A versatile singer and communicator, Kate Cardon has spent over a decade honing her teaching style and studying all styles of vocal music, from classical and Broadway to jazz, pop/rock and r&b.
Voice & Music Lessons
We Live Music
We understand your passion, because we have it, too. Cardon Studios Teachers are skilled and experienced musicians and performers. We nourish your inspiration and give you the tools to take it to the next level.
We Have a Plan
If you’ve ever wished you had the tools to succeed, look no further. A little knowledge goes a long way and we’re ready with skillful eyes and ears to help you apply the best tips and tools for your specific needs.
We Guide Success
Through your teacher’s consistent guidance and encouragement, you will make little changes that add up to big results. See and hear your progress as you apply your new skills in fun, monthly Studio Events.
Cardon Studios is a safe place for students of all backgrounds, races, creeds, orientations and gender identities to find their voice.
For Our Students
Your learning style and musical voice are unique to you. Cardon Studios believes in meeting students where they are, not implementing a standard curriculum.
Cardon Studios is large enough to meet all of your musical needs, but small enough to nurture an intimate learning environment. We foster your success through online one-on-one coaching tailored to you and your needs, supported by group Masterclasses and frequent performance opportunities as a community.
Founded by voice teacher Kate Lanagan as a home studio in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC, Cardon Studios has grown from one teacher and a handful of students to an online music school serving students throughout the DC metro area and beyond. Though Cardon Studios has outgrown Kate’s living room, the foundations are the same. Guided by Kate’s original vision of individualized instruction on a small number of highly specialized topics, Cardon Studios maintains its “singer songwriter” focus by offering only high-quality instruction in Voice, Piano, Guitar and Songwriting. Cardon Studios cultivates a unique music education environment: one that combines the very best of working with a private teacher with the perks of being part of a larger community.
Cardon Studios is a small, independently woman-owned music studio. We believe that all students have something to express and that all musical styles are artistically valid and worth celebrating. We help each student find a voice to fulfill their need for musical expression and facilitate a warm, supportive community of like-minded peers.
First Summer Showcase, 2011
Meet the Teachers
A frequent performer and constantly evolving learner, Darnell values dramatic interpretation and performance skills and helps students to not only unlock their voice, but also grab hold of their potential as performing artists...
Kathy Chen is dedicated to sharing her passion for music through teaching and performing. Her studies have taken her from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, to...
A well-rounded teacher, Allen Thompson works with all styles of singing from a place of calm, careful logic. Allen is equally skilled coaxing nervous beginners out of their shell as he is helping polished professionals...
I wanted to work on singing rock & roll, and although both teachers [I work with] are primarily classically trained, they have no trouble applying what they know to help me as a rock singer.
Lessons are tailored to you and what you hope to achieve. I have grown leaps and bounds in a short amount of time… I have also been complimented by many friends about how much my singing has improved!
VOICE AND PIANO STUDENT
I had some music training before so I wanted to brush up my skills. My instructor keeps me motivated and I always leave with something new to work on. Most importantly, I can see improvement in my skills!
VOICE AND PIANO STUDENT
My teacher definitely pushes me– we never have a lazy moment in our lessons. She is cheerfully determined to break my bad habits, invests a lot of energy into her students, and seems to get genuine pleasure out of being a teacher.
What a find: a warmhearted and truly generous teacher! No egos here, only a wonderful and satisfying learning experience.
GUITAR AND MUSIC THEORY STUDENT
I’ve really enjoyed these lessons. Working with a great teacher, I’ve surpassed my goals and expectations going into this.