KATJA IS LIKE A BARREL FULL OF KNOWLEDGE AND INSPIRATION
FROM WHERE I CAN DRAW WHENEVER I FEEL STUCK
When I graduated from the Conservatory of Groningen 2012, I was looking for a singing teacher who could further help me with my vocal technique. I was experiencing voice problems, and my sound was not always what I wanted it to be like. I had been taught in Complete Vocal Technique during an exchange year at the Conservatory of Antwerp, and was looking specifically to study more with a CVT teacher with affinity for Jazz. That turned out to be Katja!
Over the years I have followed lessons with Katja, and have been coached by her not just in vocal technique, but also in teaching, performance, planning for major artistic projects – and actually in life in general.
For me, Katja is like a barrel full of knowledge and inspiration from where I can draw whenever I feel stuck. Whether it’s a voice related thing, a question about a student I teach, or organizing my work better – after a lesson with Katja I always have new ideas and insights, and it always helps me to get unstuck!
A moment that I never will forget is, when I was experiencing voice problems and sent Katja a desperate message. She immediately advised me what to do, and put me at ease. Besides being a good advisor, Katja is for me an accountability partner, and above all a very smart, sweet and funny coach. And a real voice nerd! I think working with Katja is so great because she can really help you with a variety of things. She has knowledge of so many things, researches different approaches, and is open to many perspectives. In addition to that, she is reliable and really looks at the person she’s working with. I believe you can’t wish for a better teacher.
Singer, songwriter & voice teacher, The Netherlands
I LOST FEAR!
Katja’s teaching is very inspirational and out of the general singing teaching box. I have worked with other singing teachers, and they were all more or less delivering one style of teaching. Katja has got many ways of getting solutions to one problem, her teaching is very diverse. Many teachers don’t have an artistic life anymore, but Katja has a living music career that she shares – that’s also inspiring me.
After having participated in Katja’s online course, I lost fear! I guess in every singer, because your instrument is a part of yourself, there is a lot of possibility for fear. But if you work together with other people, you lose this fear, since you allow yourself to make bad sounds in front of others. It’s so relieving, it makes you so strong as a learner.
Katja’s goal exercises helped a lot, and have changed my work ethics and my work structure. To be honest – after her online course, I had a structure in my work for the very first time in my life! And that’s a great feeling.
Singer & Voice Teacher, Germany
NOW I FEEL MORE LIKE A REAL VOICE TEACHER
Katja always puts the student in the spotlight. It’s all about YOU and how she can help you the best. She is empathetic and objective at the same time, which makes you feel very comfortable as a student.
I took a course for singing teachers, with Katja as the course instructor. Learning in a group consisting of peers gave me a lot of confidence in my own teaching skills. There will always be those who have more experience, and who are teaching singing for a longer time than I have, but that does not mean I cannot help singers! The teaching tools I have learned are great. And I have learned to trust that I don’t have to rush into solutions, but can take the time to really listen to the singer I’m working with, and then choose the right tool from my toolbox. Now I feel more like a real voice teacher than I did before!
Music Teacher, Singing Teacher & Singer, The Netherlands
SINGING BECAME EASIER
I wanted to learn techniques to improve my “mixed voice” and find more tools for my teaching. I saw a video of Katja on Youtube and wanted to learn more about Complete Vocal Technique. For me, CVT was a completely new approach on working with the voice. It seemed very clear and interesting. I also wanted to learn more tools for my work as a singing teacher.
After having followed an online course with Katja, singing became more easy. I learned better breath support and became able to reach high notes with more ease. I feel my voice doesn’t flip anymore, it’s more stable. Before working with Katja, I did not know why I was doing certain exercices or scales, and I couldn’t apply the techniques into my songs. As a teacher, the course gave me a LOT of tools – simple and efficient exercises, and easy ways to explain things. Now I have more tools to help my students directly in their songs!
Singer & Singing Teacher, Canada
I’VE NEVER LOST MY VOICE AGAIN
As an Early Childhood Music Teacher and choir conductor, I sing every day for my profession: on stage during concerts and teaching young children. To let the children sing with ease it’s important that I sing on their pitch, which is somewhat higher and outside of my comfort zone. I used to become hoarse regularly, especially after speaking for long periods of time, after a busy choir rehearsal or a long teaching day. With coaching some things became better, but my voice always had this weak link. Until I worked with Katja.
Since I started taking lessons with her, my voice can handle much more! I can teach long days, speak and sing: I’ve never lost my voice again! The structured voice techniques for speaking and singing were ingrained in my system already in a couple of intensive lessons. I apply the techniques that I learn directly into my work, and pass them on even to the youngest generation: a healthy use of the voice begins with being a good role model for the youngest of students. Many of the exercises I learn with Katja are possible to bring into the early childhood classroom in game form.
What’s great about Katja is her broad knowledge that goes beyond Complete Vocal Technique, as well as her very personal coaching style. She always finds a way to teach me in a way that I learn the best.
Félice van der Sande
Early Childhood Music Teacher, Choir Director & Singer, The Netherlands
Katja is a great and enthousiastic teacher, with deep and detailed knowledge of the voice and how it works. I find her lessons inspirational and I recommend her strongly. She’s the kind of teacher that makes you sing the songs you never dared to sing and has solutions for every ‘problem’ along the way. Inspiring!
Singer-Songwriter & Vocal Coach, The Netherlands
I AM MUCH MORE CONFIDENT WITH SINGING NOW
I joined Katja’s online classroom because I wanted to know more about the CVT techniques, and be able to use them in my own voice in a more conscious way. I learned a lot and I am very satisfied with this course! Finally I found my ‘head voice’/Neutral, and I can even vary with sound color in it. The course helped me enormously with my breathing, so many things became clearer. I had a lot of discoveries in my voice during this course and keep making discoveries even after it. I am much more confident with singing now, even on stage which is very important for me. I can hit higher notes with more twang, and I can explain much more about the voice to others, it’s amazing!