- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 4+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- July 2001
NOTE: I teach Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the Santa Cruz area with good availability.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays I teach in San Francisco. My San Francisco roster has VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY but I do have a waiting list started. Feel free to reach out if you would like to be added to the waiting list.
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 Tuesdays and Wednesdays in San Francisco, and the rest of the week in the Santa Cruz area!
PLEASE NOTE - because I commute into SF to teach I do not offer in-home lessons. I teach at a lovely studio in the inner sunset!
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".
I've spent a lot of time thinking about what I want from lessons again, so when I read Kat's bio she felt like a good fit for me. We had an excellent first lesson! I appreciate that Kat seeks to understand the cognitive learning process of each of her students and spends time listening and asking questions in order to understand where her students are in terms of their skills and knowledge of what they're interested in. I felt she tailored the lesson for me and for my individual needs. Equally important, I really like her and we had fun. I'm excited to be taking lessons again.+ Read More
Kathryn is great. Her positive approach really builds confidence and makes you look forward to the next session.
My first lesson with Kathryn was fantastic. As an adult student, I was a bit embarrassed by knowing absolutely nothing about piano, and Kathryn would have none of it! She was wonderfully disarming, positive, and really knew how to structure the lesson so that I'd walk out motivated. I'm thrilled to continue lessons with her on the piano.+ Read More
Doing great so far!
She was a very patient, knowledgeable & encouraging teacher. I would highly recommend her.
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!+ Read More
Great instructor! My daughter loves her.
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!"+ Read More
She is very good with a returning older adult who hasn't played for years - patient and has a good way of explaining things.
Kat is #1.
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.+ Read More
Great lesson! My 8 year old loved his first lesson with Kathryn
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.+ Read More
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!
What a great piano teacher! Very friendly. Highly recommended, especially anyone who has young kids.
We just met Kathryn and both my son and myself thought she was great. We both feel confident she may be the one! More to come at a later day!
Kat is a great teacher! She explained things so clearly and made my first lesson so much fun and brought me confidence!
Kat is great. She has a great balance if direct teaching and allowing the student to problem-solve and figure it out for themselves. She is lighthearted and supportive. I'm really enjoying my lessons with her!
Patience & Skill Level
Kathryn consistently displays a compassion and patience in the lesson time. Her skill level is obviously very high, and I have found that often reduces the level of patience in those who take on teaching piano. Kathryn is a model of great care in this respect and the progress in her students shows it.
Kat is a very caring and professional teacher who puts great effort into making learning piano fun & easy... Highly Recommend :)
Talented, fun, effective
I always look forward to the time I get to spend with Kat doing music. She's incredibly talented, both as a teacher and a performer, which makes me want to get better, too. She tailors her approach, so I feel like I'm learning the kinds of things I started for in the first place. And it's great to have someone so knowledgable about music theory to help me with that side of things as well. I can't wait until my toddler is a little older so he can start lessons with her, too. Highly recommended!
Creative Yet Classic
Kathryn has a classically trained background and music degree that can help provide a great foundation for study. She also writes and creates her own music, which means she can provide great instruction on music theory and improvisation, too. Great combination of classic and creative.
Kathryn is the best teacher! She rules!
I am a waaaayyyy better player thanks to her.
She is so nice and funny. And her tattoos rock!
I love her! Thank the good Lord that she is a
Patient lady cause I know I'm not the best player
But she takes everything slow for me so I can understand.
Kat is a wonderful piano teacher. She is superbly talented and is able to translate her passion and knowledge into something tangible and meaningful for her students. She teaches piano theory but also leverages tactics she knows well to better entice her students to practice and perform. Kat is also super personable and fun to be around. She is also very flexible; pretty much the ideal piano teacher!
Hands down, my child loves working with Mrs. Gaudette! She is patient, caring, and always constructive with her feedback. She is a reliable and pleasant instructor and I strongly recommend her to my friends!
Fun & Versatile Teacher
Kat is a fantastic music teacher... unlike any I've ever had before. Her knowledge of music is impressive, especially over a range of very different styles. She is patient, encouraging, and very passionate about what she does. Most of all, she's really fun! Highly recommended!
Kat is a great teacher that makes learning music really easy! I would recommend her to anyone!
So much fun!
Kat is great to work with. She always makes lessons fun, even if I haven't practiced enough. I always walk away excited that I'm learning to play piano!
Considerate teaching style
Starting taking piano lesson at 74 !! Friends said "nuts." But I've got guts, and the teacher got patience and consideration - finding pieces that really interest me. Who knows, I'm just about mastering one piece by Chopin and one by Schumann.
Piano Teacher Review
Both my children have been taking private piano lessons from Kat for about a year now. I chose Kat, because of her patience and personal attention.
I grew up forced to learn instruments and as a result, did not enjoy it. I wanted the opposite for my children. Kat has been able to make piano fun and interesting. She gives her full attention to my sons and chooses songs for them that are tailored to their needs and uses books just right for them to play from. I would recommend Kat if you want your child to explore and deepen their knowledge of music for life.
Kathryn is a great teacher. She is patient with her students, and likes to have fun. She is extremely talented and has so much to share with her students.
An Amazing Musician
Kathryn Gaudette is an incredibly talented artist in several areas of music. She also a compassionate, generous and deeply dedicated teacher.
Classically trained and educated Kathryn sings, composes, plays several instruments - including keyboard and flute & even does excellent sound design.
Her work with Wily West Productions, a cutting edge theatre company in San Francisco, is nothing short of phenomenal. Kathryn has created incidental music for several original plays, working with a variety of directors, to deliver
"just the right music" they need for their shows. She has composed countless pieces of music in a vast array of styles from classic waltzes to rockin' mania. She has been a musical director for us delivering several surprise performances from her expert coaching - not only from the actors/singer but from members of the band. Kathryn has
also crafted/created unique and compelling foley sounds for us live - and also for recordings that greatly enhanced our productions. But wait! There's more!
Kathryn has an awesome rock band, Sit Kitty Sit, that has toured across the country and regularly performs at some of the hottest musical spots in San Francisco.
Kathryn is an amazing music coach, not just because she knows her stuff, but because she is a naturally sweet and nurturing person who deeply cares about the people she is working with - plus she has a wicked sense of humor. So, whether you need some music written, or you want to learn to play an instrument, or polish that sonata, or rip up that rock tune - look no further than Kathryn Gaudette - she is spectacularly awesome. Your outlook on music and what is possible will never be the same!
Kat is a great teacher. She has taught me about reading notes and has helped me in reading while playing. I am grateful for her help and positive attitude.
Kat is awesome
Kat is a fantastic teacher. Having never taken any music lessons before, I was a bit nervous going into it, but Kat's enthusiasm, patience, knowledge, and depth of experience have made this a truly enjoyable experience. She is a classically trained musician who plays in a rock band - she really knows her stuff and keeps the lessons fresh, fun, and relevant.
Also as an adult taking lessons for the first time, she has made sure the lessons stay challenging and engaging. I plan to keep taking lessons from Kat for the foreseeable future.