Students of Dr. Westfall are confident and expressive singers. They have a strong understanding of technique that gives them the artistic freedom they desire. They know how to take what is in their hearts and minds and put it into their musical performances with passion and excitement. They love to sing and it shows!
Dr. Westfall is excited to be teaching in Texas. A local performer and teacher, she is currently teaching voice lessons privately in Rosenberg. She earned her Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from The State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2008 and her Doctorate Degree in Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2012. From 2012 through the fall of 2014 she founded and directed The 9th Ward Opera Company in New Orleans. She has over ten years of experience teaching voice privately, to students in grades K-12, and at the university level in Nashville, TN (Belmont University and Nashville State), New York (State University of New York at Stony Brook), Mississippi (The University of Southern Mississippi), and in Louisiana (The University of New Orleans).
She truly enjoys working with singers and helping them to develop their unique voices. There is never a dull moment during Kathleen's lessons because she believes that the amount of energy a teacher gives during a lesson is reciprocated by the student. Dr. Westfall focuses on developing the voice in a fun, healthy, and artistic way. Even though Dr. Westfall is a classical singer, she does not expect/encourage her students to sing in that style; she teaches all styles of singing to beginners through advanced singers.
Dr. Westfall is a brilliant and intuitive musician. Her direction helped me grow not only as a singer, but as a person. She pushed me to be a better musician, and has cheered me on through musical achievements. I can honestly say my career wouldn’t be what it is today without her. I am so grateful for our two years of work together.
I had a great year of private vocal instruction from Dr. Westfall!! I was able to develop a much better and improved singing posture and tone! Her knowledge and flexibility with foreign languages proved to be very helpful and insightful (I come from a slavic-speaking background), as well as rewarding - she helped me discover French, Italian, and German songs!! Her tips were always helpful an effective - I have used many techniques and explanations with my choir, who has also seen improvements with their vocal abilities!! She’s always open for a challenge and prepares well for lessons - this helped with smooth lesson transitions. She is a great instructor and person - our candor was always amicable and she’ll provide ctiticism when and wherever necessary.
Having Dr. Westfall as a vocal coach was a blessing that I never deserved. Her knowledge of voice and music as well as her skills in techniques and instruction allowed me to tremendously improve my voice as an instrument, allowed me to appreciate a wider range of music and composers and most importantly, set me on a tentative path towards improvement. Despite being a working professional with a tight schedule, she maintained excellent communication and was very accommodating to ensure my progress only continued. My success is her success and it wouldn't have been possible without her honest, exciting and respectful personality which integrated her skills, knowledge and musical curiosity in a way that was delivered simply and exceptionally - I will always be grateful for this.
Lessons begin with 10 or so minutes of simple, individualized vocal warm-ups where I teach healthy singing technique (low, silent, natural breathing, posture, etc.) that we then apply to 1 or 2 songs of your choice.
I have earned my doctorate degree in vocal performance and pedagogy (the art of teaching) and have been teaching privately for over ten years and also at Universities in Nashville (Belmont University and Nashville State), New York (State University of New York at Stony Brook), Mississippi (The University of Southern Mississippi), and Louisiana (The University of New Orleans). I enjoy teaching singers of every style - from beginners to advanced professionals - and of every genre. My main focus for students is to help them sing healthfully and joyfully.
Option 1: Individual 45 minute lessons cost $95 each
· must be paid at the beginning of each lesson
· must give at least 48 hour notice of cancellation or payment is still required
Option 2: Registering for a semester of 8 lessons for $600 means that each 45 minute lesson costs $75
I am a voice teacher of Classical, Singer/Songwriter, Pop, Jazz, R&B, Rock, Musical Theatre, Cabaret, Country, Gospel, Christian, and Folk styles of singing. I have worked with singers as young as 7 and as old as 97!
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