Kathryn Zimmer

Kathryn Z.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Reading of music and basic piano technique are emphasized, incorporating aspects of music theory and musicality.

About Kathryn Z.

Kathy believes that variety is the spice of not only life, but also music. Raised singing folk music with a musical family (think accordions, guitars and lots of vocal harmonies), she learned guitar and piano at an early age, but began singing even earlier.

Her quest to give the world the best her vocal cords could offer led her to obtain an undergraduate degree in vocal performance from the University of Nebraska (where she graduated honorable mention, named with the vocal department's Outstanding Senior in Music award, and also obtained a minor in theatre) and a master's degree in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Both of these degrees emphasized classical singing technique, and through this study Kathy gained a solid foundation for her musical craft.

Once out of school, Kathy then sought to begin creating HER music and HER sound, a challenge which continues to manifest itself even today in a variety of ways. Kathy is now a singer/songwriter and performs often with her own band in which she sings, plays guitar, writes her own songs and arranges them for intricate backup harmonies and multiple instrumentation. A variety of influences are apparent in her music, including the musical genres of folk, pop, jazz, and yes, even hip hop. She has recorded three albums of her music and all have been received to critical acclaim.

She sings as a professional cantor at St. John the Baptist Church in Manhattan, and teaches private voice, guitar and piano lessons throughout the city of New York. She served for a time as the general music teacher for St. Dominic's School in the Bronx, where she was responsible for Pre-K through 8th grade music classes, and, true to form, she is often called upon in a multitude of situations to perform in a variety of musical genres. She is always pleased with the ever-changing musical scenery around her.

*** Lesson Details ***
A lesson with Kathy equals half of the allotted time being used to learn good technique (i.e., learning healthy vocal habits, singing vocalizes, learning to read music, playing scales, etc.) and the other half of the time singing and playing repertoire. The repertoire includes both pieces chosen by Kathy (always approved by the student) which excite and inspire the student's particular musical tastes while providing a new challenge in technique to be conquered, and also pieces brought in by the student; for example, if a student is working on music for a specific performance, etc., or if they just really like a piece and want to learn how to play or sing it, Kathy is always ready and willing to lend a hand and an ear!

Vocally, Kathy believes good basic technique is the same for every genre of music. Therefore, great emphasis is placed on learning to breathe and support your sound correctly as well as maintain good posture, rid your body of unwanted tensions, etc.; musical styles beyond that basic technique change only in small stylistic ways, and Kathy is knowledgeable in quiet a variety of most musical styles.

With guitar, Kathy focuses on learning to read and play musical notation and chords without using guitar tablature. Again, a variety of musical styles are used for instruction, including everything from classical to punk!

And with piano, Kathy focuses on learning to read and play musical notation as well as mastering scales and chord progressions, inversions, etc. She loves opportunities to combine voice lessons with guitar lessons, or voice lessons with piano lessons, as one instrument feeds into the other in interesting and helpful ways.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I travel with my travel guitar and music for lessons. I expect guitar students to have their own guitar, and piano or voice students to have some sort of keyboard, even a small one.

*** Specialties ***
all-levels voice, beginning guitar, beginning piano
I specialize in a classical voice method, which I believe is a good foundation for all styles of singing. I have experience with classical singing, music theatre (I have a minor from my undergraduate education in Theatre) and folk. I'm an experienced songwriter and am able to guide students in that area.

I teach notes and chords for my guitar students. I don't teach guitar tablature; instead, I teach basic guitar music on the staff.

Also, I teach beginning piano, including basic music theory, note spelling, etc.

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Thiago
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My experience with Kathy has been great. It's been roughly five months and I learned a lot and I'm also much more confident to sing. Learning the right techniques is crucial. Kathy is extremely patient and she adapts the classes to the student goals and aspirations. English is not my first language and she was also always very respectful and patient in explaining everything twice or maybe three times until I get it.

Posted May 20, 2020
Kathleen
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Kathryn has a terrific demeanor, and provides clear, thoughtful suggestions for technique!

Posted Sep 17, 2019
Rupesh G.
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I have two daughters who took piano and voice lessons with Kathy for more than 6 years. Kathy is a very positive person who is passionate about music, and this resulted in lessons that were uplifting and enjoyable. Looking back on their time with Kathy, it is amazing that not once in 6 years did I feel that she was snappy or short or just going through the motions. Kathy had a positive impact on my children and their love of music, and I highly recommend her as an instructor.

