Isabella Mendes is a singer-songwriter, pianist, composer and educator whose work is rooted in Brazilian jazz and bossa nova. Born in São Paulo, Brazil where she began her training as a classical pianist at age six, Mendes also composed her own music and participated in various competitions, concerts and master classes until the age of fifteen when she moved to the United States and began jazz and vocal studies while attending the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, CT. She continues to write and compose music – her album “Blame Destiny” was released in 2017 - and has developed her own unique sound informed by not only her classical training but also her jazz, bossa nova, Brazilian, and pop influences.
Mendes is also the founder and leader of The Bossa Nova Project - a group of rotating musicians that she performs with regularly throughout CT – as well as the founder of IMMusic, a private music studio where she teaches private voice and piano lessons to children and adults as well as develops workshops that she has brought to schools and other community organizations. The school is based in Hamden, CT where Mendes has been recognized as a “Hamden Notable” for excellence in music.
Her personal and professional goals include collaborating and connecting with a diverse group of performers and musicians, advocating for women in the arts, and bringing people together through their mutual love of creating and sharing music.
Hi, I am Isabella Mendes: pianist, singer, songwriter. I love to teach!
I believe anyone can learn how to play an instrument or sing a song. With kindness, patience, dedication and fun, we can make learning music enjoyable. Whether you're looking to learn it as a hobby, or just would like musical exposure for your children or if you'd like to pursue music as a career, my lessons are catered to each student's individual needs.
I am a classically trained pianist with over 15 years of teaching experience. My students range from 5 to 80 years old. It's never too late to learn! All ages and levels welcomed. I also have an MBA and have experience coaching and mentoring students in career development. With that experience, I am able to coach young artists set up their website, market themselves, order business cards, negotiate contracts and more!
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Isabella is currently teaching the following group classes:
Reviews from Group Classes
Creative Piano for Kids!
Amanda on February 10, 2021
My daughter loves the Creative Piano classes. She looks forward to it all week! The classes are engaging and fun. Each week my daughter is challenged to compose music using a different technique such as using all white keys, all black keys, blues scales, whole tone scales, chromatic scales, songs with words, songs without words, call and response songs, and songs with patterns. Creative Piano inspires my daughter to compose her own melodies, create harmonies, and to use the piano for creativity and self-expression.
Verified Student on February 10, 2021
The creative piano class has been a good influence on my 7 year old daughter. It has inspired her to write her own songs instead of just trying to play other people's music. I rate this class 5 out of 5.
Rhythm Jam for Kids
kylee on June 2, 2021
Great class. Lots of fun.
Bossa Nova Piano with Isabella Mendes
Ackra K. on June 3, 2021
Isabella is an excellent teacher. The first class covered the foundations of bossa nova with chords and rhythms. I am excited to see how this class progresses