Updated: Jul 18
My name is Kayla, and I am a classical singer from New Zealand, now based in Paris, France.
I did not grow up hearing classical music. My musical development involved a wide variety of music, from traditional Māori waiata to 4-part barbershop singing to contemporary religious music to pop/rock/RnB/etc classics and hits... and so much more! This allowed me to develop an appreciation for many genres and to understand the different elements and vocal styles which make each one unique. In our lessons, we will work together to select songs from the music genres you connect with, along with some vocalises, folk songs, and anything else from the classical genre which may support you in your vocal development. Of course, if your genre of choice is classical music, we will select repertoire to suit you and your needs, too!
As a singer, I had to overcome many challenges myself, largely to do with confidence, fear, and self-criticism. All this manifested in my ability to sing with freedom and healthy technique. As well as generally "teaching singing", I particularly specialise in helping students facing similar challenges. Together, we'll deconstruct your unique barriers, discover and develop tools to help you as you work to overcome them, and build up brick-by-brick the confidence and skills to take you to the next level in a safe and supportive environment.
Although I have never faced this challenge myself, I also specialise in helping those who have been told they are "tone deaf". Over time, students develop and learn to trust themselves and their own sense of pitch (knowing whether a note is higher or lower than another and being able to sing it back). Having worked with previous students on this skill, I have found that I really enjoy the process and seeing (hearing!) the progress.
Singing lessons are available in English or French, and can be paired with classical music immersion lessons - discover the history, context, and repertoire of classical music! As well as teaching in the Paris area, online lessons are possible.
Interested in learning more?
I look forward to hearing from you!