Posted Oct 13, 2018
Jennifer M.
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Kathy is awesome - totally patient, encouraging, fun to play with, and keeps you on track to improve your skill/complexity level with each lesson.

Posted Jul 13, 2018
Leonard O.
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Great Experience ...Highly recommended!!!!

Posted Sep 16, 2017
Wanda S.
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Kathry, z is a great teacher, would like to continue piano classes with her

Posted Jun 26, 2017
Belle R.
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Kathryn was great! The location wasn't great but the lesson was awesome.

Posted Oct 7, 2016
Catheryn L.
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I couldn't have asked for a better instructor. Kathy is talented and knowledgable about all aspects of singing and is extremely patient in teaching it. I have fun at every lesson and in just 5 lessons I've gained better breath support, a higher head voice range, and more resonant sound.

Posted Aug 5, 2016
Nimota A.
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Started with voice lessons with Kathryn and she is without a doubt the best teacher I have had by a mile! She is very supportive and takes her time to get you to your desired goals. I switched to piano lessons after about 9 months of voice with Kathy and I am having an amazing time!!! wish i could give ten stars!!!

Posted Dec 14, 2015
Buffy B.
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She's patient, kind and fun! Recommend!

Posted Dec 2, 2015
Bo Young L.
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Kathy has been working with my 4 year old daughter for several months now and she is phenomenal. Very patient and thoughtful. I can't believe how quickly my daughter is picking up the piano.

Posted Nov 30, 2015
Flora
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Kathy is so great with my daughters!

Posted Nov 7, 2015
Amelia Lowe
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Super down to earth and makes the learning process fun. I am booking 5 more lessons now!

Posted Nov 4, 2015
RJ D.
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Great teacher! She made me feel very comfortable

Posted Oct 7, 2015
Keri B.
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Kathy has been wonderful, she's a great teacher and a lot of fun.

Posted Sep 17, 2015
Megan K.
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She is a fantastic teacher. Recommend!

Posted Sep 9, 2015
HsiaoLin C.
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Had been with Kathy for 4 years, I enjoyed every lesson with her. She is knowledgeable and inspiring. I was a totally beginner and she guided me through each step with patience. She not only taught me the piano skill but also how to appreciate music and how to observe the music integrated in everyday life.

Posted Mar 20, 2015
Brian K.
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Smart, enthusiastic, and has a great teaching style.

Posted Jan 7, 2015
Buffy B.
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My son has been taking piano lessons from Kathy for almost three years now. He is a high functioning special needs child. Kathy has shown patience, understanding and wisdom that I myself find hard to dredge up sometimes.
Love her!!!
She's the best!!!

Posted Nov 5, 2014
Gregory T.
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Lessons with Kathryn have been a great start to learning how to sing. As a complete beginner, she made it comfortable and engaging. I jumped right in and have been enjoying the lessons (not to mention learning a lot along the way)

Posted Aug 5, 2014
Dianne P.

This is a great experience

I love, love, love working with Kathryn. She is the consummate professional. This is such a learning experience for me. I would recommend her highly.

Posted Oct 30, 2012
EvelynC

I am really enjoying the lessons. Her warm up activities are well thought out and really hit important spots that I need. thank you!

Posted Jan 16, 2012
DarianS

Kathryn is a very patient and friendly instructor. She is also very knowledgeable and able to guide me very well in the development of my singing. I would definitely recommend her as a very good teacher. She has also been very responsive and has shifted the focus of my lessons to target my areas of interest and need.

Posted Nov 13, 2011
AnitaA

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I loved taking singing instruction from Kathy for 3 reasons:1) She takes interest in what student wants to master at. I wanted to work on classical notes which she very helped me to.2) She makes the class very fun and relaxing. I literally felt how unwinding music can me after peak audit/ tax work with the clients3) She is very candid in giving feedback and making sure what I had to improve in my upcoming lesson.I recommend taking music lesson with Kathy.Best,Anita

Posted Sep 11, 2011
DanielG

Excellence.

There is nothing more encouraging in any learning process than a gracious, well prepared, skillful instructor. Taking piano lessons with Kathy is not only educative but it's always enjoyable. I'd like to think I'm very into playing piano, I started from scratch around two months ago with Kathy, but the truth is if I didn't have an instructor with such positive, patient and cheerful attitude I would have probably quit by now.I would recommend anyone with the intention of learning anything she has to teach to go for her :D

Posted Jul 29, 2011
RosaMariaA

Lessons with Kathy

It's so easy to be a good student, when you have a teacher like Kathy! She's so encouraging, positive and happy, it's been a pleasure having lessons with her!

