kay kleinerman


As both student and businessperson, one of my objectives was to find the power of my soft voice. Unlike my female colleagues, I did not want to imitate a ‘male’ voice in order to be heard. Kay’s innovative approach of “facilitating voice as a means to develop congruence of self” has been instrumental in helping me achieve this goal.  She was especially talented at helping me find the link between ‘who I am’, how I express my self, and how I lead.  In addition, Kay’s approach has a cross-cultural dimension.  Indeed, her students come from all around the world.

— H.R.


I attended a fantastic workshop taught by Kay called "Singing for Leadership: Releasing Your Inner Leader Through Voice".  I've been singing for years, but have never thought of the connection to sense of self and ability to lead before….Kay taught us that every voice has value.  She believes that having connection and confidence in your own voice can make you a better, more authentic, leader.  It seemed obvious, by the end of the workshop, that we were all on board.

— Valerie Bubb
Software Engineer
Sun Microsystems

About Kay Kleinerman

Kay Kleinerman, Ed.D. is a voice expert, teacher/coach, researcher, and writer whose innovative work uses singing to empower people in ways that transform their lives through voice.  She specializes in helping others find, develop and fully use their authentic, individual voices to transcend fears and access their personal leadership capabilities.

In addition to an extensive professional singing career, Kay has more than 20 years of teaching, consulting and workshop development and facilitation experience.  She has led her signature Voice Matters® workshops for such groups as the Global Women’s Leadership Network, Hope House and Right Management.  She designs and leads workshops for non-profits and businesses, and offers public workshops on a regular basis in her San Mateo studio (visit Workshops page).

Kay is also a skilled private voice teacher and coach.  Her supportive approach encourages you to enjoy exploring your voice and learning to sing or speak with freedom and a sense of confidence (visit Voice Lessons page or visit Speech Coaching page.)

What sets Kay apart as a teacher and coach is her ability to unlock your unknown  potential.  Whether in a workshop setting or working one-on-one, Kay taps into your individual personality to help you reach your goals.  She believes in your inherent capacity to use your voice freely, with conviction and passion.

Kay is adjunct faculty at both Sofia University and Santa Clara University. She has been a guest instructor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, as well as a faculty member of San Jose State and UC Santa Cruz extension divisions, and the San Francisco Community Music Center. Kay was also a professional stage director, music director/conductor, and producer, and served in senior leadership positions in several arts and arts education organizations. She has a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master of Arts in Music Education from New York University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Mills College.