based: Hampton Park
Subjects: singing and songwriting
Cost: $35 per half hour lesson ($25 if the student is 10 or under.)
Can also offer lessons online.
Katie Visser is a singer-songwriter/performance artist based in Melbourne. Originally, she studied acting and directing, but it wasn't until 2008 after seeing a live performance of "Wicked the Musical" that she realised that no longer should she reduce her singing in the comfort of her own car or shower but see where it could lead to, so she started taking singing lessons. Later that year, she wrote her first song "Stay with me" and the rest soon followed.
In 2011, she released her first experimental EP "Simulacrum" under the Pseudonym "Sisterfreak" that was a mixture of industrial, electronica and rock, however she realised she wanted to get more into the rock side of music and form her own band. In 2013, she released her first single on itunes "Dangerous" and in 2014, she formed the band "Rogue Element" with Tom Czako and Chris Bednarski on guitar, Monique Kenny on Bass and Katie’s husband, Nathaniel, on Drums.
In 2017, Rogue Element disbanded, and Katie formed the acoustic trio "Katie Visser and the Peripheral Figures" alongside Monique on guitar and Nathaniel on percussion and they are currently performing around the Melbourne circuit . They not only perform originals but also covers ranging from Heart, Pink, Kings of Leon, Amy Winehouse and a mixture of artists, both young and old.
In 2017, Katie also debuted her first one woman cabaret show "Katie's 80s" and in 2018, she performed her 2nd Cabaret “It’s not easy being green - a day in the life of an average vegan” which received raved reviews and she is currently working on future cabaret projects.
Katie works as a secondary teacher and she's directed musicals such as The Wiz, Oliver! and Legally Blonde Junior.
She was also a member of RnB Gospel group "Urban Praise" bringing to Melbourne the best of the best of Christian Southern Gospel.
Never one to not work on her craft, Katie still receives vocal tuition and is currently a student of Andrea Marr, one of Australia's biggest Blues sensations and she performs regularly for her end of year showcases and other promotional events. She is also an associate teacher of the Andrea Marr singing school and is currently offering lessons to beginners who want to sing and has been a student of Andrea's since 2010.
Katie has also written a musical.
For more information on Katie Visser's journey as an artist, please visit www.katievisser.com
Andrea Marr has been a professional vocal coach since 1996, having worked as a Senior Associate Teacher at The Jaanz School of singing for 8 years, she went on to teaching singers in high schools alongside Pastor Larry Sebastian earning her Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) credential. Andrea then went on to get her Cert 4 in Training and Assessment and Diploma Of Music and started her own professional vocal coaching business. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Andrea has trained and consulted with some of the best acts in Australia. Andrea has also been the Vocal Coach for R&B Gospel Choir 'Urban Praise' since 2005.
Andrea Marr Music School specialises in developing talent with a focus on scales, song writing, performance and presentation, vocal coaching, vocal production for studios, and audition preparation for TV Shows. Andrea has gathered a team of highly skilled individuals to assist each student to achieve their dreams and go from beginner to touring artist.