Kayla Gautereaux

Kayla G.

San Diego, CA

About Kayla G.

Kayla teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 2009
Last sign in: 4 days ago

Overview

For the past 6 years, I have taught students in classical voice, musical theater, piano, and music theory. I am happy to accept students of all ages, levels, and interests. I recently graduated with my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from San Diego State University. I am a member of the National Association of Teacher of Singing (NATS), and serve as the Music Director for Folklore Guild. As a classically trained musician, I perform locally in San Diego as a soloist and a choral singer. Although my true love is opera, I have performed three solo art song recitals in high school and college. I have performed in both musical theater and opera productions, with roles including Suor Genovieffa from Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and Spirit from Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach a holistic approach to singing, which means my students will learn the entire system of the voice through vocal exercises, ear training, diction, song, and performance techniques. I am a yoga enthusiast, and integrate yoga into lessons, connecting the body to breath. Yoga gives students a path to good posture and a tool to relax under the pressure of performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio has a keyboard,
music books, and room to move. There is a couch available for parents to observe lessons, or a convenient shopping center nearby to run errands during
the lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a keyboard to travel with, but would prefer a keyboard or piano in the student's home for lessons and personal practice.

*** Specialties ***
I am a yoga enthusiast. I use yoga techniques to address posture and performance anxiety. As an active performer, I encourage and facilitate students performing outside of private lessons. The opportunity to compete in NATS competitions is an option for all students who fulfill the requirements.

Photos and Videos

Ruhe, Meine Seele! by Richard Strauss

Experience

Music Director

Jan 2014 - Present
Folklore Guild

Music Teacher

Jun 2013 - Present
TakeLessons

Director of Development and Education

Mar 2013 - Present
Bach Collegium San Diego

Chorus Member

Mar 2014 - Apr 2014
San Diego Opera

Education

Bachelor of Music- Vocal Performance

Aug 2008 - Dec 2013
San Diego State University

Languages Spoken

French

Professional Proficiency

German

Professional Proficiency

Italian

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Italian Language Proficiency

Jul 2012
Centro Studi Italiano (Urbania, Italy)

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing

Jun 2013
NATS

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

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12 Reviews on Kayla G.

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Mark Johnson Nov 28, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Kayla for a year, before moving for work. I started voice lessons because, quite frankly, I was tired of being embarrassed to sing. Within one month I was sounding better than I would have thought possible. Kayla is an exceptional teacher and in addition to the fun of learning how to tap into my own instrument, it’s also quite engaging to see her mastery of teaching. She can easily explain concepts several different ways in all the learning style until the concept clicks for you. Her passion for her students’ progress is infectious. She is also genuinely interested fostering an ability to be a self-sufficient musician. She periodically spends time teaching you how to critique yourself and how to find new pieces without assistance. She is also always pointing out other opportunities and avenues to enjoy singing and to seek improvements. She is great at keeping lessons at your ability level. I always left lessons feeling that I had learned all the material I could have possibly learned in the allotted time. Furthermore, she organizes her lessons in such a way that your practice for the following week naturally follows and she always closes lesson by explicitly stating the goals that you should reach for in your subsequent practice. Thanks to her coaching, I learned that good singing isn’t about talent, it’s about technique and technique can always be learned. I learned to be comfortable with my voice. I really like the way I sound (which had never been true before), and even when I mess up singing something beyond my skill level, I’m still comfortable with myself because I know that it’s just a technique I haven’t mastered yet and the only thing that’s keeping me from mastering it is instruction and practice. I would give Kayla my highest recommendation to anyone who asked.
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Karen M. May 13, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
This is more or less an update of my old review.
Kayla obviously cares about her students. She drives me to do my best, and reminds me that its okay to make mistakes. She covers all aspects of performing, from auditions to the various insecurities of performers. She also teaches you how to care for your instrument. Kayla is very encouraging and understanding. She is also very enthusiastic about her work.

These are the reasons I sing her praises to anyone looking for a voice teacher.
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Bethany K. May 2, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
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Meredith W. Nov 17, 2014
Singing · In studio
So happy with Kayla. She is working with my 12 yrs. old daughter and we have seen such improvements in her singing ability and her self-esteem!
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Ann C. Oct 29, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I should say Kayla has different teaching styles for different students depending on their abilities. I am 27 years old who sings without knowing how to read music whatsoever, so I was quite nervous when started. Being a non-English speaker made me even more nervous because I have been singing in Vietnamese my whole life. With Kayla's coaching, I am a lot more confident now even though it has only been a month. I am ready for the next step, learning proper singing techniques, after my fear for learning how to read music is now over thanks to Kayla.
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Karen M. Oct 16, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I have been with Kayla for a few weeks now.
My experience is that she brings an enthusiasm to every lesson. She is very good at spotting areas that need help [like theory-type areas] and she is very patient, which as a person on the autistic spectrum, is something that I find to be invaluable.

She is very good about being flexible with lesson times. I come in, I may not be feeling as excited about the lesson, but when I leave, her enthusiasm stays with me for at least a few days! :D I cannot say enough good things about her.
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Suzanne H. Oct 1, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Kayla has been amazing with my 11 year old daughter thus far. We have been working with her for about 6 weeks, and I can see such an improvement in my daughter's poise, confidence and understanding of her abilities as well as improved vocal ability. As a parent I especially appreciate Kayla's concern for the health and longevity of my child's voice. She also has a very easy way about her that allows her to connect well with my daughter. I would feel most confident in recommending her as a vocal instructor for other children.
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Anne P. Aug 24, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Within taking 3 lessons I have learned how to project my voice through breathing and I have gained more confidence in my signing. Kayla has taught me how to control my range. I had picked Imagine as one of my songs to sing. She helped me to express my passion while I sang, in other words to pt more feeling into it.
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Stephan B. May 23, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
In the short time that I've been working with Kayla my singing has improved tremendously. From simply learning how to breathe properly; to focusing on the shape of my mouth; to paying mind to what the words I'm singing mean to me as a artist/performer; and so many other things. Kayla taught me a great deal. I feel fortunate to have stumbled upon her. I recommend her highly.
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Shelby C. May 14, 2014
Verified Student
So Awesome

Both my boys take piano lessons with Kayla G. She is so patient and kind. She definitely enjoys music and I like how she also incorporates a little bit of singing into the boys lessons. :) She is extremely flexible and very approachable with questions and concerns. Overall, I feel Kayla is an awesome teacher for my boys and feel as though they have a love of music and for the piano! We Love Kayla G.
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