Singing lessons and Theory Tuition with Karen McCabe
BMus (Hons), PGCE.
***I am now taking bookings for the summer holidays! I shall be opening up my timetable for casual ‘pay-as-you-go’ singing lessons, Grade V Theory tuition, GCSE Music. I now have a teaching premises in Cox Green, Maidenhead***.
I offer Singing lessons, Aural tuition and Grade V Theory for children and adults in Windsor and Maidenhead. Everyone can sing…it is our birthright. Music is such a healing force in these fast-paced, often stressful times. I specialise in helping people find their voice and their confidence, working with the natural voice. As well as individual singing lessons, I run a community project called ‘Singing for the Soul’ with visits to day and therapy centres (please see Home page).
As well as having fourteen years’ experience teaching Music and singing in secondary schools up to A Level and Grade V standard, I actively perform as a singer and keys player in two local bands. In the recent past I have gigged with a Reggae/Motown tribute band and a funk band. I also perform solo as a singer/pianist.
Of my fourteen years as a school Music teacher, I was Head of Music for nine of them, both at Newlands Girls’ School in Maidenhead and at Drayton Manor High School in Hanwell. Throughout that time I have directed choirs and chamber groups for concerts, trained young solo singers for productions and concerts, coached singers through their A Level coursework recitals and prepared students for auditions in the public environment. I have provided vocal coaching for the Performing Arts course at BCA in Maidenhead and have been Music Co-ordinator at a Primary School in Crowthorne.
I enjoy teaching clients of all ages to find their voice and sing, beginner to intermediate level. The main emphasis is on fun, confidence-building and stress-relief, but I do cover basic vocal techniques to protect and get the best out of your voice. My client profile is very diverse, from young children (minimum age 8) to mature adults. Some are complete beginners, some are auditioning for amateur show roles, some preparing for a solo performance at a special occasion, some wish to achieve exam grades but most just want to have fun, boost their self-confidence and ease anxiety. Many adults come to me for stress-relief through singing…singing lowers the blood pressure and boosts your sense of wellbeing. Postural stretches, deep breathing exercises and exploration of vocal sounds can really calm a tired and worried mind. I welcome and cater for all musical styles.
I have a 100% pass rate with ABRSM exams, with 90% achieving Merit or Distinction. I am fully DBS checked and a member of the Musician’s Union.
Benefits of singing lessons
Confidence Improved posture Improved range
Breath control Improved diction Improved projection
Singing lowers your blood pressure and relieves stress. Fun!
★ Preparation for examinations (up to Grade 5 ABRSM)
★ Singing for fun, confidence and/or relaxation
★ All backing tracks, sheet music and handouts included in the price
Singing lesson gift vouchers available. Appointments available weekday afternoons and evenings 2pm – 8pm.
Payment options for singing lessons
I offer a 30 minute taster lesson for £10. After that, a block of 6 weekly lessons is paid for to coincide with the school terms. Payments are made in advance of the term. Cash or bank transfer payments accepted. Please note that because I have to pay rent on my teaching spaces, fees are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the lesson for any reason, I will always do my best to reschedule it for you but it has to be within the same 6 week block and is dependent upon others cancelling their slot, so not always possible to do so.
***Pay-as-you-go available during the summer holidays, with no weekly commitment required.***
6 x 30 min lessons = £99 (£16.50 per lesson)
6 x 60 min lessons = £198 (£33 per lesson)
Bring a friend along for extra fun!
6 x 30 min paired lesson = £132 (£22 per lesson/£11 per person)
6 x 60 min paired lesson = £264 (£44 per lesson/£22 per person)