Private Voice


Private voice picFor over thirty years, D. Kim Clayton has taught private voice, directed choirs, worked as a vocal coach, and written/arranged music for various performance groups and productions throughout the country.  In the classroom or private studio, Mr. Clayton connects with his students and enhances their understanding both for singing and general love of music.  It is his goal to assist each and every singer to reach their full potential, while enjoying the journey of becoming a polished singer and performer.

Mr. Clayton’s has a varied vocal background, beginning with the bel canto (Italian) method.  He studied under Blanch Christensen at the University of Utah, where he received his musical degree.  Mr. Clayton also has a background in the speech level method, working with such vocal coaches/instructors as Dean Kaelin and Terry McCombs. It is his priority to instill in students, a healthy foundation and a solid understanding of proper singing.  This foundation, if desired, can lead to success in any style of music a student wishes to pursue.

Many of Mr. Clayton’s students have found successful careers in musical theater, movies and television productions.  With over 30 years of experience and 7,000 students, there are too many to mention.

Because of his varied vocal background, all musical styles and genres are taught.  Some students pursue classical or musical theater.  Others enjoy contemporary and/or pop-rock styles.   Many are recreational, or choral singers, who are looking to just become more comfortable singing, wanting to “find” their voice.  Each voice has it’s own personality, and Mr. Clayton, with all his years of experience, will help guide the student towards his/her strengths.  Students range in age from 12-50+, and from beginning to advanced singers.