Clients of The Voice Studio talk about their
experiences studying with our teachers
For Katie Guthorn
“I work at a
"transformational" business that expands our human potential, and the
people I work with decided to produce a public event in a few months
that involves singing... and damn! I have absolutely no experience
singing and I even considered myself tone deaf. Now, I'm a pretty brave
guy - I can speak to a thousand people without getting nervous and I've
even firewalked over 40 feet of red hot coals... but the idea of
singing just terrified me!
However, instead of coming up with an excuse for not participating -
which is very tough when you're the CEO, I decided to take a few
lessons with Katie at the Voice Studio to see if I could somehow learn
how to carry a tune and not embarrass myself.
I cannot express with only the written word, how amazing the process of
learning to sing was - over the course of just a few lessons - as
taught by Katie... Here, let me demonstrate what I could do after just
TWO lessons: aprinstitute.com/Downloa…
I recorded this on my iPhone this after just two lessons with Katie,
using some dumb karaoke app. What's more, I discovered that singing is
REALLY FUN, and I don't even CARE if it sounds good or not. Singing is
learning how to "play" with your voice. It's like making love with
speech. Never having sung in public is like never having made love!
It's, it's... damn, singing is so fun and exhilarating that it just
makes you want to quit your job and become a professional musician!
Finally, I found one interesting lasting effect of learning how to
sing. When you sing, and bridge your falsetto with your lower "normal"
voice, that usually creaky middle range resonates right in your "heart
chakra". This is why great singers, like Sade and Sting, can elicit so
much emotion with their songs - they sympathetically resonate in your
heart. The lasting effect of learning how to sing, is that I have
deepened my natural ability as a public speaker, so that my speaking
voice can now also "resonate in the heart chakra" which has made more
more compelling as a public speaker.
So I am more than happy to testify... you meet true teachers, like
Katie, only once in a lifetime. She shares a deep wisdom & patience
that truly actualizes human potential, and makes it possible for the
most singing-impaired people, like I used to be, to become one of those
wacky people happily singing in the car as they sit trapped alongside
you in a traffic jam on the freeway... there's an amazing inner freedom
available to you when you learn how to sing when you drive... so I am
no longer a prisoner, of the fine white lines, of the white lines on
the free, free way…”
Ma (Yelp review)
"Katie is helping
me to understand what it means to keep my vocal chords together and not
to damage my voice when I sing with my band."
-Layla Allman, lead singer
“I just wanted to
take time to thank you, Katie, for the excellent voice instruction
you’ve given and continue to give to my daughter, Lauren. I was
impressed from the very first lesson. You are a gifted professional who
is able to address the needs and talents of your individual students.
Your warm and caring nature is also very much appreciated.
What I like most is that Lauren is learning to sing in a healthy and
technically correct way and that she's had several opportunities to
practice what she's learning through Voice Studio performances. I
couldn't be happier with her progress. Thank You! “
wenty-year-old singer Josh Groban, discovered by Seth Riggs and
introduced to world-renowned producer/writer/arranger David Foster,
Josh's journey to his label home, the Foster/Warner Bros. joint venture
- 143 Records - his story reads like that of show business legend.
-Mary Beth Bradford, mother of Lauren Bradford, singer/drummer
“I have been
taking lessons with Katie Guthorn for over 3 years and have benefited
tremendously. Katie is a well trained, kind, creative teacher with an
excellent ear. Since our lessons must be over the phone, these
attributes become even more imperative.
Each lesson imparts valuable information to body, mind and spirit. Less
than optimal vocal production tendencies are exposed and trained with
“antidotes”- vocalizing which isolates those tendencies in order to
eliminate bad habits and replace them with excellent ones. I am
learning how to sing with a more relaxed larynx, to narrow vowels and
to calm down my ingrained habit to over-blow. Just these things alone
are creating great change, but there are many other wonderful shifts in
my ability and understanding of voice. The best part, however, is the
exhilarating experience of effortless vocalizing when vowels are kept
narrow with correct balance of cord closure and air pressure!
We all know that joyful, effortless singing is possible and we love the
accompanying resonance; yet the ability to do so usually requires help.
A great teacher is one who can hear and feel the obstacles to easy
production and intelligently work that terrain until those obstacles
are gone. Finding such a teacher and method is, in itself, not an easy
Katie rises to the occasion at each new plateau or discovery. If you
love to sing, then these lessons will transform your life!”
-Lyn Dean, Singer/Teacher
“I would like to recommend Katie Guthorn as a teaching instructor. She
is always very professional and yet has a great way with children as
well as adults. She is able to target in on problem areas and help her
students achieve their goals.
Katie has been most helpful with my eleven year old son and has helped
him expand his vocal range more than an octave. My son said that
‘Katie's very nice and her technique is really helpful!’” One of the
most important attributes that Katie has is that she is a skillful
vocal coach. She is able to build confidence as well as help develop
useful vocal skills. I would definitely recommend Katie Guthorn for
adults as well as children.”
-Megan Alexander, mother of Caleb
For Kathy Kennedy
“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
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
As 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.
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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