BMus, MMus, Authorised Complete Vocal Technique Teacher Katja Maria Slotte is a Finnish singing teacher, vocal coach, singer, pianist, performer, voice over artist, writer, and music educator. Her approach to teaching is holistic, drawing on a strong background in vocal pedagogy and music education, and based on 20 years of teaching experience.
Encouraged by her own teachers, Katja set off on the teahcing path at the relatively early age of 17, when she got her first official teaching job. Trained at renowned music institutes including the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki, the Conservatory of Rotterdam, and Complete Vocal Institute in Copenhagen, Katja is now based in Rotterdam (NL), where she instructs and mentors singers, coaches teachers and performers, and works with choirs. In 2014 she launched her Online Classroom, offering courses and training in Complete Vocal Technique and other voice, performance and teaching related topics to singers from all over the world. A multi-linguist and nomad at heart, she is regularly teaching in other countries, giving retreats and courses to singers, teachers and creatives.
Katja currently teaches singing and song interpretation at the Dutch Academy for Performing Arts in The Hague. Her commissioned teaching includes workshops and trainings for Institute de formation de l’éducation nationale in Luxembourg, Fontys Rock Academy in Tilburg, ArtEZ Conservatory in Enschede, the Estonian Sociaty for Music Education, The Vocal Couch in Amsterdam, and Stichting Buitenkunst. She develops teaching materials, and is the co-founder of the music education initative Music In All in Luxembourg.
As a performer, Katja’s work includes a variety of music styles from folk, Jazz, pop, world music, and Nordic folk music. She has worked as a singer and musician in projects ranging from bands and a cappella groups to contemporary dance and theatre productions. Recent projects include touring in Dutch theaters with The More The Mary, performing together with the international tango group It Takes Three To Tango, and the 50’s vocal group The Rodettes. Katja is currently preparing a new solo program, ‘The Home In My Heart’, dedicated to wanderers, nomads, and seekers. In her program Katja weaves together stories with songs from her eclectic music background, as she examines topics as roots, home-sickness and nostalgia.