593 words about me
(FEEL FREE TO SKIM A LOT OF IT, I'll never know)
Hey, I'm Kim and I have the best job in the world. I'm a vocal coach who works with singers who feel stuck.
Many of my students have been singing for years but know deep down that it just doesn’t feel right.
That is should be easier. That they shouldn’t feel tense or like they’ll lose their voice after a show.
That singing should be joyful and creative and not just an analytical, technique-obsessed slog.
SO WHO DO I WORK WITH?
Singers who are frustrated because they've been working on their voice for a while but still can't get the sound they're after.
Those who want to rediscover the creativity and emotional expression of singing while building their vocal consistency and efficiency.
Performers who want to walk into gigs or auditions with confidence, knowing that their technique is solid.
Vocalists who are struggling to get through multiple performances without fatigue.
Artists who want to do big things and put their music out in the world but are battling with fear and self doubt.
If you want to make amazing changes to your sound, feel like you can rely on your voice, overcome your fears and see just what you’re capable of - you've come to the right place.
If you want working on your voice to be equally informative and enjoyable rather than dry and seven levels of serious, you're also in the right place (because let's face, it's meant to be fun).
Singing is not just something you learn how to do to impress people (although if that's your jam, that's cool with me). It often goes above and beyond that.
It's something that increases your confidence as you see yourself improving.
It's something that makes you feel creative and more artistic.
It's a way to express yourself and your emotions (without the hangover).
WANT TO KNOW MY DEAL?
I got into teaching because I wanted to connect with other singers.
But I didn't just want to give them technical advice each and every week. I wanted to inspire them, show them that they can do more than they ever thought possible and help them to feel more courageous and motivated.
I was frustrated when I was learning to sing growing up that I put in so much time and effort and was still having vocal problems. I figured there had to be an easier way to explain these concepts - and there was.
I teach because there are too many singers out there beating themselves up because "they're too stupid to get it".
I teach because there are a boatload of people that need encouragement and that little push to help them take a leap of faith and start improving their voice.
I teach because I am passionate about showing people that they can sing despite what their brother/aunt/choir teacher in Grade 3 told them.
I teach because there's nothing I'd rather do than to help my students develop as singers and as people.
THE NITTY GRITTY (SLIGHTLY BORING) THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO KNOW ABOUT ME
I graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Victoria University of Wellington, majoring in Performance Voice.
I have spent a number of years performing on the stage and at live venues while continuing to learn new techniques and concepts from top singing teachers in Australia, New Zealand, the US, the UK and Europe.
With over 20 years of singing experience under my belt, I have taught and performed using a number of musical styles including classical, musical theatre, modern pop and rock and soul.
OKAY, WHAT NEXT?
If I get your personal seal of approval but you'd like to take it slow and get to know my teaching style a little, head on over to Where Do I Start?
If you're keen to just jump in and go on a first date (have an initial lesson or take one of my courses), take a peek at the Singing Lessons page to explore how we can work together.
I'm also available to answer any of your questions even if you think they're silly (which they're not) and help you decide the best plan of attack, so if you'd like to contact me, don't be shy!