Kat Reinhert

Affiliated Departments
vocal pedagogy
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Kat Reinhert, Ph.D., is an experienced songwriter, performer, educator, and writer. She has released five independent albums as well as sung on multiple projects and recordings, and has appeared with such noted artists as Enya, Raul Midon, Anat Fort, Jo Lawry, Dave Cook, and Shayna Steele. Her sophomore album, Spark (2015), contains mostly original compositions, with Dan Oulette from ZEALnyc referring to it as "impressive songs with a human touch." Her newest album, Dead Reckoning, came out to critical acclaim in February of 2021. She teaches courses in songwriting, private voice, theory, and popular music ensembles, and is a sought-after clinician in songwriting, contemporary voice, entrepreneurship, and popular music pedagogy. She is the past president of the Association for Popular Music Education as well as a published author, having coedited Action Based Approaches in Popular Music Education alongside Steve Holley and Zack Moir. Reinhert also has a chapter on teaching voice in higher education in The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Education, an article on songwriting in The Journal of Popular Music Education, and chapters in several upcoming books on popular music. She is the cofounder of Songwriting for Music Educators, a company dedicated to empowering music educators through the craft of songwriting. She holds a B.M. in jazz and commercial voice from the Manhattan School of Music, an M.M. in jazz performance and pedagogy from the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Miami. Reinhert currently resides in New York City.

Career Highlights
  • Recordings include Chrysalis (2008), Spark (2015), Home Movie (2017), and Dead Reckoning (2021), as well as singles "Behind," "Better Without You," "The Thief," and "Hiding in the Dark" (2021)
  • Author and coeditor of Action Based Approaches for Popular Music Education
  • Cofounder of Songwriting for Music Educators
  • President of the Association for Popular Music Education from 2017 through 2019
  • Finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition
  • Ph.D., University of Miami, music education
  • M.M., University of Miami, Frost School of Music, jazz performance/pedagogy 
  • B.M., Manhattan School of Music, jazz/commercial voice 
In Their Own Words

"I want my students to be empowered to know how use to use their voices for whatever they choose to pursue and to help them in any way I can to follow their individual goals and dreams."

I have over 25 years of performance and teaching experience and have worked within many university systems. I am a professional songwriter and performer, and continue to work in the industry, always pushing myself and my limits. I have also extensively researched popular music education to hone best practices I can understand and share when teaching."