I've only been teaching for a few years but it has become something I really enjoy doing! I have taught at various organisations but also as a private tutor. I taught beginner-intermediate vocals and beginner piano at InTune Music Tuition, a small music school in West Lothian whilst also teaching beginner piano privately.
I taught a wide range of pupils of all ages and abilities. Currently, I teach beginner-intermediate vocals and beginner piano with Riverside Music College in Busby. As well as this, I am also an ArtForm Tutor with CultureNL of which I teach children's keyboard classes on a Tuesday evening but have also undertaken other work such as accompanying their adult choirs for performances and All Ability Music which are music classes for people with disabilities.
I am also a vocal and piano cover tutor for Rookie Rockstars. With my pupils at Riverside, I don't just teach the instruments, I try and incorporate as much knowledge about other areas of music as well such as theory, vocal techniques and health tips, performance and stagecraft techniques as well as advice on the music industry etc.
I also help students prepare for their ABRSM and Trinity Rock School exams.
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Katie is a professional and versatile vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter with multitudes of performing experience whether as a soloist or as part of a band. She has been part of several bands including previous college bands, her High School Senior Wind, Jazz and Brass band of which she played the trumpet but also had the opportunity to sing as a soloist and with the Jazz Band. She has performed as a soloist, in bands and in choirs, in many concerts, solo gigs, college gigs, care homes, primary schools/toddler groups, events and venues including George Square, the Old Fruitmarket, Paris and for Lord Sebastian Coe at a sports event as well as multiple venues all over Scotland. Playing with these bands also gave Katie the opportunity to compete in prestigious competitions, often winning Platinum, Gold and Silver awards as well as jazz awards.
She is completely versatile in what genres she can sing and can adapt to any given genre and to give a clearer insight, she is able to sing genres such as; Jazz, Pop, Rock, Musical Theatre, Blues, Motown, Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Soul, Classical, Heavy Rock, Contemporary Christian Music, Scat including Jazz Standard etc! Vocally wise, she has a highly skilled technical vocal ability in terms of vocal gymnastics, harmonies, melisma and improvisation. She is able to incorporate many different elements of vocal stylings and can improv on cue. She has a deep knowledge and understanding of the voice and how it works as well as vocal techniques and theory. She has had a year's training in Musical Theatre including Estill training and has been in musicals and pantos! She has even led her own Youth Worship Band, working alongside the youth in the youth group as well as volunteering in youth lunch groups in high schools and performing in a Church Worship Band!
She has a wide range of skills and knowledge in Music Theory, Music Business, Music History, Song Writing, Performance, Composition, Entrepreneurship, Logic Pro X and has built up a wide, versatile and lengthy repertoire. She also tends to create arrangements for her own take on a song. She can sight read very well and can learn pieces quickly if needs be. She can also accompany herself on the piano and guitar when singing. She works very closely with harmonies and has a good ear for harmonising and improvising with scales/keys etc and when singing with other vocalists. She has also been part of several recording/session/online collaborative projects involving other collaborators including having recorded vox for library music and TV ads.
She has studied an HNC in Musical Theatre at Motherwell College, HNC-HND Music at the Academy of Music and Sound Glasgow and is planning to go back to university to finish her degree. She has experience of teaching students of all ages and levels of experience as a private tutor and with InTune Music. Katie has also taught at Gymboree Play and Music as an Early Years Development teacher using music and imaginative play. She is also a bank vocal and piano tutor for CultureNL as well is a vocal and piano tutor with Riverside Music College and a cover tutor with Rookie Rockstars. She has also volunteered at the Shaw Trust in Edinburgh, delivering songwriting workshops as part of their well-being programme.
As well as this, she’s currently the lead vocalist and pianist for newly established Glasgow based function band, Rough Diamond and is also involved with a few projects, one being her originals project, writing, recording and collaborating with other musicians on her originals with the view to releasing an E.P and gigging in the future as well as writing lyrics and recording vox recording collaborations with other artists, a few of which she will be gigging across Scotland at festivals etc. She has just finished working on a project with an artist who is releasing an album worldwide of which she has recorded vocals for. Lastly, she is also a musician with Genre Music as a resident solo vocalist/pianist with regular gigs, she has also been involved in a few more recording collaborations so far and had organised a successful gig for SAMH raising almost over £200.
Katie also has started running a monthly all-female musician jam night in Pirate Studios in Glasgow with the aim of bringing together female musicians who may feel that they never have the opportunity to play with other females or not even feel confident enough to even just play. She is also a volunteer with SAMH and is looking to set up songwriting workshops with them.
Describing herself as a modern-day Stevie Nicks with a little bit of Lzzy Hale, Taylor Momsen, Norah Jones, Adele and Stevie Wonder thrown in the mix, Katie considers herself to be very versatile and experienced in performing and vocals and pride herself on her friendly nature and professionalism. She always takes a professional approach to everything she does and absolutely loves and is incredibly passionate about music and is eager to share that enthusiasm with everybody else out there!
To book your first lesson with me, or to find out more about my lessons, don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing me on [email protected].
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