Kathleen Branyon

Kathleen B.

Menlo Park, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
German is a spoken language, so being able to speak it well is important. I work on building vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing. For students who are planning to travel in German-speaking countries (Germany, Austria & Switzerland) we can also work on survival: basic words & phrases for travelers, and listening/understanding when spoken to.
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Kathleen teaches



Kathleen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 16 to 70

Teaching since:
January 1980

I am a classically-trained opera singer. I have a Bachelors and Masters in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy (teaching), and have sung professionally in the U.S. and Europe. I have sung Opera, Operetta, Musical Theater and Concerts, as well as choral and cantorial singing. I have been a finalist and winner of vocal competitions in both the United States and Europe.
I have been teaching voice since 1980, and have worked with students of all ages, from 14 to 75. I have also directed and designed for musical theater and opera. Because I love singing, I want to bring that to my students as well, whatever kind of music they want to sing. I love children, but I do not work with girls or boys younger than 14.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST Credential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that learning how to breath is the key to good singing. After 3 months of study, my students will have learned how to breathe, which improves both their singing and speaking voices. Good breathing is the key to good singing and a healthy voice. With a healthy, well-trained voice, my students can be valuable members of any vocal ensemble, and enjoy their singing, For solo singing, good breathing is most important, whether singing opera, musical theater or pop music, because it gives a beautiful, full quality to the voice.
I always begin a lesson with warm-up exercises, to check breathing and vocal placement. Once the (vocal) engine is warmed-up, then we begin to sing. I try to get to know my students, so that, together, we can choose music that will enable them to reach their goals and is both fun and challenging for them to sing.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST Credential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate studio with Piano
I have a MacBook Pro laptop computer + stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If a student wishes to have on-site lessons, I require that a piano or keyboard be available for the lessons.
I usually travel with my MacBook Pro laptop computer & stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Specialties ***
I am a trained opera/oratorio singer, but I teach Broadway, Pop, choral and classical singers.

I have had many international students who didn't speak English well. Music is an international language that helps me communicate with all of my students!

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Opera & Operetta Singer
Jan 1989 - Jun 1995
Theater Zeitz — Zeitz, Germany

Opera & Operetta Singer, performing lead roles in all Operas and Operettas as well as Musical Theater and Concerts performed in the theater season

Jan 1992 - Nov 1992
Theater Rudolstadt

Performed "Donna Anna" in DON GIOVANNI (Mozart)

Aug 1989 - Aug 1991
Münchener Opernbühne (Tournee Bühne)

Performed leading roles in four operettas

Operetta Singer/DER ZAREWITSCH
Aug 1990 - May 1991
Musikalische Komödie/Leipzig

Performed "Sonja" in DER ZAREWITSCH


Jul 1985 - Aug 1986
Universität Graz — Deutsch in Graz (Austria)
Master of Music
Aug 1978 - Jun 1983
University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (1978-1983)
Bachelor of Music
Aug 1974 - Jun 1978
Baylor University (1974-1978)


Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Dec 2007
Califirnia Teaching Commission

California Basic Educaational Skills Test


2nd Prize
Mar 1992
Robert Stolz Operetta Singer Competition
2nd Prize
Mar 1974
WORD, Inc. "Young Singer of the Year" Competition


National Association of Teachers of Singing
Apr 1978

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.

Photos & Videos

"Hanna Glawari" in DIE LUSTIGE WITWE by Lehar

Teaching a Voice Lesson

DIE KLUGE by Carl Orff
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5 Reviews

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Elizabeth (Betsy) Jun 3, 2016
Singing · In studio

I took away a whole array of new strategies and techniques to help preserve my voice and to increase my range. What a surprise- I had no idea I could sing so high!! Kathleen is a wonderful teacher and a really super lady. I'll be back for more lessons in the fall.

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Nadia N. Aug 10, 2015
Singing · In studio

My daughter is really enjoying her voice lessons. Kathleen is a talented, caring teacher and knows how to make the process effective and fun for my daughter. My daughter loves being able to choose the songs she wants to learn, and this collaborative process keeps her quite interested and inspired.

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Leah Y. L. May 6, 2014
Singing ·

Excellent Voice Teacher

Mrs. B is a wonderful and dedicated teacher who focuses diligently during class sessions. She thoroughly explains terms and technique and is friendly and sociable. Her extensive knowledge of languages comes extremely useful in Italian arias and other folk songs as to explain the meanings of words and to convey motion. Her classes are enjoyable and fun, while still being comprehensively academic.

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Marjie H. May 20, 2013
Opera Voice ·

I have improved a lot thanks to Kathleen

To date, 3 lessons, but still have improved enormously. High notes once scary are beginning to float. She, in few words, but vivid gesture has shown me well-grounded use of my body.

paulh Dec 29, 2010


She was good and gave helpful, useful techniques right from the get-go. Had it not been for the distance and my highly compacted schedule, I would have continued.

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