Kat has experience teaching and singing opera, jazz, musical theater, and pop. She is able to supply the foundations of a strong vocal technique, while teaching students to sing in whichever style they are most interested in. Additionally, she is able to teach piano, arranging, theory, and composition. Topics she covers include vocal warm ups and technique, breath support, repertoire building, expressivity and musicality, stage presence and much more.
Kat has taught students of all age ranges (from 10 yrs - 50 and is happy to extend the range!) She has years of experience teaching both music as well as academic subject in both private and classroom settings.
Her teaching career began early in college when she taught Spanish to a 5th grade homeroom, as a part of SITES in Oberlin Ohio, as well as special ed Spanish. She was later the French Diction TA and tutor for the French Diction course offered at Oberlin Conservatory, and was also a German tutor during her time in school. She began teaching private voice lessons after she was certified through Oberlin's "teaching of singing" course to teach members and students of the oberlin community. She has since maintained a studio of private students, whom she teaches piano and/or voice. Kat also has experience tutoring Spanish, English, Math (pre-calc and below), and biology. Her current emphasis is on music, however her teaching techniques draw from years of experience teaching many different subjects in many different settings.
When addressing vocal technique, Kat teaches her students to "sing on sensation," so that students become aware of the different components of their vocal mechanism, and have a sense of the different spaces of resonance. Nothing should ever hurt or feel unnatural when it comes to singing!
Kat Vokes grew up in Chicago, studying piano from an early age. She discovered her passion for singing at 12, when she attended Interlochen Arts Camp, where she spent five consecutive summers. In 2008, she began her studies at the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory of Music, intensively studying vocal technique under the direction of Marlene Rosen and Timothy LeFebvre. She graduated from Oberlin’s double degree program with a B.A in comparative literature and a B.M in vocal performance.
Since then, Kat has relocated to New York City, where she has been performing with some of the biggest names in contemporary Jazz, such as Pablo Menares, Edward Perez, Felix Lecaros, Nitzan Gavrieli and Uri Gurvich. Kat has sung in festivals across the United States and Europe, including SongFest, Vancouver Early Music, and MSM Summer Voice Festival.
Kat has experience teaching and singing opera, jazz, musical theater, and pop. She is able to supply the foundations of a strong vocal technique, while teaching students to sing in whichever style they are most interested in. Additionally, she is able to teach piano, arranging, theory, and composition. Topics she covers include vocal warm ups and
I currently work with fourth graders on Common Core learning strategies. I have learned this year new ways of doing math which is the Common Core way. I work with my students on Common Core three to four times a week.
In high school I took cooking classes for a year. I also teach family members and my friend's kid how to cook meals. I bake sweets, make pies, and cook meals.