About Karen McCabe

Karen McCabe – Music for Wellbeing

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SERVICES AVAILABLE:

  • Piano lessons (1:1 in-person or online)
  • Singing for wellbeing (1:1 in-person or online)
  • Songwriting and composition (1:1 in-person or online)
  • Therapeutic group singing sessions (in-person or online)
  • Aural skills/music appreciation (1:1 or groups in person or online)
  • Music teacher support – Guidance and consultancy for other music teachers on setting up their own tuition service, marketing themselves and maintaining their own confidence and wellbeing. In person or online, or download my PDF here.

About Me

I am a qualified Music teacher (PGCE and QTS), trainee counsellor (currently Level 3) and singer-songwriter offering relaxing music lessons focussing on wellbeing and enjoyment. I teach in Bourne End, Cookham, Marlow and Maidenhead but also provide online lessons. My philosophy is that music is for enjoyment, healing, building self-confidence and nurturing creativity. Everybody is entitled to enjoy music-making, not just the ‘talented’. It is very therapeutic to immerse yourself in musical practice. Alongside one to one lessons I facilitate fun and uplifting group singing sessions. I currently lead weekly singing sessions for Alzheimers Dementia Support, a local charity, as well as my own public singing session in Maidenhead called ‘Singing for the Soul’ at Cox Green Community Centre on Thursdays at 6.30pm. The relationship between music and mental/physical wellbeing is something I am passionate about.

As well as teaching I perform as a singer-pianist both as a soloist and in a covers duo. I have become a keen singer-songwriter in recent years and you can hear my recently-released EP Freedom From a Rented Life here). Also available on Spotify and iTunes.

Education

I completed GCSE and A Level Music, then went on to study Music at Cardiff University and graduated with a BMus (Hons) Degree in 2000. In 2002 I completed a PGCE in secondary Music teaching and qualified as a school music teacher, becoming Head of Department and working at this level for many years. I put myself through ABRSM Grade 8 singing at the grand old age of 40 and gained a Distinction. As mentioned above I am now studying Counselling.

Teaching and session-leading experience

I have been running my own private Music school since 2015. I teach a large and diverse group of around 45 students, ranging from age 8 to 80.

Before this I had fourteen years’ experience teaching Music in secondary schools up to A Level standard and was Head of Music 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 and prepared solo singers and instrumentalists for productions and concerts. I taught students across the key stages including GCSE and A Level Music.

After leaving secondary school teaching I worked as curriculum Music Co-ordinator, piano teacher and singing teacher at a Preparatory School in Crowthorne so I have experience with younger children as well as teens and adults.

I facilitate interactive singing sessions at local therapy and specialist provision centres, where participating in singing has proven to be incredibly healing for those with such conditions as dementia, parkinson’s, MS and learning difficulties. As mentioned at the top of this page I have worked with several charities and specialist provision centres local to the Maidenhead area such as Alzheimers Dementia Support, Sequela Foundation and Manor Green School.

I also provide support and consultancy to other music teachers and have written a PDF handbook entitled ‘Perfect Harmony’, on building a successful music tuition business while maintaining wellbeing. The PDF can be downloaded via the TES website here. Face to face consultations also available.