Tuition Details

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PIANO LESSONS

I offer piano lessons for children and adults, beginner to intermediate level. As an experienced singer-pianist I can teach you either formally with music notation or I can nurture those ‘ear’ players among you with chords, lead sheets and improvisation skills. I actually like to combine both of those methods in my lessons to enable you to become a well-rounded piano player. There are three elements of musicianship…performing, composing and listening and I like to incorporate all three of those aspects in my lessons, developing music appreciation as well as exploring songwriting and compositional ideas of your own.

I am a singer-pianist and songwriter myself (you can hear some of my work below under the ‘Songwriting’ heading).

SINGING FOR WELLBEING

I offer relaxed 1:1 singing for wellbeing sessions. The emphasis is on enjoyment, relaxation, healing and confidence, rather than technical vocal training. We cover basic techniques to warm up, breathe correctly and help protect and get the best out of your singing voice. We will work on holding yourself confidently, expressing yourself and developing your musicality. I want singing to be accessible and enjoyable for everybody as it is such a healing force. Your voice is part of you and is as unique as your fingerprint.

AURAL/SIGHT READING TUITION

These aspects of practical exams are quite challenging in themselves. They are the same tests whether you sing or play an instrument. There is often not much time in your practical music lessons to go into these skills in depth so I welcome performers of all instruments and grades for extra tuition in this. Students of all grades 1-8 welcome and you don’t already have to be learning your instrument with me.

SONGWRITING AND COMPOSING

I offer tuition and guidance with songwriting and composing, beginner to intermediate level. Songwriting is a very rewarding, therapeutic and nurturing activity. Here is a link to my recently-released EP “Freedom From a Rented Life” on Bandcamp: https://karenmccabe.bandcamp.com/releases with some examples of my own songwriting work

GROUP/THERAPEUTIC SINGING SESSIONS

I offer fun and therapeutic singalong sessions for groups. Music is such a healing force in these fast-paced, often stressful times and has proven medical benefits to those suffering from certain conditions. I am passionate about the physical and mental health benefits of singing, drawing on experience from my many years as Head of Music at secondary school level, choir leader, singing facilitator in care centres and singing myself (I put myself through ABRSM Grade 8 singing, have participated in choral singing and performed as vocalist in bands). I currently run weekly singing sessions with Alzheimers Dementia Support in Ascot and Maidenhead and I run a relaxing and uplifting singing session for the general public every Friday at 6pm at Cox Green Community Centre called ‘Singing for the Soul’.