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. Every class is customized to the individual student’s goals.
We have a range of classes and workshops suitable for children, beginners, adults and professionals and lead on to working with some students in the recording studio producing and bringing to life student compositions. 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 in concert performances.
We offer sessions for all levels and ages with a focus on individual one-on-one sessions, delivered online and a range of workshops.
Types of classes we offer
Online Vocal Coaching
Our online vocal coaching delivered remotely allows students to participate in classes from the comfort of their own home. Class times range from 30-60 minutes and can be arranged weekly or fortnightly. Individual coaching offers the most tailored training to reach specific goals and needs, such as opening to your authentic voice or 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 while you learn so much about yourself in the process.
Trial Classes for New Students
Excited but a little nervous about signing up for singing classes? At Karen Knowles Singing School, we understand that the thought of singing 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 becoming a regular student.
3x Online Classes Trial Pack
- 3x individual online classes
- 30 minute classes
- Become a more confident and expressive singer
- Learn basic vocal technique and discuss your goals from the coaching sessions from the comfort of your own home v
- 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.
Price List and Term Dates
Our term dates for school aged children generally run as per the public school term. For adults we run classes throughout the year. If children would like to continue classes throughout the school holidays we are happy to arrange this.
(30min / 45 min / 60min)
Individual Tuition with Karen Knowles Online
MON $90 / $135 / $165 + GST
TUES $90 / $135 / $165 + GST
WED $90 / $135 / $165 + GST
For our regular bookings we require a yearly commitment for all individual classes (as for most private schools). Once a trial period is completed we can arrange a monthly or fortnightly regular periodic payment and classes require payments one month in advance. You have the option to pay by credit/debit card vie Paypal or Stripe through this website or via EFT directly to our bank account (no fees) – details below.
For our students with annual bookings, payments are preferred by EFT.
Our EFT details are:
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.
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.
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.show more
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.
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.show less
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