"Improvisation On Canvas"

Class Description:

Students will participate in an "Improvisation On Canvas" Clinic. This is a painting to Jazz Music via CD's. The focus will be on the freedom of expression in the abstract, using texture and colors to guide them. We will utilize several jazz artists of the Be Bop era... IE, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Dizzy, Miles, etc... Students will paint totally from intuition. Acrylic, Pastel's and Watercolor can be the medium. Oils are OK as well, but the room needs proper ventilation.

Students are given specific guidelines, such as putting to canvas, what they are hearing.. IE.. Visual Interpretations of Audio recordings by the Jazz Greats.

Students are encouraged to "Hear" in color and "Listen" for shape inspiration. Modern Abstractions and also realistic works are both acceptable, however, this is a great learning tool for thinking outside the box and at on the spur of the moment. Students will be asked to have no preconceived ideas before they start applying their medium to canvas.

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Kathy teaches a variety of subjects including:

Gainful Employment and Hustling the Gig

Lyrically Speaking (Vocal Interpretation on Jazz Standards)

Kamikaze Combo Clinic (Surviving Skills for the Jobbing Date)

A partial list of colleges and universities where Kathy has been an artist in residence:

Albertson College,
Adrian College,
Alabama School of Fine Arts,
Alma College,
Aquinas College,
Arkansas State,
Baker University,
Bellevue CC,
Butler Community College,
BYU Utah and Idaho,
Casper College,
College of DuPage,
Community College of Southern Nevada,
Eastern Illinois U,
Georgia Southern College,
Georgia State College,
Grand Valley State,
Hastings College,
Hinds C.C.,
Hope College,
Illinois State,
Indiana Wesleyan University,
Indiana State U,
Indiana U,
Iowa State,
Johnson County CC,
Kirkwood CC,
Lee College,
Lincoln Trail College,
Marshall U,
Meridian C.C.,
Mesa State,
Metro State College of Denver,
Miami Dade Comm. College,
Michigan Tech,
Milliken U,
Missouri Southern State U.,
Murray State University
New Mexico State U,
Newtrier H. S.,
North Park University,
Northeastern Illinois U,
Northern Arizona U,
Northern Illinois U,
Notre Dame,
Ohio State U,
Oklahoma State U,
Purdue U,
Roosevelt U,
Snow College,
Sterling College,
Scottsdale Community College,
Tiffin U,
U of Alabama,
U of Central Arkansas,
U of Dubuque,
U of Illinois,
U of Memphis,
U of Miami,
U of Louisville
U of Michigan,
U of Northern Arizona,
U of Southern Mississippi,
U of Tampa,
U of Texas ElPaso,
Wallace State CC,
Wayne State U,
West Virginia
Weslyan College,
Western Michigan,
West Shore CC,
Valdosta State.


"...An in the pocket swinger with a sultry alto and a literate feel for lyrics..." – Paul de Barros – Seattle Times Jazz Critic

"...Her words flow as effortlessly as maple syrup over hot pancakes..." – Ralph A. Miriello – Huffington Post

"Kathy Kosins is a joy to hear. Her lyrics on Hershey's Kisses melt in her mouth." – Johnny Mandel

"...the CD is already hot on the jazz radio charts and as fiery as her red hair!" – Arturo Gomez – KUVO Music Director

"If you have not heard of vocalist Kathy Kosins before that's too bad, because she is the real deal..." – Pierre Giroux – Audiophile Audition

"She thinks like a musician' is one of her finest compliments you can give a jazz vocalist, and Detroit native Kathy Kosins is often at the receiving end of that comment..." – John Norton; WGLT Music Director

"Instead of rehashing Julie London's "Cry Me a River," she unearths a relative rarity; the melancholy "November Twilight," which Kosins invests with her own sense of autumnal ruefulness..." – George Bulanda – Hour Detroit

"One thing I've always enjoyed about Kathy Kosins is her ability to "sell the song". Kosins is a melodic storyteller. Her voice is rich and warm as she interprets and vocally explores each song on this tribute CD..." – LAJazz.com

Dr. Herb Wong writes in Jazz Education Journal "She delivers natural and sure-pitch with seemingly effortless expression..."

"As you know, I have had numerous nationally recognized artists here and am honored to say that you are at the top of the list in terms of the total and overall educational opportunity you gave to the students while maintaining the highest professional standards with the music." - Dr. David Champouillon, Bach Artist/Clinician

"Thank you for touching so many young musicians. You are refreshing, energetic, and captivating. The students still request your songs for their daily listenings. You are a "star" in their eyes!" - Brenda Mechling, Choral Director, Carl Albert High School.

"Kathy is an outstanding vocalist and entertainer. The experience our studens had working with and accompanying her was exceptional." - Lloyd Jones, Director of Bands, University of North Alabama.

"She gave everyone a very positive experience that provided both entertainment and jazz education. I highly recommend Kathy as a clinician for future college and high school jazz events." - Brenda Butler, Director of Vocal Music, Snider High School.

"Kathy Kosins represents the many great things happening in vocal jazz today," said Arthur White, NSU director of Jazz Studies. "She is a stellar interpreter, a great songwriter, and a consummate performer..."

