Kait Kingston

Kait Kingston

5.0 (8)
Best of 2019
2 hires on Lessons.com
2 employees
22 years in business

About this pro

I coach and feature each student as the unique individual they are and, through vocal music, help them discover and develop how best to express what makes them a "one of a kind." All ages & experience levels are welcome. I created The Performer Studio in order to offer more than just vocal and performance training, but also personal mentoring and direction, all leading to regular, high caliber performance opportunities on the professional stage, where singers gain experience, confidence and fans.

My credentials...basically, I love to sing and act and perform and record. SO...I got my BFA in Acting from the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah and then moved to California to get my MFA in Musical Theatre Performance and Education from San Diego State University where I spent an extra year writing a scholarly thesis as my basis for teaching how to bring a musical theatre character to life from the page! After that, I moved to Los Angeles to do 5 years of post graduate study with world-renowned master vocal instructor, Edward Sayegh at the American Musical Theatre Workshop. He helped me get my dream voice. By then I was hooked. I also studied with professional coaches on stage presence, microphone technique, audience interaction, leading a band as a lead singer, chord charting and did a TON of recording in the LA music industry. I took every opportunity along the way to teach and work with like-minded passionate singing performers. I've studied the Law Of Attraction in many forms and through it all, developed my own method for teaching performers that takes them way beyond what they thought they could do.

Also, see "What I enjoy about the work I do..." for more info on what makes my coaching different...

To learn more about Kait's private voice and/or performance coaching sessions and the group courses The Performer Studio offers, visit: 

https://www.theperformerstudio.com/about-us 

https://www.facebook.com/theperformerstudio/ 

https://twitter.com/PerformerStudio 

https://www.instagram.com/theperformerstudio/

https://www.youtube.com/user/theperformerstudio?feature=mhee 

I LOVE watching singers grow into confident performers and people who are eager to take on new challenges with their voice AND with their whole entire self!

As a teacher/coach, I can be driving and motivational and kick your butt. I can also be the nurturing, kind therapist if needed to help uncover why you might be holding yourself back as a singer. Through it all, I am your cheerleader, genuinely thrilled at each new achievement, no matter how big or small it might seem. I have learned over the years...living, singing, teaching...how those three different parts of myself as a teacher are key to truly helping singers go out in the world and kick some ass! (pardon my French, but I keep it real and this is exciting stuff!) These personal qualities are necessary for me as a coach in order to assist someone unearthing their own hidden potential and discovering the true excitement that can come from singing. I keep it real and keep it fun and keep it inspiring! That's why Kait is here man. :) 

About 85% of singing is mental and emotional. You ARE the instrument. Therefore, how you THINK and FEEL about your abilities dictates what you can DO to a great extent. So in my opinion, that gets to be addressed in addition to the myriad of fun and empowering vocal exercises and breath support core work. Lessons can include just simply exercises and singing songs but they can also include breaking down those conscious and sub-conscious barriers that have held otherwise, amazing singers, in first gear so-to-speak. Most of the time, we stand in our own ways in life. In singing, this can be devastating. I want to show people how to flip it and make it exhilerating!

Through years of study and experience myself, I have found ways to kick down my own doors of self-sabotage, have fallen flat on my face on stage and stepped back from the mic when I doubted myself for periods of time. I know that when I don't practice my vocal exercises, I lose strength, and range and flexibility and breath support. I know that if I don't practice believing in myself and actively believe in what I know I'm capable of, I wither and die. I've spent sometimes years at a time doing just that...NOT practicing those things. Without those times of self-doubt and self-sabotage though, I wouldn't be the teacher and singer I am today. I am grateful for every low I've ever hit personally because it taught me something important.

When I created The Performer Studio, I created a learning and performing environment that is 100% about peer support, honesty, discipline, open-mindedness, inclusivity and positive thinking. This is my mission, this is why I'm here. And this is why every student at my studio thrives in so many ways. They feel it from me and each other but most importantly, from themselves. It takes some longer than others to get where they want to but the whole way there they know we all "have their back." I get to watch lifelong friendships develop here because our student's have access to a second family of sorts, a family of singers who share a similar passion together and support each other in all of our paths towards and into greatness. 

If this feels interesting to you, come sing with us! 

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Salt Lake City, UT 84106
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8 Reviews

5.0

  • Braithwaite

    Kait has been great to work with! I’ve been taking lessons for about 8 mos, mostly because I wanted to try something new and do something fun—which it had been! I was a little nervous at first to take lessons because singing is not my strongest talent, but Kait has always been very kind and encouraging. I always leave a lesson feeling great and excited to keep practicing.

