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Degree, Music Conservatory "Luca Marenzio", Classical Saxophone Performance Diploma, Berklee College Of Music, Jazz Composition
2007 - Alto Saxophone Soloist for European Youth Orchestra
2013 - JEN Student Composition Showcase Award
2013 - Berklee College of Music Merit Scholarship
2014 - Berklee College of Music Benny Golson Award
2014 - Original tunes and arrangements performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival
I'm a passionate instructor and I love teaching music in every one of his aspects. In 2011 I graduated from Music Conservatory "Luca Marenzio" with a Degree Classical Saxophone Performance. In Europe I had the opportunity of playing as a Alto Saxophone Soloist in the European Youth Orchestra in Germany and Turkey. In 2014 I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Diploma in Jazz Composition. As a composer I've won awards from Berklee and in Jamuary 2014 I was the recipient of the JEN Student Composition Showcase Award. My arrangements and original compositions have been performed in countries and festivals all around the world including the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival.
I started teaching saxophone performance in 2010 for private students who were looking to improve their skills on the instrument. Starting from my college years, I've been teaching many students performance, arrangement, composition, ear training and harmony. I always put my best effort with every single one of my student. Being a positive and involved teacher helps them feel motivated and makes the learning process much easier. I try to teach as much as I can during my lesson hours but I can easily adjust my pace to make sure the students has a total understanding of the topic. I'm always willing to answer any question from my students and help them develop their skills not only on the instrument but also in the field of composition and arranging.
My teaching methods varies depending on the level of the student. If the student is a beginner I'll first try to give him an understanding of how the instrument work, how to have a proper sound and how to memorize the fingerings of the notes. After that I will start introducing classical etudes books to make the student more familiar with the technical aspect of performing and classical / contemporary repertoire appropriate to their level. Generally speaking I also like to teach music theory and ear training during my lessons so that the students can improve all of their musical skills. This has showed to be crucial especially if they are interested in improvisation and playing contemporary music genres such as jazz / funk / rock / blues. For more advanced players and adults I start by getting an understanding of what they like to play and what are their goals and adjusting my methods according to them.
The best way of teaching is the one that makes your student develop a honest passion for music. While there's a core of exercises and practice routines that I teach to everyone, I have great respect for the peculiar interests of the single students and I introduce studies and repertoire that are close to their musical tastes and sensibility so that they'll feel accomplished and rewarded by realizing how their technical studies is helping them to play the music they love. This way they'll feel even more motivated to practice their technique and expand their knowledge of music theory.
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