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Bachelor Degree in Jazz Drums at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague (The Netherlands)
Minor in Snare Drums Techniques at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague (The Netherlands)
Minor in Music Theory and Solfege at the Licinio Refice Conservatory, Frosinone (Italy)
I am a 33 year old New York based professional drummer from Rome (Italy). I have been involved in music from a very early age, thanks to my father who sings and plays guitar, bass, piano, harmonica and drums. Music for me is a pure passion that became my job. As a teacher I try to pass that passion on to my students, helping them to find their own love of music, to have fun and eventually to do it professionally.
Since I started working professionally as a drummer at the age of 17, I have had the chance to perform in Europe, America, Africa and Asia, in some of the most prestigious live music venues, festivals and theaters around the globe. I have collaborated on projects with many bands and musicians across all genres from jazz to funk, rock, pop, flamenco, tango, world music and classical music. Since 2005 I have been a percussionist with the National Dance Academy in Italy, and I am currently playing for the Juilliard Dance Department in New York and the Merce Cunningham Trust in New York. I started teaching in 2001 at the Istituto Musicale Cherubini in Rome, followed by years of teaching at the Ritmix Music School in Rome, the Progetto Musica Viale Mazzini in Rome and the Virtuosi Music School in The Hague (The Netherlands). At that time I was also a percussion instructor for the most prestigious Italian Marching Band: The Millenium Marching Band.
My method is flexible and it shapes around the skills and the characteristics of my students. Drum playing is a wide field. I like to understand what my student likes to play and listen to, and I apply these intrests to each student's individual curriculum. General skills i like to emphasize are technique, independence, coordination, styles, grooves, and music reading.
I like my students to have fun and at the same time to see progress. Any small or big achievement can be very important for the student, such as completing a new song or a new exercise. Every small step further is important because it's a reward that makes their passion for music grow.
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