Karen Knowles Singing School

Karen Knowles Singing School

Founded in 2004, The Karen Knowles Singing School has helped hundreds of people become confident singers. We’ve seen some of our students fulfill lifelong dreams of starting their own bands, performing at local venues and being accepted into prestigious schools, including WAAPA.

The classes and workshops focus on finding your own authentic voice, and our students build confidence in both singing and life skills. We aim to achieve results quickly and every class is customised to the individual singer’s goals.

The school has a range of classes and workshops suitable for children, beginners, adults and professionals. Karen’s extensive background and vocal training includes 7 years classical training, 5 years music theatre training and a 30-year performance career spanning television, theatre and concert performances. All senior teachers have extensive training and are performers in their own right.

We offer a range of classes for all levels and ages, including group singing classes, individual one-on-one classes, online vocal coaching and a range of workshops. We also offer customised classes to make sure your experience is right for you.

Information for new students

Types of classes we offer

Individual Coaching

Individual coaching offers the most tailored training to reach specific goals and needs, such as an audition or upcoming performance. We cover vocal skills, breathing, tone, placement and range, and explore the style of music your voice is naturally suited to.

Small Group Classes

Our small group classes run for 30-45 minutes, depending on the age group. They’re a great way to learn vocal skills and have fun singing with students of a similar age. Classes are available for adults and children, and help boost confidence for new singers.

Online Vocal Coaching

Our online vocal coaching via Facetime and Skype allows students to participate in classes from the comfort of their own home. Class times range from 30-60 minutes and are a great introduction to individual coaching with Karen.

Trial Classes for New Students

Excited but a little nervous about signing up for singing classes? At Karen Knowles Singing School, we understand that performing in front of other people can be daunting! Don’t worry – we offer trial packs for new students, so you can see what it’s all about before committing to become a regular student.

3x Individual Classes Trial Pack

  • 3x individual one-on-one classes
  • 30 minute classes
  • Become a more confident and expressive singer
  • Learn basic vocal technique
  • Get to know Karen
  • Located at Surrey Hills
  • For new students

3x Online Classes Trial Pack

  • 3x individual online classes
  • 30 minute classes
  • Become a more confident and expressive singer
  • Learn basic vocal technique from the comfort of your own home via Skype of Facetime
  • For new students

10x Individual Classes Trial Pack

  • 10 individual one-on-one classes
  • 30 minute classes
  • Become a more confident and expressive singer
  • Learn basic vocal technique
  • Get to know Karen
  • Located at Surrey Hills
  • For new students

Your Starter Pack

This is a great guide for students before they start classes and an ongoing reference to the main vocal techniques that are covered within our classes so students can practice at home.

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Price List and 2020 Term Dates

2020 Term Dates

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Price List

Class Fees

(30min / 45 min / 60min)
Individual Tuition with Karen Knowles at Surrey Hills or Online (via Skype or Facetime)
WED  $90 / $135 / $165 + GST
THURS  $90 / $135 / $165 + GST
SAT   $90 / $135 / $165 (after 4 pm) + GST

Payments

For our regular bookings we require a yearly commitment for all individual classes (as for most private schools). All classes require payments for two terms upfront so fees remain one term in advance. Alternatively, students can utilize our monthly agreement (direct debit) option. You have an option to pay by credit/debit card vie Paypal or Stripe or via EFT to our bank account.

For our students with annual bookings, payments are preferred by EFT. Our EFT details are:
Bank: Westpac
A/c Name: Karen Knowles Enterprises Pty Ltd
A/c No: 258 594    BSB: 033 172
Payments may also be made by cheque or money order.
Payable to:
Karen Knowles Enterprises Pty Ltd
PO Box 437, Kew VIC 3101

When forwarding payments please confirm which time slot you would like or have enrolled in and provide your contact details (telephone, email and mailing address).

Due to scheduling of teachers and venues payments must be received in advance or for new students one month prior to term classes or workshops commencing. Students will not be permitted to commence training where fees remain unpaid. Many thanks for your co-operation – it enables the School to run effectively. We look forward to welcoming you and having you part of our School community.

Workshops

Working with musicians workshop

A favourite with regular students, the Working with Musicians workshop is held in a professional rehearsal room with a sound system so participants can immerse themselves in the ‘real thing’.  Karen Knowles and the band members lead participants through the process of singing as a musician.

This workshop is suitable for participants wishing to experience the first steps of improvising with musicians and taking the next steps towards performance. It’s also a great thrill for participants who have always dreamed of singing with a live band.

The Working with Musicians workshop is held four times per year. Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

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A songwriting workshop for younger students

Songwriting is an important part of finding a performer’s own authentic self expression. During the workshop, student’s ideas are transformed into musical form with the students leading the way so that they can hear their own songs come to life.

This 2-hour workshop is run by Karen Knowles and Nick Roy, an accomplished singer/songwriter who has been performing and producing music for many years. This workshop teaches students to relax into themselves and feel brave enough to express their authentic selves. Learn tools and support to move beyond the nerves and blocks that stand in the way to finding your own voice and expressing that through songwriting.

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Community workshops

We offer group singing workshops for community groups, not for profit organisations and corporate clients who wish to run a singing workshop as part of their corporate bonding program or as part of their regular team building exercises. Participants are encouraged to be mindful and present to what is really going on in a room. As such, creating new music together is a great way to learn new skills and at the same time embody a team building exercise!

Karen Knowles leads the adult group workshop working with clients to tailor the class to a specific theme or the long or short term team goals. We start very gently with warm ups and then lead participants through a process to a “vocal soundscape” where they learn how to blend their voices and work together as a team.

No previous experience is necessary. These workshops are designed to be energising, empowering and enlightening. To discuss the number of participants, the venue and other requirements please contact us.

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Testimonials

Hear what others had to say about Karen Knowles Singing School.

Thank you Karen for giving me your constant encouragement and support and for giving me the confidence to believe in myself. Your genuine interest and guidance has been invaluable. To learn from someone whose own talent is awe-inspiring and whose nature is so sincere, I consider myself to be so very privileged to have you as my mentor. My thanks also for guiding me to my first real experience in a recording studio and for helping me to take the first big step in my singing career. I have always had this passion and a secret desire, but never the confidence to take the first step – for this I am grateful to you. Richard

Individual adult classes with Karen and Working with Musicians workshop

Karen’s positive, intelligent and encouraging teaching style has seen my daughter improve dramatically.  Her lessons are always fun, and she has brought out the best in my child.  She looks forward to her lessons each week. Susie

Mum of junior student , Individual classes with Karen, Surrey Hills and Junior Songwriting Workshop participant

Karen, could I take this opportunity to thank you for the work you have been doing with Tom. We have tried three singing teachers before finding your School. In one term, Tom has improved out of sight compared to anything he has managed with the other three. He sings all the time at home and as I listen to him sing upstairs he sounds tuneful, strong and confident. He looks forward to his lesson every week. Many thanks. Bernadette

Mum of student , Individual classes with Karen, Surrey Hills

I thought the working with musicians workshop was fantastic fun. I’ve been feeling fabulous all weekend (and still). Unbelievable how much positive energy I got from that, I feel like I had a face lift! Eloisa

Participant Working with Musicians workshop, Burwood

As I drive home I think what a shame I have to wait a whole week for the next class. I love it! The experience is enlivening. Jenny

Student, Adult Group Class, Hawthorn

I’m so happy! Using Karen’s technique, singing without strain and reaching those high notes is so easy! Thank you! Evelyn

Individual adult classes with Karen

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