle C. May 11, 2015
Singing · Online

Katherine was a wonderful instructor for my 7 year old little girl. She is very patient and understanding. I appreciate how positive she is and the uplifting encouragement she provided my daughter. Once school starts back in the fall, we hope to see Katherine again for more lessons. I can't say enough about how great she is and I'm so glad we chose her. You will not be disappointed if you choose her!

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Elizabeth S. Apr 16, 2015
Singing · In studio

I really enjoyed taking lessons from Kat. She's a fun teacher who knows her stuff. She explained to me the mechanics of singing in a way that I could easily understand. She was great at pinpointing the exact areas that I needed to work on and gave me specific directions to enhance my abilities. She made me feel very comfortable and helped me get over my fear of singing in front of others. I look forward to more lessons with Kat in the future.

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TASAUNA E. Mar 2, 2014
Singing ·

PERFECT MATCH FOR MY 5 y/o!!!

Kat works very well with little ones. She was very relaxed from the very first visit which definitely made it even easier on my 5 y/o daughter. During our last lesson my daughter had the case of the "sillies". Kat's tone remained the same & never once showed any signs of frustration. She was and is absolutely wonderful with her! Kat has an amazing voice & my daughter cant stop talking about her & cant wait for her lessons. We definitely made the perfect choice!

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Genevieve S. Feb 25, 2014
Classical Voice ·

Excellent Voice Teacher for My 8 Year Old Daughter

Kat has been an excellent voice instructor for my 8 year old daughter. She is kind and patient, yet has a buoyant energy that engages my daughter in a way the some teachers cannot. The techniques and skills she is imparting to my daughter are invaluable. I highly recommend Kat for anyone (of any age too!) looking for high quality voice lessons.

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