Katrina Degel

Katrina D.

17 Reviews
Gainesville, FL

About Katrina D.

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Katrina teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: February 2006
Last sign in: 2 days ago
Average response time: 10 hours


Hello! I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music, with a Bachelor’s degree in Writing and Production. I am attending NYU as a graduate student at Steinhardt. I have been teaching privately for over ten years, and performing for over 20!

My first love is piano, as I began lessons at age 7. I wrote my first song at age 8 and started playing guitar the next year. I am an accomplished songwriter, arranger, producer, performer, teacher and director. I recently moved here from Boston where I was the Music Director at All Souls Church in Braintree, MA and performed jazz/blues, funk, and kid's music. I love teaching and excel at finding unique ways to teach music and keep it interesting! I want you to have fun and learn what you find most interesting so we will work together to reach your goals.

Along with instrument and vocal lessons, I offer tutoring in all subjects of music and songwriting, and specialize in offering lessons tailored to each student’s needs. I refuse to hand out a book and go from front to back - expect handouts, impromptu lesson material to help you learn any specific concept you may be struggling with, CD’s with study material, exploratory homework, and thinking outside the box! We will do whatever it takes to get you wherever you want to be.

*** Lesson Details ***
I focus my curriculum on the goals of each student, their needs and their abilities. Everyone is different, so every student should have a different set of goals and a unique curriculum to reach them! I want to offer the most well-rounded education possible, so we will be regularly evaluating your goals and the materials you are using to reach them. I am easy-going and realistic - if you aren't interested in what you are learning then you aren't going to practice. So lets have some fun!

I work with every age group and integrate the following into all lessons: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drums

• coordination
• rhythm - sometimes we will use our hands or bodies, or the drums or tambourine
• contemporary styles and songs - all my students get to choose their songs from my music library or their own!
• ear training - I help students to hear major and minor as well as the different notes of a chord. My singers work with solfege (do re mi) to gain early sight-reading skills
• singing together on simple songs - especially for young students to put them at ease and express themselves through music with something they already know (aka Twinkle Twinkle)
• scale work - I start my student young with the C scale and progress as each student can handle
• music theory - you won't even know you are learning it! My extensive training in this area allows me to find simple ways to teach these skills
• Performance technique: my voice students get to sing with a microphone and PA system to their favorite karaoke tunes and learn performance aspects. I also work with piano, guitar, and drums on performance skills.
• SONGWRITING: optional. I like to spend a class time every several sessions to help my creative students write their own song from start to finish! We can even record it if you like!

I work with several instruments in order to help my students get the most well-rounded music education they can until they choose a specific direction of their own (such as classical piano or acoustic guitar).

If you would like to focus only on one area, that is never a problem! I simply offer a variety of music lessons so that I can tailor the lesson to each student's goals. I will work with you to create a lesson plan.

Recitals are offered each Summer and Winter.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio: KORG weighted 88 key keyboard, acoustic and electric guitar and amp, PA system for performance in vocals, microphones. Parents may sit in on lessons or wait nearby. There is a library across the street, as well as a Dunkin Donuts.

For recording and production lessons, I use industry standards such as Logic Pro, Pro Tools, and Sonic. I give out weekly handouts and tailored homework assignments in most subjects. I can purchase books for students, or they can acquire the recommended books on their own.

*** Specialties ***
Young children music and piano 4 years and up; Piano; Voice - beginner and advanced; Musicality: can't decide what to study? I can work with you in a variety of areas including rhythm, percussion, songwriting, piano, guitar, singing, improvising, etc.

Photos and Videos

Simple home recording of another of my favorites!


Music Director, Composer Jan 2014 - Present
Odor in the Court

Wrote and performed in the musical Odor in the Court, to be performed at NYU in April 2014

Private Music Teacher Apr 2002 - Present
Private Studio

Teaching voice, piano and guitar.

Music Composer, Director Jan 2013 - Apr 2013
300 The Musical

Wrote and performed in 300 The Musical, four live performances at NYU

Music Director Jan 2011 - May 2012
All Souls Church

Lead children's music group and adult choir. Accompanied and performed music services each week.

Music Director Jan 2011 - May 2012
K Voice Studio, Boston

Worked with several children's pre-schools and other groups teaching group children's music.

Band Leader and Vocalist Sep 2005 - Feb 2009
Katrina D. Jazz Quartet

Quartet consisted of vibraphone, drums, bass, vocalist - mostly jazz with Latin jazz, soul and funk mixed in!

Lead Vocalist May 2005 - Aug 2006

Lead vocalist in band GB3, Boston

Assistant Music Director Sep 2002 - May 2004
United Methodist Church of Winter Park

Assisted the Music Director of this large church with weekly music prep, leading choirs, assisting with children's groups, and solo performances.

Cantor Feb 1999 - Jul 2001
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

lead Mass as Cantor once per month


Masters of Music, Music Technology and Film Scoring Sep 2012 - May 2014
NYU, Steinhardt
Masters Degree in Music Technology, M.M. Aug 2012 - May 2014
NYU Steinhardt
Contemporary Music and Production, Vocal Major Aug 2007 - May 2009
Berklee College of Music
Bachelor's of Music, Contemporary Writing and Production Sep 2004 - May 2009
Berklee College of Music

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish Limited Proficiency
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17 Reviews on Katrina D.

Paul M. Feb 25, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Katrina is a lovely teacher. She puts her students to ease right away. She is really talented and professional. Katrina is just awesome.
Jane G. Jan 27, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
She is lovely. So understanding and nurturing, makes you feel comfortable even if you have never done music before. And she is obviously highly trained and knowledgeable. She imparts valuable and complex information in a way that is easy to understand and put into practice. Stellar experience as a first-time student of singing.
Quinn H. Jan 27, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Katrina has surpassed our expectations. She has motivated our daughter so much in just a few lessons. I am very happy with her and I highly recommend her.
Sean K. Oct 5, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I am an adult musical novice who decided to try to learn guitar at the age of 40. Katrina has been amazing. I needed a person who would allow me to chase my musical inspiration and be patient with my clumsy form. She is as nurturing as they come but brings musical knowledge and teaching skills to the table as well. I've been extremely pleased.
Thanks Katrina.
Marc A. Sep 5, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Steve R. Mar 6, 2014
Verified Student
Perfect match

What a perfect match for my daughter. Her teaching has boosted my daughters confidence & spirit. Katrina is very patient & flexible, I highly recommend her!
Krystal S. Feb 13, 2014
Verified Student
Great teacher very patient

My daugther is was only five when she started taking her classes. Katrina has been teaching her on her level. She gives her take home lessons that she is able to understand and practice at her young age. My daugther is learning not only how to play the guitar but is also learning how to read music. Katrina also introduces other forms of music styles and instruments which opens my daughter for more options. I am happy I made the right choice picking her as an instructor for my child. She has exceeded my expectations and we always feel welcomed in her studio. Very warm and friendly environment.
Madelyn M. Nov 12, 2013
Broadway Singing
Verified Student
Ms. Degel is AWESOME!!!!

Ms. Degel is extremely talented. My singing has improved greatly since I began vocal instructions with her. My confidence in live performance has enormously improved thanks to Ms. Degel.
Garmani M. Feb 14, 2013
Verified Student
Highly recommended!

Katrina is a very patient and caring, astute teacher with a very positive attitude. After only two lessons I'm playing chords. Overall experience of the lessons are enjoyable and her studio is a nice, comfortable set-up which provides one-on-one instruction. Highly recommend!
Dawn W. Jan 29, 2013
Verified Student
Love it and ms Katrina

Very happy with are teacher cannot ask for someone better