In addition to teaching singing, I am a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, which corrects posture and body use tensions. The result is a performer with freedom and beauty of tone. Anything that goes wrong in a lesson is my fault, and it is my job to address the issue. Thus the student is freed from fear and enabled to find an easier way to sing, dance, act etc. I have over 1,00 performances at Lincoln Center as a member of the New York City Opera chorus, two Broadway shows and multiple regional lead performances in Opera, Musical Theatre and Oratorio. Please note, my areas of expertise are Classical and Musical Theatre. I am NOT an expert in pop, R&B or country music. I welcome and have experience with children who have Special Needs including Autism, ADD, ADHD, OCD, Asperger's and various learning disabilities. I've been teaching for over 30 years and have a Masters Degree in Performance from North Texas State University. I teach ages 6 to eternity! Please note, I teach in Manhattan at studios located around 72nd & Broadway.
I have wanted to be a teacher since I was 12 years old, when the teacher I had for 6th grade inspired me. She taught us all in such an individual way and that has always been my model.
There are 3 things one wants in a voice teacher: experience with helping singers sing better (which includes having a vision of what the student can sound like), knowledge about repertoire and knowledge about languages. Katherine Keyes has never given up on me. She is always searching out new ways to present solutions to vocal technique issues. She has helped sopranos who have lost their high C’s to sing them again. She teaches a method of practicing coloratura runs that ensures the precise and musical performance of them. Katherine wants the singer to release their individual sound, whether the singer’s voice is bright or dark. To that end, she teaches balanced, centered resonance. She is knowledgeable (and continues to learn) about repertoire, including opera, art song and musical theatre. She has an extensive art song score collection, including out of print works, and has been able to suggest art song repertoire to me. She continues to study languages, including Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian as well as German, French and Italian. I highly recommend studying with Katherine Keyes.
I have studied with Katherine Keyes for the last four years. She is a wonderful teacher. She is very knowledgeable, supportive, patient and meticulous in helping me to continuously improve my vocal technique. I love that she incorporates Alexander Technique into my voice lesson. It is so helpful and carries over into my performing as well.
I have studied both voice and Alexander Technique with Kathy Keyes of The Metamorphosis Studio. I can enthusiastically recommend her as a teacher in both disciplines but I will focus on her voice teaching. Kathy predominantly teaches classical voice but as I have segued from classical to musical theatre and cabaret, she has helped me find healthy vocal techniques in all genres. I have studied with many teachers, some very well-known, and I have never met anyone who had such knowledge of the voice and an ability to patiently work to correct vocal issues (of which I came to her with many). I have found an ease in vocal production that I did not think possible. I have worked on Broadway, in national tours, with opera companies and in cabaret and Kathy has been there through it all!!!!
I vocalize the student and try different ways and words until we are on the same page with that. The first thing I tell a new student is that anything that goes wrong in the lessson is my fault. If they sing a wrong note, it's my fault, if they sound like a duck, it's my fault, if they sing a wrong rhythmn it's my fault. This results in eliminating the habit of blame and the need to be instantly "perfect". Lessons are tailor made for the individual student and I do not assume that all can be taught the same way.
I have two degrees in Music, am a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, and have extended performance experience in Opera, Musical Theatre and Oratorio. I am a member of Actors Equity, AGMA, Sag-AFTRA and NATS.
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