Posted Mar 5, 2011
SybilS

Kathy was a great teacher. We wish we could continue lessons with her but cannot since we are moving. The kids really liked her and she knows a variety of music which keeps them entertained. Definitely would recommend her to anyone!

Posted Dec 21, 2010
AudreyK

Aunt

Kathryn is a pleasure to work with. She keeps the lessons enjoyable and is very patient. Nyomi is excited to come to the next lesson.

Posted Dec 15, 2010
SarahT

Couldn't Ask for More

Kathryn is a great teacher, patient, fun, and gives clear and practical instructions. I am really enjoying my lessons!

Posted Nov 27, 2010
BettyA

Mom

My son enjoyed classes with you ,and I hope to soon schedule with you again.

Posted Sep 12, 2010
KimberlyH

Tons of technique and tons of fun!

We focused a lot on broader technique--posture, breathing, etc--as well as the expecting singing. Kathryn made it really fun, as well as educational!

Posted Sep 1, 2010
CherylL

Progress!

Kathy is a warm and friendly teacher. She brought a lot of new exercises and understanding to the mix and I definitely felt like I made progress. I always left class feeling good and like I had achieved something new. I notice now that whenever I sing, I have more confidence and she successfully taught me to find a more extensive range to my voice. I came convinced I couldnt sing above "C" but I definitely went much further than that. Highly recommended to have fun and learn.

Posted Aug 18, 2010
YoshifumiK

Good my singing teacher Kathryn

She is patient to teach me until I completely understand. I bet this lesson will make my voice skill improve.

Posted May 16, 2010
DeniseC

My guitar lessons with Kathryn

My first meeting with Kathryn was so pleasant and she made me comfortable and happy with my decision in choosing her. She moves at your pace and is genuinely concerned with your progress :)

Posted Mar 9, 2010
FionaG

mouth sound

i made the sound with my mouth and did a voice with ittttt!!! (also i didnt mean to rate this comment i did by mistake and i don't know how to unrate it haha)

Posted Feb 19, 2010
JavierT

She's great! Very flexible and accommodating. Also very patient. Happy. Nice. Etc.

Posted Dec 1, 2009
TehillahH

kathryn has a very easy way about her & has helped me with my breathing & focus. she will also help work on tough jumps & phrasing to break them down into pieces that are easier to target & master. she's been a joy to work with.

Posted Nov 16, 2009
MarinaD

My teacher, Kathryn is great! She's great patience, so good with all the exercises and songs! She has helped me a lot....I have grown, in such a short time and looking forward to more success with her!! She has a great voice too!

Posted Oct 21, 2009
AlfredoR

Feedback

Kathy is very talented, patient and enjoys music greatly, all attibutes that make her excell at teaching.

Posted Oct 17, 2009
StefanoC

Great Teacher

Thanks go Kathryn I'm now able to control my breathing while singing as well as letting to of tension that prevents me from staying in tune and reaching high notes. She's also very good and pointing out my mistakes and promptly correct them. I highly recommend her.

Posted Oct 12, 2009
TheresaA

Kathryn was extremely helpful in providing an introduction to voice lessons for me, she took care of the awkwardness of low self esteem and brought me to a level where I felt comfortable using my voice. Major props to her for being so supportive!

Posted Apr 7, 2009
RickyRayT

my lesson with Kathryn Z. -

She was GREAT! I signed up with TAKE LESSONS with ONE objective in mind: to learn how to play THE STAND. I had NO experience at guitar and basically didn't even know how to strum one properly. Kathryn walked me through the lesson and in 2 sessions I achieved more than I thought I would. Now I know how and what to practice. She was very professional and TAKE LESSONS should be proud to have her on board. Upon my NEXT song, I certainly hope TAKE LESSONS can hook me up with her. Regardless, I will come through TAKE LESSONS!-Ricky

Posted Oct 21, 2008
RachelS

Kathy is very friendly, patient and supportive. I feel like she is teaching at a good pace for my level.

Posted Oct 15, 2008

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Experience

private vocal instructor
May 2000 - May 2001

Meyer Music Academy

private vocal instructor
Sep 1998 - May 1999

Platte Valley Academy

Education

Master of Music in Voice
Sep 1999 - May 2001

Cleveland Institute of Music

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance
Sep 1995 - May 1999

University of Nebraska

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

German

Limited Proficiency

Italian

Limited Proficiency

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