You have taken one of the bravest steps you will ever take. You are going to find "your voice". There is nothing more important, profound and rewarding than finding the voice you were meant to communicate with. It improves self esteem, gives you confidence in the choices that you make and moves you closer to the organic sound that was given to you.
How It WorksThe first voice lesson will be a basic explanation about how your voice works and the beginning of how to breathe properly. You'll learn a lot of important fundamentals and will get to know exactly what you can and can't do with your voice. After the first lesson, you and Kate will have an overview on how to proceed and what your basic issues are.
The main thing is that you find your "core" sound. Then build your stylings, nuance, artistic choices and influence on top of that. Most singers do this backwards. You will spend alot of time reversing the process. This is Kate's area of expertise, which is to help you fix what is broken so that you can continue on with the creative process.
ResultsMost of Kate's students experience a range increase of at least an octave. In addition to range extension, there is improvement with tone control, breath control, voice strengthening, dynamics, vocal agility, and ear training. After your vocal technique is in good shape, you will be shown how to apply what you've learned to the songs you bring, working extensively with styling and learning all of the vocal techniques that make for a professional vocal performance.
GoalsThe Goals that are to be achieved apply to all ages and levels of expertise. First of all, Ms. Hart has no agenda on what kind of music you want to sing or if you ever sing at all. What is important is that you are moving through the creative process which makes you a better person - becoming a metaphor for life. The experience of challenging yourself by learning and understanding patience while working towards your long and short term goals is profound.
If you need to get ready for a recording date or audition, Kate can put together a "fast track" approach to get you ready. Though, it is not her favorite way to work, she has done this many times which allows the students to achieve their short term goals. If you live too far to commute intensive training sessions can be arranged. There would need to be some advanced notice as schedules can fill up quickly. In addition, Kate has been hired by many recording studios to work with their singers in developing "on the spot" technique so that their voice records at it's most optimum.
If you want to put together a demo to submit to record labels, make industry contacts, find material or just obtain overall advice in the business, Kate is more than willing to help. "What she doesn't know, she knows the people that do and will be more than happy to put you in touch with them". This can include performance, monologue work, arrangements, songwriting, production and more.
About the instructorBecause Kate wasn't born with a great voice, she had to find a way by making mistakes, searching out information, almost losing her voice and through all of this, sang many different styles from Heavy Metal to Be-Bop. Because of having voice problems, Kate has learned through her own vocal coaches how to fix what's broken. Her vocal journey took Kate through classical training, somatic voice training, jazz improv and an overall study of almost every genre of music. This background not only gives her the knowledge but the gift of communication i.e. singer to singer. This kind of experience is coupled with the fact that she has been a working singer for 40 years. It is important for the singers that Ms. Hart works with to know that with all of the challenges, she is still singing and the voice continues to improve.
Most of Kate's life she sang for her supper. When this is the case, she had no option but to sing which meant there were times that she didn't have a voice. When Ms. Hart finally did go to a vocal instructor kicking and screaming, she realized for the first time in her life, that singing could actually be easy. Kate explains, "We make it hard. Our bodies were built for singing and all we have to do is get out of the way and let it happen. This experience is what motivates and gives me the desire to teach. Struggling to find my voice has really allowed me to understand what you may be going through and that gives me the dialogue that is needed so that there is clear communication".
Kate has completed hundreds of voice lessons, exploring various methods, and has attended numerous seminars including: nutrition, Alexander technique, acupressure, reflexology along with various psychological and visualization techniques. Kate continues to study, probe, inquire, explore, practice and apply. Her value as a vocal teacher is unique in that she draws equally from 40 years in the business and an unusually diverse training along with receiving formal training at HFCC, Cornish Institute and private instruction.