Karen Kyriakou holds a Bachelor or Music Education (Sec) and a Masters of Music Education. She works broadly in the area of music education, teaching students from kindergarten to tertiary level. She performed for 13 years in Musica Viva’s Live Performance Program’and currently holds three residences with the Musica Viva Equal Music program, delivering music education to Students With Additional Needs, include one school for Deaf children.
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra engages Karen in their Community Outreach and Education Programs, including providing Professional Development and mentoring for the Teaching Artists involved with The Pizzicato Effect, MSO’s El Sistema based string program. She creates and delivers the programs for MSO’s Jams For Juniors.
As an educator, Karen presents at both Music Education and Disability conferences. She has written education resources for Victorian Opera, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Musica Viva. Having worked in schools for over 20 years, Karen is often invited to work with teachers to develop creative approaches to both classroom music curriculum and string programs.
Karen’s interests in working with Deaf children explore developing skills, musical awareness and creating music. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2012 to support her studies in this area and travelled to the UK to investigate inclusive ways of bringing authentic educational and musical experiences to the Deaf children in schools. In 2015, Karen was invited to join the selection panel for the Churchill Fellowships in the area of Education.