Kayla Gautereaux
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Kayla Gautereaux

Kayla G.

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Ear training is an essential skill for all musicians. I teach music as a language, using the same methods and books employed at conservatories. Students will develop their "ear" with a real understanding of music theory, rhythm, pitch accuracy, tonal memory, and sight reading. I teach fixed and moveable Do solfege, and will tailor my curriculum to meet the learning methods and goals of my students. I have had students go from not being able to match pitch to being accepted to choral groups on merit of sight reading abilities.

About Kayla G.

As an experienced private voice teacher, Ms. G enjoys guiding students of diverse backgrounds to meet their individual goals. She uses voice science, motor learning, and musical training to guide students to improved vocal function and artistry. Her graduated high school students have matriculated to competitive vocal performance programs across the country. She also specializes in teaching transgender students, partnering with professional choir directors, and working with medical professionals to restore singers emerging from rehabilitative voice care. Ms. G serves as President of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Boston Chapter.

Kayla, Assistant Vocal Pedagogy Director and Vocal Pedagogy Lab Manager at New England Conservatory, lectures on vocal pedagogy (how to teach singing) and the acoustics of the singing voice and advises students through their voice-related research projects. Additionally, Ms. G serves on the faculty of the Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop at New England Conservatory. Ms. G's research interests include exploring the detailed time and pressure domains within a pitch period, which led her to investigate a novel approach to the spectral analysis of the singing voice using wavelet decomposition.

Ms. G, soprano, performs song recitals, chamber music, opera, and oratorio; she passionately programs and performs music for social justice. Among other professional choral engagements, Ms. G is the Assistant Music Minister at the Union Church in Waban. Ms. G co-founded Folklore Guild, a choral ensemble with a strong education program specializing in music from video-game and film soundtracks, and launched the Voice Box Channel on YouTube.

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Mark J.
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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.

Posted Nov 28, 2016
Karen M.
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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.

Posted May 13, 2016
Bethany K.
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Posted May 2, 2015
Meredith W.
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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!

Posted Nov 17, 2014
Ann C.
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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.

Posted Oct 29, 2014
Karen M.
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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.

Posted Oct 16, 2014
Suzanne H.
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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.

Posted Oct 1, 2014
Anne P.
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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.

Posted Aug 24, 2014
Stephan B.
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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.

Posted May 23, 2014
Shelby C.

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.

Posted May 14, 2014
Preston H.

Passionate, enthusiastic, and knowledgable. Best teacher ever!

Kayla taught me more about music and singing in three months than I learned in nine years of choral and a cappella experience! Her enthusiasm, ability to connect with students, phenomenal knowledge of music, and diverse teaching techniques equip her to teach and coach students of all ages.
Best of all, her devotion to the true spirit of music fuels her passion for singing and sharing the beauty of music! Whether a neophyte or an aged practitioner, Kayla will walk with and lead you on a journey of musical discovery.

Posted Jul 4, 2013
Celia N.

She is a knowledgeable well rounded teacher due to her passion and enthusiasm for singing, her experience and flawless technical skills.

Ms. Gautereaux is more than qualified to coach and mentor voice. Her technical skills and knowledge of the subject are impeccable. She has been cultivating her talent since her early childhood and her academic as well as professional experience have placed her in a perfect environment to understand how to implement music theory in the most effective manner, and teach it, independent of the student's background in music. For example, I had never studied music before taking proper lessons with Ms. Gautereaux once a week. However, now I am learning to read music with minimum assistance under Ms. Gautereaux's instruction, I practice my piece on my own time and I'm experimenting with harmonies. That is something that I would have never achieved without her guidance. Her instruction has also made a difference in my ability to reach notes I once thought impossible, in my ability to project, and especially in helping me avoid straining my voice as I used to, when I was ignorant of the proper technique to sing. Furthermore, her teaching style transcends a lifeless methodological lesson in music. Because Singing is her passion, and she enjoys it so much she is fun to learn from. Finally, due to her experience as a competitive performer she has great practical advice and encouragement to offer to anyone who plans to pursue a career as a vocalist.

Posted Jul 4, 2013

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Experience

Assistant Vocal Pedagogy Director
Aug 2019 - Present

New England Conservatory

Kayla, Assistant Vocal Pedagogy Director and Vocal Pedagogy Lab Manager at New England Conservatory, lectures on vocal pedagogy (how to teach singing) and the acoustics of the singing voice and advises students through their voice-related research projects.

Music Teacher
Jun 2013 - Present

TakeLessons

Music Director
Jan 2014 - Nov 2016

Folklore Guild

Assistant Music Director
Jan 2012 - Oct 2016

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

Director of Development and Education
Mar 2013 - Apr 2015

Bach Collegium San Diego

Chorus Member
Mar 2014 - Apr 2014

San Diego Opera

Education

Master of Music - Vocal Pedagogy
Dec 2016 - Present

New England Conservatory

Bachelor of Music- Vocal Performance
Aug 2008 - Dec 2013

San Diego State University

Languages

French

Professional Proficiency

German

Professional Proficiency

Italian

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Italian Language Proficiency
Jul 2012

Centro Studi Italiano (Urbania, Italy)

Awards

First Place
Apr 2014

National Association of Teachers of Singing

Affiliations

Folklore Guild
Jan 2014
FOLKLORE will follow the guild-system model of old to provide young musicians of today the training and experience necessary to become self-sufficient contributors to the arts. We envision choir camps, field trips, international tours, recording projects for soundtracks, and collaborating with artists from various genres. In order to adventure into these ambitious realms, we will use three cornerstones of value; Education, Community, and Performance.
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jun 2013
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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