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      About Karen Mendes

      Karen Mendes
      Karen Mendes
      Music Teacher, Master
      Location: Charleston, SC
      Speaks: English, Spanish
      Instructs: Violin
      Education: Violin Performance - Furman University Master of Music - Violin Performance and Pedagogy - Northwestern University
      Performance Experience: Section violin of Charleston Symphony Orchestra
      Teaching Experience: 3 years
      Teaching Philosophy: My philosophy of teaching is to provide an environment that allows for supervised exploration. Although I like to focus on technique and theory, I want to cater to the student's interests and provide ways to keep them engage and motivated in their musical journey, while giving them a structure that will not only prepare them for success but teach them to love music.

      Get to know Karen Mendes

      Karen Mendes was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She started learning music in El Sistema, a transformational movement and cutting-edge program to inspire children with music integrated throughout the school curriculum. Throughout her childhood and early teenage years, she has been part of several orchestras and ensembles in Venezuela and the United States, at the regional, all-state and national level. She has performed with renowned musicians like Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Michael Morgan, Pinchas Zukerman, among others. In 2014 she moved to South Carolina, where she continued her music education at the Charleston County School of the Arts. In 2017 she started her studies at Furman University as a Music Performance major, studying with Dr. Thomas Joiner and Dr. Andrew Carlson. Karen went on to get her Master's degree with a Graduate Assistantship in Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University where she studied with Prof. Blair Milton.

      Karen Mendes teaches at:
      975 Savannah Hwy Suite R1
      Charleston, SC 29407
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