I love music! And I love working with people, so why not do something that involves both? I've been creating music my entire life and have had some great experiences with private lessons, as well as with classroom teaching. Two of my favorite quotes read: “Nothing is better than music…It has done more for us than we have the right to hope for,” and “Music is what feelings sound like.” Music can express so much that sometimes, it’s impossible to put into words.
I also believe that if you love music and are passionate about it, you will succeed at it. Whether you want to be an Opera star or just want to take lessons because you like music, I will do my best to help you succeed and be confident in what you do. Every person is different, but every person deserves the right to be proud of what they accomplish. Because of this belief, it is essential to me that every student feels safe and secure in their learning environment. As your teacher, I will be there to guide you and help you, NEVER to judge. My goal is to help you build confidence not only as a musician, but as a person too. I only want to see you succeed, and when you do, THAT is my joy. I also want you to enjoy making music. Even though you have to work at it, music shouldn’t be work.
Like many, when I was little, I can remember plunking out a few tunes on the piano, one of which was the infamous "Do-Re-Mi" from "The Sound Of Music". Shortly thereafter, my parents set me up for lessons. Since then, I've been studying piano and even composing some of my own music for piano, strings and choir. I love the beautiful sounds all the different instruments have the potential to create, and I enjoy getting creative with it too! I've also been studying voice for the past 9 years, and can tell you that I'm a HUGE choir geek; sometimes nothing can equal the sound of the human voice, or a few dozen of them put together. In fact, one of those times was what cemented my decision as to what I wanted to do with my life.
That decision was that I wanted to involve music in my life, however possible. I went on to study music at Concordia College in Moorhead Minnesota, where I continued to study piano and voice. I was involved with 4 different choirs, spending my last two years in The Concordia Choir under the direction of Dr. Rene' Clausen. Every year I participated in The Concordia Christmas Concerts, and every year I knew I was right where I was supposed to be. I graduated with a B.A. in Music, and found out that I sorely missed all of the music interaction I was used to on a daily basis. So, I joined a community choir called The Northern Lights Choral, directed by former Anoka High School choir director Bruce Phelps. I love being in this choir and working with the individuals whose experience spans such a broad range. I didn’t think that I could be involved with music except for teaching after I graduated, but I was gladly proven wrong and I realized there are many wonderful opportunities to be had outside of a school-related world. I am currently working on obtaining my teaching license in K-12 music, and someday, hope to be teaching in my own classroom, and introducing the wonderful world of music to my students.
I love music now more than ever, and enjoy listening to pretty much all kinds, and I especially enjoy listening to soundtracks and instrumental CD’s. Some of my favorites and biggest influences--both classical and modern--are Jim Brickman, Antonio Vivaldi, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Klaus Badelt, Christopher Peacock, Lorie Line, and Tchaikovsky.
I could talk about music all day long if I were allowed, but I’ll stop for now, and instead look forward to talking about music and creating it with you!
*** Lesson Details ***
I feel it's important to note that because of methods and techniques that are taught, as well as how the body develops, **I do not usually take on voice students who are younger than 14 years old.**
A great alternative is starting them out in piano lessons -- it's a WONDERFUL way to help give them a head start! Lessons will help develop their ear (great for learning to match vocal pitch to an instrument), teach them how to read music (a must for any musician), and learn about the world of music and all it entails.
In general, I'm a fairly laid back person; I want to help you learn what YOU want to. I will encourage you to practice, but I won't give you a huge lecture if you don't. However, also keep in mind that if you don't practice, you significantly decrease your chances of improvement, therefore halting progress and the opportunity to move onto new things.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano, plenty of furniture/room for students and for parents to stay and listen.
*** Specialties ***
Piano & Voice
I have been teaching as a Substitute Teacher in the Anoka-Hennepin school district for a year now and love it each day.
I completed my 15-week Student Teaching experience in the Anoka-Hennepin school district in both a "General Music" classroom setting, and a "Choral Music" classroom setting. I then went on to continue helping in the Choral Music classroom until the end of the school year.
This license verifies that I am capable and able to sub for any grade level, or at any elementary, middle, or high school that is operated by the state of Minnesota.
Kaite seems to be a wonderful teacher and works well with my daughter. I love having her as a teacher. At this time we have leave because of money. We hope to be back.
Learn Twilight Theme Song and Modern Jazz/Techno(ish) key boarding? Aaring said you've been looking for stuff for her :)
Kathryn has great technical knowledge and good teaching skills. She lacks confidence in her abilities, but I'm sure with more experience, she will become an excellent instructor. She's fun to work with and gentle of heart - altogether, a great experience working with her.
Kathryn is a great teacher.. Very patient and positive. Never hesitates to work at the students' pace and has no problem reviewing certain parts more than once. Very concerned about the student and makes lessons simple and fun! Definitely reccommend!!!