Karen Kyriakou holds a Bachelor of Music Education (Sec) and a Masters of Music Education. She works broadly in the area of music education, working with students from kindergarten to tertiary level.
Karen has performed with Musica Viva’s ‘Live Performance Program’ as a violinist, and currently works with their ‘Equal Music’ program, teaching students with additional needs, including Deaf children.
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra engages Karen in their ‘Community Outreach’ and Education Programs, where she creates and delivers the programs for MSO’s ‘Jams For Juniors’ and provides Professional Development for the ‘Pizzicato Effect’ Teaching Artists. Her work at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) involves working with the students to develop schools-based concert programs.
Karen frequently delivers PD’s and presents at conferences in the areas of Music Education and Disability/Access. She has written resources for the Victorian Opera, MSO and Musica Viva. She is often invited to work with teachers to develop creative approaches to both classroom music curriculum and string programs and has served on the AUSTA VIC committee for 12 years.
Karen was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2012 to support her studies in the area of Music and the Deaf. She travelled to the UK to investigate delivering authentic musical experiences to Deaf children in schools and now currently sits on the selection panel for the Churchill Fellowships.
In 2018, Karen released her teachers manual ‘Strings Together’ which provides aural activities for string teachers who work in the group and ensemble setting.