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Bachelor Degree: Berklee College of Music
Bachelor Degree: Università degli Studi dell'Aquila
05/2016-05/2019 Berklee College of Music Achievement Scholarship
Berklee College of Music Dean's List: SU2015, FA2015, FA2016, FA2017, SP2018, FA2018, SP2019
Featured on a Berklee radio podcast directed by Bryan Paris and aired on 11/20/2018
Featured on the new Berklee admissions booklet “Break Through” as guitar player
Elisa is a guitarist, composer, arranger and conductor based in Boston, MA.
Despite not being born in a family of musicians, Elisa's musical talent manifested itself since she was a little girl. During preschool and elementary school, her natural inclination towards music was evident in her music classes, where she would play one of those plastic Yamaha recorders that were so popular in schools in the 1990s. Her musicality, sense of rhythm and dynamics were prematurely developed.
Elisa got her hands on a guitar for the first time when she was 11 years old. Her dad bought her a nylon string Yamaha C-60 for Christmas, and, soon after, she started taking lessons with a classical guitar player and teacher, Ugo De Panfilis. With Ugo, she prepared to audition for the Conservatory of Music of L'Aquila "Alfredo Casella", which she entered a couple of years later. At the conservatory, she studied classical guitar with Maestro Filippo Rizzuto and Maestro Riccardo Fiori, and she studied choir repertoire and music with Maestra Rosalinda Di Marco. From the same institution, she obtained a Solfege License, studying with Maestro Claudio Contrevi, and a 5-year Diploma in Classical Guitar.
While attending the Conservatory and high school at the same time, Elisa bought an electric guitar and started her own rock band, Madness Waters, with her friend, bass player and mechanical engineer, Francesco Pignatelli. With the band, she played numerous shows, went on tour and recorded four demos, one of which sponsored by Icarus School of Music of L'Aquila. After high school, she attended the University of L'Aquila, where she got a "110 e lode"—the highest score and laude one could achieve—Bachelor Degree in Linguistic and Intercultural Communication, majoring in English and minoring in Spanish. In the meanwhile, she was still playing, recording and touring with Madness Waters.
After graduating University of L'Aquila, Elisa auditioned for and got accepted into Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Before moving to the United States, she took jazz guitar lessons with Italian guitar player Gianfranco Di Giovanni at Icarus Music Academy in L'Aquila, Italy, where she got the chance to attend a clinic with TV-famous Italian guitarist Luca Colombo and get a private lesson from U.S. American guitar player Neil Zaza, hosted by Icarus and guitar player Michael Petruzziello. She then moved to the United States, in May 2015, and has recently graduated Berklee College of Music.
She is now an active performing artist and music and guitar teacher in the Greater Boston Area.
I started giving lessons 8 years ago, and I have experience teaching private guitar lessons to children and adults of various skill levels and genre preferences. I have studied classical and multi-stylistic modern guitar (nylon string, steel string and electric) and I have been performing in rock, pop, jazz and musical theatre gigs for over a decade. Over the years, I have developed good versatility, which allows me to come up with detailed and personalized lesson plans in several styles, from classical music and finger-style guitar, to blues, jazz, rock and other popular genres.
For beginning students who are children and have no preferences in terms of genres yet, I typically start with "Guitar for Kids Songbook: Hal Leonard Guitar Method", because it provides an effective repertoire to work with. To children who want to start playing guitar and have rock music in mind, I recommend "Beginning Rock Guitar for Kids: A Fun, Easy Approach to Playing Today’s Rock Guitar Styles by Jimmy Brown – Hal Leonard".
With teenagers and adults, I don't necessarily start from a book. I like getting to know their interests and goals, and then decide, in agreement with them, if the best route for them would be to work with a book or to go with personalized lessons that I would prepare for them every time. My personalized lessons are thorough and as filled of information as the student desires. The repertoire, in this case, would be strictly personalized to the person's taste, with a few additions of my own when I find that learning a certain piece would help a student improve a certain skill.
I do have a list of books I recommend to people, depending on their needs and expectations. A few of them are:
- A Modern Method for Guitar - Volumes 1, 2, 3 Complete by William Leavitt
- Reading Studies for Guitar: Positions One Through Seven and Multi-Position Studies in All Keys by William Leavitt
- Playing the Changes: Guitar: A Linear Approach to Improvising by Paul Del Nero and Mitch Seidman
- Classical Technique for the Modern Guitarist by Kim Perlak
I enjoy teaching, in all its aspects. I like giving lessons and advice, motivating and helping students so that they can get the most out of a lesson, in a one on one as well as in a classroom environment. If I find myself unprepared in front of students’ questions, I do my best to provide a satisfactory answer. I like being challenged and conducting further research about what my students would like to know. I love working with people of all ages, from children to adults, and with different goals in music. My ultimate goal and best reward is hearing students thanking me for having been able to help them achieve the goals they had in mind and/or find happiness, personal satisfaction and realization through the instrument.
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