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Ms Karen McCabe
Ms Karen McCabe

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Qualifications:
BMus (Hons)
Music PGCE with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)
Instruments: Piano lessons
Singing for wellbeing
Songwriting and composing for beginners
Aural tuition
Genre/Style(s): Musical Theatre, Classical, Jazz, Blues, Folk
Ability Levels: Beginners to Intermediate


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I teach 1:1 piano, songwriting/composition, aural tuition and singing for wellbeing in Windsor, Berkshire. I also run group vocal workouts and sing-alongs (Singing for the Soul). My philosophy is that music is for healing, enjoyment and nurturing creativity. Everybody is entitled to enjoy music-making, not just the 'talented'. There is nothing quite so therapeutic as immersing yourself in musical practice; whether that be singing, playing an instrument or listening to a piece of music that you love.

PIANO LESSONS

I offer piano lessons for children and adults, beginner to intermediate level. As an accomplished 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. I like to combine the three elements of performing, composing and listening skills into my piano lessons, developing music appreciation as well as exploring songwriting and compositional ideas of your own.

I am an experienced singer-pianist and a keen songwriter myself. You can hear some of my work here: (www.youtube.com/channel/UCqaXGE1fpGUYse9w1kqEKwg).

I worked as Head of Music at secondary school level for 15 several years, accompanying pupils on the piano in concerts and productions. I run therapeutic group sing-alongs accompanied on the piano and I perform as a singer-pianist.

I am fully DBS checked and a member of the Musician’s Union. All piano lessons take place at my home in Windsor or online.

SONGWRITING/COMPOSITION

I offer tuition and guidance with songwriting and composing for pupils of all ages, beginner to intermediate level. Here are some examples of my own songwriting work:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqaXGE1fpGUYse9w1kqEKwg

(Tracks are also available to download from Bandcamp https://karenmccabe.bandcamp.com/)

AURAL 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.

SINGING FOR THE SOUL – Therapeutic group singalongs

Everyone can sing! Music is such a healing force in these fast-paced, often stressful times. Singing for the Soul is a session I run once a week on Fridays at 5.30pm (currently on Zoom) for anyone to join. The sessions are for wellbeing, fun, confidence and meeting others, allowing you to warm up and gently work your voice, enjoy singing along with me and the piano and developing your musicality in a safe and non-judgemental environment. We also work on holding ourselves confidently and expressing ourselves freely. All abilities welcome, no previous experience necessary.

I also run these sessions at Manor Green School in Maidenhead for children with additional needs, and I facilitate a Singing for Pleasure session with Alzheimers Dementia Support once a week in Ascot.

1:1 singing for wellbeing sessions are also available (currently on Zoom).

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 (ABRSM Grade 8 singing, choral singing,lead vocalist in a local band and solo work as a singer-pianist).

I guide you to work with your voice as it is – please note that this is not vocal ‘training’. We learn how to warm up gently and effectively and simple techniques to help you get the best out of it safely and avoiding strain. But the main focus is just enjoying singing, exploring your own interpretation and expression, calming your mind and lifting your spirits.

Contact Karen

Address: Windsor, Berkshire
Berkshire
SL4 4BL
Phone: 07976478426
Mobile: 07976478426
Fee (30 minutes): £20.00
Fee (60 minutes): £40.00

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