Personal Statement & Experience

Performing, teaching, writing music, and sharing this musical knowledge and experience with students, is my passion. I am a professional singing teacher/vocal coach and piano instructor who is dedicated and committed to providing a solid and inspirational music education for my students. Since I began teaching music in 1997, I have gained a wealth of experience from tutoring individuals, as well as groups of all ages, from as young as 3 to as old as 95 years old. I also teach community groups, and have experience working with autistic children. My teaching focuses are on voice, piano, and music performance skills.


From an early age, I have studied and performed music. Though my main fields of study are voice and piano, I have also studied composition, theory, direction, history, band leading, microphone technique, performance, and multiple wind, string and percussion instruments.

  • 1999-2003 : Leeds College of Music, Leeds, UK, Diploma of Higher Education in Jazz and Contemporary Music with emphasis on voice and piano
  • 1997-1999 : Sundsgarden’s Folkhogskola, Helsingborg, Sweden Music studies, including jazz piano and jazz vocal
  • 1996-1997 : Helsingborgs School of Music, Helsingborg, Sweden
  • 1995-1996 : Uddevalla School of Music, Uddevalla, Sweden

Educational Achievements

  • 2000 - Recipient, “Best Jazz Singer Award”, Leeds College of Music
  • 2000 - Female lead in “Jesus Christ Superstar”, Leeds College of Music
  • 1999 - Scholarship from Orkelljunga Rotary Club, Sweden

Teaching Experience and Employment History

  • Paris 5000 Music & Film, work as songwriter, recording artist, singer, pianist & lyricist , Hollywood, USA 2016-present
  • The French Conservatory of Music, Beverly Hills, USA, 2015-present
  • Santa Monica Academy of Music, Los Angeles, USA, 2015-present
  • RK Records, Los Angeles, USA, 2014
  • Horipro Music Academy/The Conservatory of Performing Arts, Los Angeles, USA , 2014-2018 Culver City Music Centre, Culver City, USA , 2013-present
  • Santa Monica Music, Santa Monica, Culver City, USA , 2013-present
  • Individual private lessons in my home and at students’ homes, Sweden, UK & USA, 1999-present Dixon Allerton Academy, Bradford, UK, 2009-2011
  • Ilkley Grammar School, Ilkley, UK, 2010-2011
  • Leeds College of Music, Leeds, UK, 2000-2012
  • Benton Park School, Rawdon, UK, 2002-2011
  • Bingley Grammar School, Bingley, UK, 2005-2011
  • Intake Performing Art School, Bramley, Leeds, UK, 2001-2009
  • Center Stage Performing Art School, Rawdon, UK, 2006-2012
  • Bramley Elderly Action, Bramley, Leeds, UK, 2005-2007
  • Helsingborg’s School of Music, Helsingborg, Sweden, 1997-1999

Summary of Key Teaching Skills and Responsibilities

  • Teaching of vocal technique and vocal exercises
  • Development of vocal range and voice quality
  • Piano instruction/teaching - including music theory
  • Piano accompaniment of students
  • Inquiry-based teaching
  • Development of musicianship and performance skills
  • Leading and conducting of bands and choirs
  • Written evaluation of student progress
  • Creation of individualized, engaging, and goal directed lesson plans
  • Student motivation
  • Teaching the importance of integrating music theory and vocal practice * Confidence building and individual style encouragement
  • Organization of student performances


In addition to teaching, I have worked and am working as a professional singer and pianist in the UK, Sweden and USA. I’ve performed at venues such as The Harrogate Brasserie and The Katana Bar in Harrogate, UK, Dunkers Kulturhus and Helsingborg’s Konserthus in Helsingborg, Sweden, The Federal Bar in Los Angeles and The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, The House Of Blues, Hollywood, The Malibu lnn/Casa Escobar, Malibu, among many others. As the lead vocalist in “Simply Swing”, the flagship jazz band of The Event Music Company based in Yorkshire, UK, I performed at many types of events at jazz clubs, bars, restaurants, hotels, castles, festivals and weddings. I have performed with various other bands, duos, trios, and big bands. In Los Angeles, I work as a jazz singer, I am one half of the up and coming singer/songwriter duo ‘SandraKota’ and I am a band member/singer in the former ‘Tower Of Power’ singer Lenny Goldsmith’s band ‘The New Old’. I sang top/lead Soprano in the jazz acapella sextet ‘Swing Shift’ for several years, I’m a member of a funky Rick James tribute band and I’ve worked with Grammy nominated pop/dance artist KSandra. I Beside this, l work as a session singer and one of my career highlights was working on a studio album released by Columbia Records. I also perform and write original material in multiple genres of music. I have a singing credit in the Swedish movie “Ted, För Kärlekens Skull”, and also work with the Swedish music producer for the movie, Jimmy Lagnefors. In addition, I work with producer Michael "Mickey" Durio, Paris5000 Music & Film as a songwriter, singer & musician.

Summary of Key Music Skills

  • Professional vocalist and singing teacher/vocal coach
  • Pianist and piano teacher
  • Bandleader
  • The ability to transpose and read music by sight
  • Well versed in the composition and arrangement of music
  • Expert knowledge of music theory
  • Trained piano, organ, guitar, congas, flute, and piccolo player
  • The ability to set up and run a PA system
  • Microphone technique

Other Information

I’m fluent in verbal and written communication in both English and Swedish, and I have strong communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills. I have a long, proven track record as an enthusiastic, creative, inspirational, and knowledgeable teacher and performer. I have a California driving license and reliable transportation. References are available on request.

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