Workshops for individuals or small groups

“Kate’s workshops are a perfect model of how a skilled teacher assesses individual students’ abilities and then takes them from where they are to as far as they can go. Her ability to create an encouraging and collegial atmosphere greatly enhances the joy of learning.” —Ann B.

Kate’s intimate home studio classes give students an opportunity to learn in a friendly and fun group setting.

Fall 2017

“Kate is a master of jazz phrasing, moving melody and lyrics to suit her purpose, taking her listeners on an expressive journey that makes even old songs sound new again. Her rhythmic groove is flawless, her use of flatted notes and altered intervals so easy and natural, her command of the tune so personal that a song issues from her mouth like a cloud of butterflies. You could swear she was making the tune up entirely.” —Halifax Chronicle Herald

This fall, join Kate for an intimate studio class that explores the art of ‘phrasing’, how a singer moves melody and rhythm around to make a song their own. And there’s a concert at the end with two of Vancouver’s finest jazz musicians. Class details below.

Phrasing: how to make any song YOUR song

**Studio classes Thursdays , October 5, 12, 19, 26 and Performance at The Cottage Bistro on Tuesday November 7 **
6:30-8:30 PM East Vancouver
Class size to 8 singers
Fee: $200**

This intimate class offers offers essential tools for shaping your personal performance through ‘phrasing’, the major component of any singer’s tool kit. Intermediate and advanced singers are welcome. No music reading skills are necessary. Take home helpful handouts from each class! (Do a little bit of homework each week and see how fast you learn!)

Working with a selection of choice jazz standards, students will learn more about:
Changing the rhythm of the melody.
Changing the melody of the song.
How to make good choices that make you sound professional.
Working with a microphone.

Four nights of preparatory work culminate in the 5th week with a concert at The Cottage Bistro on November 7th.

Class size is limited to 10 singers.

Pre-registration is recommended.

Questions? Contact me by e-mail.

Past students say:

“This was so much fun. Digging deeper into the melody and the lyric has made me think differently about everything.” —Judy N.

“I had never really sung solo, let alone with a real jazz musician. Kate helped me to feel comfortable and that made it easy to take risks. I want to learn more songs now!” —Linda W.

What’s blooming in Spring 2017?


“I learned so much in the Vocology course, not least that music should be (and can be!) fun. Kate is very generous in sharing her astonishing expertise, and her teaching style is warm and utterly non-threatening. I started out feeling nervous and intimidated but very quickly shifted to feeling excited and inspired. I’d recommend this course very highly, not least for the opportunity to work with such a talented and inspiring professional. “ – Jane F.(workshop participant)

“The Vocology Jams were eye (and ear) opening for me. I feel like my singing has improved just by thinking about these things.” —Mary K.

“Fascinating stuff. Learning how my instrument works and how to make immediate improvements in my sound was a revelation. And it was a fun class.” —Susan L.

“Kate’s Vocology workshop made me so much more aware that singing is something that we all can do. It’s all about finding Your Best Voice and opening yourself up to the possibility that you too can be a singer. The fun and supportive environment made it a life-changing experience for me!” - Sue B.(workshop participant)

“I thoroughly enjoyed Kate’s Vocology workshops. Learning the science behind voice mechanics and trying out new techniques on fabulous old jazz tunes made for the perfect combo.” —Danna M. (workshop participant)

the vocal inspiration series: four steps to reinventing your voice

**postponed… stay tuned for dates and times*

This intimate series of supportive workshops that will help you re-connect with YOUR music. Whether you want to improve your technique, move beyond performance anxiety, deepen your interpretation, or become a better improviser or performer, these classes will inspire and motivate you.

Lots of singing and supportive discussion will help you move into a new depth of freedom, performance and interpretation.

Space is limited, so sign up soon!
A minimum of four students is required for these workshops to run.

Week 1: reconnecting with your creative voice

Get back to basics with your voice. Fundamental techniques that help your breath and sound will free you to sing with YOUR voice!

Week 2: phrasing basics

Interpretation of lyrics is fundamental to finding your style. Explore a variety of lyrics and the basics of getting ‘inside the text’.

Week 3:
moving through your song with ease

Go deeper into your song. This class introduces the concept of song-based improvisation, allowing you to create new melodic interest without losing the sense of your song.

Week 4:
improvising made easy

Afraid to improvise? Already improvising but need a new direction or some inspiration? Four simple ideas will inspire you to sing melodic and spontaneous changes that make sense and connect you to your musicality in the moment.

Read more of what Kate’s students say…

Other popular classes that will return soon:

The GREAT AMERICAN SONG BOOK: The Composers and Their Songs (Part Two)

Great American Song Book students say:

“Wonderful! The anecdotes and historical information culled by Kate are so interesting, and we sing the songs with Kate’s provision of easy-to-read charts in singable keys.” – Linda V.

“What a joy to wander through this amazing field of music. The classic songs, the stories about the composers, the singing! So much fun!” – Tess B.

For more information, please contact**
Singers of all levels are welcome to this fun and informative class that looks at the composers of some of the greatest songs of the last hundred years. From Irving Berlin to Burt Bacharach, these composers made a cultural contribution the like of which will never be seen again. Each evening will be dedicated to a single composer. We will sing 6 songs and learn about the composers lives, what inspired their timeless songs, and more. Lots of group singing, no music reading skills necessary. Last season we sang the music of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, and Harry Warren. The spring session features the amazing songs of Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Van Heusen, and Burt Bacharach!

Take all the easy-to read lead sheets home with you, and expand your repertoire!

Class size is limited to 20 singers. Pre-registration is recommended. Contact Kate by e-mail with questions or to register.