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Katja Maria is a freelance singing teacher, vocal coach, music educator, singer and musician. Combining her love for singing and various styles of music with a special interest in pedagogy, Katja has gained experience both as a teacher and artist in a variety of fields. She has taught singing and music to people of all ages and backgrounds, and developed into a strong and versatile music professional.

Born and raised in Finland, Katja is currently based in The Netherlands where she runs a private voice studio in the Rotterdam area. She coaches individual singers, choirs and vocal groups, and is a guest teacher for singing and vocal technique at music institutes, conservatories and theatre schools. Katja has taught at schools including Jeugdtheater Hofplein, MBO Theaterschool, Theateropleiding Selma Susanna and ArtEZ Conservatory of Music. During the summer months she teaches singing workshops at Buitenkunst, where she finds a lot of inspiration for her teaching and artistic work in the interaction between art disciplines.

Katja holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education from the renowned Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki, with voice (rhythmical music) as the main instrument. She studied Brazilian music and Jazz vocals at the Conservatory of Rotterdam, and received training in classical voice. Katja also studied both classical and pop/jazz piano, and classical flute. Her interest in vocal techniques and methodology brought Katja to Complete Vocal Institute in Copenhagen, where she studied under world-leading voice researcher Cathrine Sadolin and graduated as an Authorised CVT Teacher.

Being hired for her first teaching job at the age of 17, and being extremely curious towards how people learn, Katja has always loved taking on new teaching challenges. During her studies at the Sibelius-Academy she specialised in Early Childhood Music Education, studying with Soili Perkiö, one of the world-leading experts in the field, and followed several Orff-Schulwerk courses with world-renowned teachers including Doug Goodkin. Alongside of her music studies she worked as a teacher of music, singing and piano, facilitated music lessons for babies and their parents, and worked with choirs. She developed curriculums and programs for teaching music among others at Musik och Kulturskolan Sandels (formerly Brages Musikskola) and at The American School of The Hague, where she worked as a music teacher upon relocating to The Netherlands in 2003. Combining her pedagogical and artistic work, Katja developed educational workshops for concerts and multidisciplinary productions, and participated in several ones as a teacher, singer and musician. From 2007 on she has been fully focusing her teaching activities on teaching voice, and has enjoyed teaching a wide variety of singers from beginners to experienced singers, and amateurs to professionals, recording artists and seasoned performers.

Since 2000 Katja has been giving workshops and professional training for music teachers, singing teachers, school teachers and choir directors around Europe. She has been invited to teach among others at the International Orff-Schulwerk Course organised by the Estonian Society for Music Education, at the Conservatory of Music in Jakobstad, and at professional development courses for music teachers and logopedists organised by the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg. She has trained singing teachers of SKVR Music School in Rotterdam and Fontys Rockacademy in Tilburg, and coached music teachers of Stichting TRIAS in Rijswijk.

Katja writes about singing, vocal pedagogy and music education among others in her blog, and combines her teaching work with performing as a singer and musician herself. She has performed as a solo singer-pianist, and with various groups from duos to bands, a cappella vocal groups to choirs, in styles ranging from Jazz, Pop and Brazilian music to Scandinavian folk music, music theatre and interdisciplinary performances.