Kathryn Gaudette

Kathryn G.

San Francisco, CA

About Kathryn G.

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Kathryn teaches: Ages 4 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: July 2001
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Overview

From the moment Kat was tall enough to reach the keys she made so much noise on her family's piano that they eventually bought a kid-sized version to keep in her room. When Kat turned 7 her family got her the best present ever; lessons with an amazing piano teacher.

Kat also began to study flute several years later and soon realized that music was the life for her. She majored in music in both high school and college graduating with a BA in Music from St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin.

Kat has a very diverse career in music. From a full time private music teacher to the Musical Director of a Burning Man Opera, to the Section Leader for a Youth Orchestra, to the keyboard player in a Theatrical Heavy Metal Band, Kat is always thrilled to stretch her wings and try new things.


*** Lesson Details ***

I teach Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in San Francisco, and the rest of the week in the Santa Cruz area!

I have a ridiculous sense of humor. I believe in stickers, high fives, and celebratory fist-bumps. And yes, that goes for the adults as well.

I always looked forward to my lessons because they were so fun, even if I knew I hadn't practiced enough. That is exactly what I try to create for every student I work with.

Besides the humor, I customize lesson plans to fit you. Not just the types of music you want to learn, but HOW you learn. My number one goal is that you completely understand what you are learning. I don't mind in the least if I need to explain a new lesson 10 different ways-€“ we will work together until you really get it! Understanding what you're doing makes it so much more fun.

Have a favorite song stuck in your head, but the sheet music is still too hard? No problem. I'm happy to write the song out for you at your own level. I want you to enjoy yourself, and if that means Lady GaGa then I'm happy to oblige. I will probably stick Mozart in when you're not looking just to make sure you're learning a lot of different things, but that's what teachers are for.

Of course we cover fundamentals and start with the basics. I typically incorporate music theory and ear training with your lessons as well . In 6 months on piano, with regular practice, you will be comfortably reading music and playing songs you enjoy with both hands AT THE SAME TIME! (Gasp!) On flute in 6 months you will also be able to read music comfortably, will no longer feel like you are about to drop the flute at any given moment, will have a solid range of notes and have a solid feeling of control while you play.

I look forward to sharing music with you!




*** Studio Equipment ***
piano, seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
My number one goal is comprehension -to make sure that all of my students really understand what they are doing. I work very hard to ensure an atmosphere where all of my students - no matter their age - can feel comfortable to say "I don't understand".

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31 Reviews on Kathryn G.

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Padraig (. Dec 7, 2016
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
She was a very patient, knowledgeable & encouraging teacher. I would highly recommend her.
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Lindsay Nov 18, 2016
Piano · In studio
Kat is absolutely the best! She takes all of the intimidation factor out of things and is an excellent instructor. I'm an adult student, returning after decades away from the piano, and feel so good about my progress thanks to Kat's approach. No matter how I feel going in, I leave our sessions feeling confident and excited to learn more. She is a gifted musician and instructor!
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Ayda Oct 21, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great instructor! My daughter loves her.
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Kayli Oct 5, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My 5 y o just had her first lesson with Kathryn and I was so impressed with how engaging and patient Kathryn was. They covered quite a bit considering my child is completely new to playing music. As soon as we walked out of the room, my daughter said "I can't wait for my next piano lesson!"
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Susan Jun 28, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is very good with a returning older adult who hasn't played for years - patient and has a good way of explaining things.
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Anthony Jun 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Kat is #1.
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Kevin A. Jun 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Absolutely enjoyed my first experience with Kathryn! She seemed very in touch with understanding the learning styles of students which I find to be a gift that most people do not have. I am looking forward to working with Kat, and am confident I will gain the piano instructions that I am looking for.
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David P. Jun 15, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great lesson! My 8 year old loved his first lesson with Kathryn
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Kimberly P. Jan 20, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Kat is the best! I'm 29 yrs old and never played the piano. I was really shy about taking lessons at such an old age and she made me feel super comfortable and she is great at figuring out how you specifically learn. She is super friendly and really great teacher.
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Jonathan F. Oct 16, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kat is a terrific teacher! I can highly recommend her without any reservation whatsoever. I was brand new to the piano, with only minimal Middle/High School experience, and she's helped me build a very solid foundation. She has a wide variety of musical knowledge and teaching experience, and uses this combination to help find areas to focus on and develop. She's also in a rock band and the position on her business card is Piano Destroyer, which is probably one of the coolest titles I've ever heard.

If you're considering learning the piano for the first time, or want to develop your talent to a rock-star level, take Kat's lessons!
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