Teachers: Kathy Kennedy

Kathy Kennedy
Co-Owner / Performer / Certified IVA Master Teacher
510. 540. 5472
510. 919. 3828
email: kathyk7@sbcglobal.net
website: www.kathykennedy.net/


Live Performance

Kathy has been singing professionally in the Bay Area for 3 decades. As a lead singer in Big Bang Beat, one of the Bay Area's most sought-after party bands, she has performed before thousands at events for Toyota, AT&T & Sony Pictures, to name a few, opening for acts like Sheryl Crow, Huey Lewis & The News, Smokey Robinson & Tony Bennett.

Kathy also toured with Mickey Thomas’ Starship, singing lead on Grace Slick's "White Rabbit" and "Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now", and has had the opportunity to sing back-up vocals live with Bonnie Raitt, Ronnie Spector and Eddie Money.

Kathy is consistently in demand to perform with a variety of Bay Area bands, and sings R & B, Rock, Blues and Jazz. In addition, she has put together two live bands of her own, handling rehearsals, promotion, and booking.


Kathy has recorded with Eddie Money, Elvin Bishop, Bill Spooner of the Tubes, and has sung back-up vocals on countless other local musicians CD's. She has also recorded commercials for Mattel, Sony Playstation and Whole Foods. She has written and recorded many of her own songs as well.


Now a co-owner of The Voice Studio, Kathy began teaching voice, in addition to performing, in 1996. She greatly enjoys working with people at all levels, from beginners to professional singers, and has taught students from ages 7 to 70. Kathy has helped many beginning singers get over fears and shyness that hold them back, as well as those with pitch problems, and others who want to learn how to sing harmony. She specializes in the Pop/Rock & R & B fields, and is also good with Jazz and Musical Theatre styles.

Her experience as a singer has given her first-hand knowledge to help other singers deal with the perils of performance such as bad sound systems, inability to hear oneself, and communicating with musicians.

She studied the Speech Level Singing method and taught it as a Master Teacher from 2007 to 2013. In 2013, she helped to launch a new education program called Institute for Vocal Advancement, designed to train other voice teachers in how the voice works and how to isolate and fix vocal problems.

She has a wealth of information, tips, and technique to pass along to all beginning and working vocalists.

“I have been a professional actor and singer for over 25 years. Recently, I was asked to front a rock and roll band here in San Francisco. It's been a year and a half of weekly lessons and I don't think I'm EVER going to stop studying with Kathy. She has completely changed my approach to singing. I have a stronger and more versatile voice now than I did in my 20s. I am able to do things that I never dreamed possible. And I'm using my voice the RIGHT way. Two weeks ago, our band did a gig at a local bar. After singing for four straight hours, (including some AC/DC covers,) I honestly felt like I could have done it all over again. Kathy has an amazing ear and an uncanny ability to isolate and fix problem areas. She truly is one of the most gifted teachers I've ever had the pleasure of working with.”
- Ken N.

As a choir and vocal music teacher, I was struggling with overuse of my voice. At times during the past eight years, I've contemplated having to quit teaching singing. But then I met Kathy Kennedy and began to study with her on a weekly basis. What a change! I rarely strain my voice now, and even though I still work with very large groups of singers, I feel my voice is meeting the demands I place on it. I'm so grateful to Kathy for introducing me to this system. I use it with my own choir students to help them learn to sing with greater ease and a larger range. It's not an exaggeration to say my lessons with Kathy saved my voice and my job!

I'm not a safe singer. I love taking risks. The few tweaks (as she called them) that Kathy made to my voice literally saved my voice for my Gospel tour in Poland in December. I was singing the soprano and the alto line throughout the whole concert and it is probably the first time in my life where I stayed connected and didn't finish with a light, airy, tired voice. I felt like a lioness, as if I could do anything I wanted to do with my voice. I have a much clearer and organic idea of what I need to do to not only sing, BUT to SANG through 1st and 2nd bridge. Though they were minor adjustments to make physically, they made huge changes in my voice. I'm less afraid to sing right through my bridges which allows me greater artistic freedom. Now I can do it serenely knowing that I will always land on my feet. It's amazing how much power you can get singing from such a small place. I cannot thank Kathy enough.
- Monique Thomas-Ottaviani

I have been singing and taking voice lessons off and on for 15 years, but have always been sort of lost in the process of how to control my voice without straining, how to connect through my bridges, and how to really have the confidence to take vocal risks. Amazingly, in just one lesson with Kathy, all of my practices made sense to me and I had a very huge a-ha moment where I understood what direction I needed to take my voice. For the first time, someone told me I was lucky to have the voice that I did. Her feedback and teaching approach is encouraging, open, genuine and supportive which makes learning very easy and her constructive feedback is gentle and oh so helpful towards vocal growth. I highly recommend her for any voice type!
- Andrea Aragon
Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist for Van Aragon

Kathy saved my singing voice. When I first went to her, I sang with fear and uncontrollable strain. I was struggling with high notes and thought I had lost my voice. With the healthy singing habit Kathy has assisted me to build, I not only sound better but also sing with comfort. Kathy is an awesome voice trainer. She knows what your problems are and helps you correct them in an encouraging and effective way. If you want to sing with ease and greatness, Kathy can definitely help you out!!!
- Maurice Tien-Min Li, Vancouver, BC, Canada

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