  • Haley Brock

    I love how The Performer Studio treats everyone like family and makes everyone feel so welcomed. Kait is an incredibly talented, dedicated, and hard-working individual. She strives to help each student reach his/her potential and truly cares about each and every one of them. I have learned so much from Kait throughout the years both in performance aspects as well as in vocal. She is not only a one-of-a kind teacher, but also a dear friend to me.

  • Emilee Cooke

    The Performer Studio was a great place for me to sing what I want to sing and accomplish the goals that I wanted to with my singing. Kait provides a great platform to allow singers to pick actual songs that they would prefer to sing and how to exude confidence on stage! Anyone who wants to advance a hobby or create a career around music and performance should go to Kait!

  • Emily Bradley

    I've been with KAIT for about 10 years on and off and it was the best thing for me ever. She helped me grow as a singer in more ways than I can count. She is one of the best people that I know and I love her to death. Thanks for all the fun an experience KAIT!


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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

When I start with a new singing students, I get to know you and your voice and how you feel about your voice. Discuss specific goals and areas of desired improvement and then we get right to work. I always start by laying a strong foundation of breath support by doing a regular regimen of core strengthening, and reviewing a basic anatommical review of how the voice works and how to keep it strong and healthy. I work on range building, tone, color, belting, head vs. chest voice, mix voice and recommend that we always have song material to work on together so we're constantly applying what we're learning with vocal exercises to the songs that you most want to sing.  


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

-BFA from the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah under the direction of Kenneth Washington 

-MFA in Musical Theatre Performance and Education from San Diego State University

-Post-Graduate study in Vocal Performance from the American Musical Theatre Workshop in Los Angeles, under the direction of Edward Sayegh, master voice teacher


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$30 for 30 minute lessons

$40 for 45 minute lessons

$50 for 60 minute lessons

Monthly discounts when 4 or more weekly lessons are purchased together.


How did you get started teaching?

My peers in graduate school (along with the undergraduate students there) continually came to me for coaching tips. I also got assigned a few performance coaching jobs for various theatrical productions while in graduate school. I realized that coaching and instruction came very naturally to me and more importantly, that I seemed to be making a difference in people's skills and confidence. Mostly, I really enjoyed helping fellow performers find their connection to character and discover ways to release their natural voice onstage by connecting the vocal to something deeper...purpose. Someone suggested that I had a unique way of helping singers connect the dots so that singing and performing were both effortless and that I should start charging a fee for my sessions and it just took off from there. Since then, throughout my own career as a singer, I've always incorporated teaching because I love both so much and the performing I do informs what I teach and vice versa. I still sing when I want to but have devoted 90% of my life to teaching and building a studio where we celebrate peer support, inclusivity, discipline and excellence within ourselves. It's become more of a mission to help people realize their full potential and offer guidance along their personal journeys. 


What types of students have you worked with?

I work with students of all levels of experience from the complete novice to the seasoned professional in need of some coaching from time to time to prepare for big auditions. I work with all ages and abilities. While in Los Angeles I coached two TV stars, which was a lot of fun too. 


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Recently my students and I performed at the 2019 Utah Pride Festival and then produced our own full concert at the end of Pride month in a local music venue. We focused on the 50 Years Of Stonewall slogan "Exist. Resist. Persist." showcasing LGBTQ+ themed songs and Queer artists from many eras of popular music. We are known as a studio that creates a safe space for our LGBTQ community of singers and especially teens who are coming out and experiencing strife in other places in their lives. Here students know they can be true to themselvs and that their peers at The Performer Studio will always honor and respect who they truly are. 


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

My best advice for students looking for a good fit teacher-wise is to have a conversation with them. You want someone who is going to really listen to you and who creates a space where you feel safe to take risks and try new things. As singers, WE ARE the instrument. It's not like a guitar that you put in a nice case until the next time you pick it up to play it. Our whole self is involved in singing. How we feel, think and do things all play a part in how our voice works for us. You want someone who understands the complexity of how all of those things affect our voice and what we believe we can do with it. There's a percentage of our jobs as voice teachers that is part therapist in that, we help you uncover what might be holding you back from your dream voice. Your teacher should be like a trusted friend whom you can talk freely with. If you don't feel that you can be fully yourself, that could pose a problem in your ability to grow with them as a mentor/partner. 


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Some questions that I think are good to think through before talking with potential teachers include...

1. What do I hope to get out of lessons?

2. What kind of music do I most want to be able to sing?

3. Do I want to compete for leading roles or lead vocal performance opportunities?

4. What have I been able to do naturally (ie: what are my natural strengths)?

5. What prior training and/or performance experience have I had? And is there something new I'm looking for in my future training?