Home to Grammy Award winning, American Idol and Apollo Theater winning singers.

Kate Baker offers private lessons and workshop intensives in vocal technique and repertoire development.

Kate’s contemporary vocal technique is an accumulation of over 25 years of training and performance. Kate is a master in vocal pedagogy, beginning with the Art of Bel Canto to the Masters of Voice Science. She enables students to develop the most up to date contemporary music singing technique. As the mind and body is the instrument, the influence of Alexander technique, yoga and Feldenkrais methods are intertwined. Your instrument will increase in range, sound will become free and resonant and tone will develop with colors and dimension.

Lessons are held in Greenwich Village, NYC and West Orange, NJ or by Skype for out of town students. Classes are an hour, 45 minutes or a half hour and longer if needed.

E-mail for more info. To get started, fill out Kate's basic student questionnaire.

Vocal Technique — for Professional Singers and Up and Coming Artists

  • Expand range
  • Eliminate vocal “breaks” between registers; develop smooth sound from top to bottom
  • Learn breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Maximize vocal growth and achieve your vocal potential
  • Incorporate vocal technique into songs
  • Improve flexibility and work on strength training; add power and resonance to your sound
  • Learn effective warm up and cool down exercises
  • Work on accent reduction and articulation
  • Introduction of advanced vocal exercises, a powerful vocal workout incorporating modes, different scales and chord progressions to advance musicianship and ear training while developing the voice

Voice Therapy — for Abused and Damaged Voices

  • Heal conditions such as: chronic hoarseness, vocal nodes, muscle tension sysphoria and other vocal injuries
  • Incorporate proper singing and speaking into performance and everyday life
  • Correct breathing problems
  • Eliminate vocal stress
  • Rebuild vocal stamina
  • Repair the devastating results of vocal abuse and improper use of voice
  • Learn the tools to maintain the health of your own voice throughout your career

Vocal Coaching — for Today's Pop, Jazz, Rock and R&B Singer

Learn to make the song your own, working on:​
  • Rhythm
  • Phrasing
  • Hearing through the chord changes to improvise or riff
Understanding musical styles, including:
  • The blues
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Jazz
  • R&B

Group Classes — Performance and Repertoire Coaching
(Private Lessons Also Available)

  • Immersion in American popular music and Jazz standards, listening to the masters
  • Choose a repertoire individual to the singer, including correct keys
  • Work on phrasing and lyrics, “telling the story”
  • Preparation for performance, putting together an effective program
  • Work on style, vocal and microphone technique and enhance sound textures
  • Develop musicianship, understanding form and chord changes, singing the bass line, hearing the changes, singing counter melodies against changes
  • Find and develop your own personal sound
  • Guidelines for arranging songs and communicating with the band

Group Classes — Performance and Repertoire Coaching
(Private Lessons Also Available)

  • Immersion in American popular music and Jazz standards, listening to the masters
  • Choose a repertoire individual to the singer, including correct keys
  • Work on phrasing and lyrics, “telling the story”
  • Preparation for performance, putting together an effective program
  • Work on style, vocal and microphone technique and enhance sound textures
  • Develop musicianship, understanding form and chord changes, singing the bass line, hearing the changes, singing counter melodies against changes
  • Find and develop your own personal sound
  • Guidelines for arranging songs and communicating with the band

Vocal Building and Strengthening Small Group Class
(For Cost and Times please call)

This revolutionary class will help you find, build, strengthen and develop your own personal sound.
 
Weekly 45-minute small group class will give you the tools to:
  • Build the voice
  • Increase resonance and power, agility and tone
  • Use laryngeal resistance, proper alignment and resonance techniques
  • Correct and get rid of tension and strengthen the correct muscle groups to achieve the sound you would like and sing with
Who ever said there wasn't a gym for the voice!

Jazz Workshop
Focus on the essentials of jazz technique, including learning to:

This revolutionary class will help you find, build, strengthen and develop your own personal sound.
  • Hear changes
  • Improvisation
  • Phrasing
  • Ear training
  • Rhythm
  • Studying the masters
  • Singing with a band
  • Being able to communicate to your band
  • Intros and endings
  • Arranging a song
  • Repertoire
  • Bebop heads
  • Developing your own style

Pop Workshop:
Become a Performing Artist!

  • Study what makes a singer unique and a star
  • Develop your voice, including voice building exercises
  • Learn to write and perform songs and make a song your own
  • Learn how to communicate and sing with a band
  • Study and perform a wide range of popular vocal music styles, including hip-hop, rhythm and blues, soul and Motown
  • Repertoire from Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Maria Carey, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder and others

Pricing & Policies

Pricing — Private Lessons
Hourly  
45 minutes 
1/2 hour 
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Pricing — Group Class
50–60 minutes
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First Class
New students should either fill out the questionnaire here or arrive 10 minutes early. Bring something to tape the lesson and one piece of sheet music. You can bring or send a sample if you have recordings as an mp3 file.

Mark Murphy

Legendary Jazz Singer

“Kate Baker knows the needs of a jazz singer and is great at fixing and analyzing their problems."