Kathryn Zimmer

Kathryn Z.

New York, NY
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Rhythm guitar, picking patterns and reading notes on the guitar are all taught.
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Kathryn teaches



Kathryn delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+

Teaching since:
February 2014

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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private vocal instructor
May 2000 - May 2001
Meyer Music Academy

private vocal instructor
Sep 1998 - May 1999
Platte Valley Academy


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


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

"Time", from the EP Sparkling Smile
"Right Around the Corner", from the album Static Inhabited
Photo by Kathryn Z.

Photo by Kathryn Z.

Photo by Kathryn Z.

Photo by Kathryn Z.

Photo by Kathryn Z.
Photo by Kathryn Z.
"White Noise", from the EP White Noise
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41 Reviews

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Rupesh G. Oct 13, 2018
Singing · In home

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.

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Jennifer M. Jul 13, 2018
Guitar · In studio

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

Leonard O. Sep 16, 2017
Singing · In studio

Great Experience ...Highly recommended!!!!

Wanda S. Jun 26, 2017
Piano · In studio

Kathry, z is a great teacher, would like to continue piano classes with her

Belle R. Oct 7, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Kathryn was great! The location wasn't great but the lesson was awesome.

Catheryn Aug 5, 2016
Singing · In studio

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.

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Nimota A. Dec 14, 2015
Piano · In studio

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!!!

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Buffy B. Dec 2, 2015
Piano · In home

She's patient, kind and fun! Recommend!

Bo Young L. Nov 30, 2015
Piano · In home

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.

Flora Nov 7, 2015
Piano · In home

Kathy is so great with my daughters!

Amelia Lowe Nov 4, 2015
Singing · In studio

Super down to earth and makes the learning process fun. I am booking 5 more lessons now!

RJ D. Oct 7, 2015
Singing · In studio

Great teacher! She made me feel very comfortable

Keri B. Sep 17, 2015
Singing · In studio

Kathy has been wonderful, she's a great teacher and a lot of fun.

Megan K. Sep 9, 2015
Piano · In studio

She is a fantastic teacher. Recommend!

HsiaoLin C. Mar 20, 2015
Piano · In studio

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.

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Brian K. Jan 7, 2015
Piano · In studio

Smart, enthusiastic, and has a great teaching style.

Buffy B. Nov 5, 2014
Piano · In home

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!!!

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Gregory T. Aug 5, 2014
Singing · In studio

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)

Dianne P. Oct 30, 2012

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.

EvelynC Jan 16, 2012

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

DarianS Nov 13, 2011

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.

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AnitaA Sep 11, 2011


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

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DanielG Jul 29, 2011


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

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RosaMariaA Mar 5, 2011

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!

SybilS Dec 21, 2010

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!

AudreyK Dec 15, 2010


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.

SarahT Nov 27, 2010

Couldn't Ask for More

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

BettyA Sep 12, 2010


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

KimberlyH Sep 1, 2010

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!

CherylL Aug 18, 2010


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.

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YoshifumiK May 16, 2010

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.

DeniseC Mar 9, 2010

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 :)

FionaG Feb 19, 2010

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)

JavierT Dec 1, 2009

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

TehillahH Nov 16, 2009

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.

MarinaD Oct 21, 2009

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!

AlfredoR Oct 17, 2009


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

StefanoC Oct 12, 2009

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.

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TheresaA Apr 7, 2009

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!

RickyRayT Oct 21, 2008

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

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RachelS Oct 15, 2008

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

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