Develop your career 21cMusician toolkit Wellbeing Kate Blackstone on making a positive start to 2021 YCAT's 'mini masterclass' series offers relevant advice from musicians, for musicians. Access the transcript of Kate's mini masterclass here Dr Kate Blackstone is a music psychology researcher and musician based in the North of England. She recently graduated from the University of Leeds after completing a doctorate investigating the career aspirations and transitions of conservatoire graduates. A conservatoire graduate herself, Kate studied at the RNCM before building a freelance music career, combining a busy teaching schedule with regular performances on the piano and the clarinet, her principal instrument. As a founder member of the Kaleidoscope Orchestra, Kate is equally at home playing to crowds of thousands of clubbers in Liverpool’s Sefton Park as she is playing contemporary music for fun amongst friends. She is passionate about empowering early career musicians to find their own success and create fulfilling musical careers within and outside of performance. You can connect with Kate on twitter via her profile. Kate has also blogged about overcoming 'The Struggle' of your first years out of music college - read it here!