"As the Festival Director, I will tell you it is always a relief to bring an artist to the Festival who not only can perform, but one who is willing to get involved in the educational component as well. Thank you for your clinics and your flexibility to work with us." Jerry Floor, Festival Director, The Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival

"Recently we had the pleasure to present jazz vocal stylist Kathy Kosins as our guest. The Musical arrangements that she sent for her concert were challenging and exciting. .... Kathy received a standing ovation for her performance with the Jazz Arts Big Band. I had many folks come up to me after the concert with the admonition that Kathy was one of the finest guests that Jazz Arts presented." Bob Anderson, Program Director, Jazz Arts Group of Fargo-Moorhead

"I would heartily recommend her as a clinician for your jazz voice students, or for your music students in general, as her knowledge of the music business allows her to provide students with desperately needed information" - Ellen Rowe, Professor of Jazz Studies, University of Michigan School of Music

"Anyone who has students who wish to make a living as professional musicians at any level or in any style of music would benefit from Kathy's research and expertise in this area and her clinic would be of tremendous value to those students. I recommend the clinic highly!" - Jennifer Shelton, Director of Vocal Jazz, Chicago College of the Performing Arts, Roosevelt University

"Kathy combines her knowledge of the voice and business savvy with internet-based research and real life experiences to present an in depth look at the realities of the music business. I know she is capable of also presenting in depth clinics on jazz and commercial vocal stylings, lyric interpretation and delivery, song writing and producing your own CD." - April Arabian Tini, Director Vocal Jazz, Wayne State University

"Kathy has a great sense of style and sings with wonderful time as well. The hint of R&B in her voice is very hip and sets her apart from other female jazz vocalists. She provided excellent charts for our band and faculty sextet to play. The clinic/workshop on Hustling the Gig was right on and our students got some good information to take with them." - Steve Widenhofer Chair, Music Industry Studies, Milliken University

"Her performance was all one would expect from a talented, seasoned professional jazz singer. It was highly artistic and musical, spontaneous and engaging and possessed a wonderful personal element that I found enthralling. It was equally enriching to hear her speak about the music business; how one should prepare for it and how to survive in it. I would highly recommend her to any group or institution that could benefit from what she has to offer." - Larry Lapin Professor, Jazz Studies, University of Miami

"Her materials were up to date, timely and thorough and many who attended asked when we could have her back for another session! This presentation is a must for professional music schools all over the country. In fact, I would encourage everyone to use Ms. Kosins' services and even consider scheduling private appointments with advanced students who can ask questions tailored to their specific needs." - Diana Spradling, Jazz Studies, Western Michigan University

"I have been acquainted with Kathy for three years, and I have found her to be a musician of the highest caliber." "Kathy is an outstanding vocalist and entertainer. The experience our students had working with and accompanying her was exceptional." - Lloyd Jones, Director of Bands, University of North Alabama

Gainful Employment - Hustling The Gig 

A Clinic of Life-Learned Lessons regarding the obtaining of employment more commonly known as: “HUSTLING THE GIG”

  • I introduce the student to the practical reality of turning musical talent into cash
  • Students have spent hundreds of hours perfecting their craft, and little if any time learning how to “hustle the gig”.
  • My clinic blends experience, street smarts and humor along with printed materials to introduce your students to:

1) The Art of Networking to secure gigs on all levels (clubs to corporate)

2) How to identify the client/customer

A. Materials and Tools used to identify the client

B. Methodology of securing the gig

i. The approach-the first contact (working the phones-schmoozing the client)

ii. How to create and use materials for submission

iii. The follow-up-closing the deal

Additional areas covered in Intermediate Clinic

3) The Use of Contracts - Pros & Cons

4) Contracting Musicians - Pros & Cons

5) How to Pay Your Musicians

6) Booking & Taxes

  • The Jazz Singer’s Creed - “My voice is equally useful to me as an instrument for securing employment as it is in successful performance”

A Jazz Singer's Clinic - "Lyrically Speaking"
What is a Mani* 

This clinic discusses the necessity of using the English language as part of your Art Form.

Discussion points include:

  • The singer’s artistic obligation to respect and preserve the artistic integrity of the lyricist’s work
  • “They’re writing songs of love - but not for me” I. Gershwin
  • Do I have any idea what I’m singing? Do I Care?
    Is this simply an exercise on hearing my chops?
  • “The real turtle soup or merely the mock?” C. Porter
  • The importance of the lyric being understood by the audience.
  • Who are you singing to?
  • Which came first - the lyric or the melody?
  • The genesis of a song and its value to you - the singer
  • For whom were the songs originally created?
  • Phrasing - telling the story, or leaving them scratching their heads.
  • My larynx - experimentation, investigation, risk taking, and common sense.

Kamikaze Combo Clinic
(On The Job Surviving Skills For The Jobbing Date)

This clinic will cover:

  • Band leadership
  • Head charts
  • Styles of music (latin, swing, ballad, etc.)
  • Soloing
  • Tempo changes
  • Key transposing
  • Accompanying a vocalist and/or a soloist
  • Real life experience in a controlled classroom environment in order to evaluate the individual preparedness and employability in the jobbing date market.