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Hofstra University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Hempstead, NY 2009 - 2013 B.S in Music Performance with a minor declared in Dance Certificate of Piano Pedagogy for completion of Blanche Abram’s graduate seminar “The Art of Piano Teaching”
Recipient of the Donald Rowe Merit Award for Performing Excellence Hofstra University 2013
Member of the American Federation of Musicians – Local 802
2013 - Music Director of the Carousel Music Theater, Boothbay Harbor, ME
Hi there! My name is Paolo. I'm a classically trained pianist originally from Connecticut and have been working in Musical Theater for nearly 10 years in my capacity as Music Director at various playhouses throughout the North East. I currently reside here in NYC and have always worked with private students, from basic lessons, to audition prep, and vocal coaching. In a session with me, you'll explore more than how to simply sing or play the notes that are on the page. We'll go over how to become a compelling story teller, how to impress the creative team, and why it's important to find variety within your piece, and how to do that. Whether you're a working actor looking for fine fine tuning, or a beginner who has always wanted to sing that one certain sone, feel free to reach out and let me know how I can help you become a better musician. Hope to speak with you soon!
I have been involved in Musical Direction since 2008 when I established The Milford Players as an annual summer community theater group. I have since worked regularly in Brooklyn, New York as the Music Director, and have worked with various organizations through out the North East region ever since. My favorite part about working with new artists is helping to reveal the incredible capabilities of the human body. So many of us doubt our ability to become a focused, competent musician because "we dont have the time" or "we're too old to start a new instrument". I would love to help you discover that you can be as capable a musician as you've dreamed of becomming. I have instructed students of all ages, from four years old to seventy five and all the ages in between. If you would like a more complete history of my work and experience, feel free to reach out.
As a frequent director of Musical productions I have sought to find a way to communicate with any artist to find a way to create a compelling and meaningful approach to any musical discipline. For beginner students I present a combination of my own lessons and those found in Alfred's books for beginner musicians. This approach will ensure that my new student not only learns a new instrument, but will find creative ways to reinforce those lessons without reading directly from a text. The most important aspect of the beginning stage is to make sure that the student is both interested and never feels as if they are limited to one learning method, as often we find that students become disinterested and discouraged when something that has worked for so many others is not quite as effective as it had been for them. As students progress into the intermediate levels I begin to introduce solo works appropriate for the student's interest and either vocal type or musical interest. The most important stage of the students intermediate training is to foster the creative of a positive and comfortable stage presence through informal recitals and other creative performance venues. As an advanced student you can expect a deep journey into creative and artistic expression. You will learn how to read beyond simple melodic lines, to expand your sight reading abilities, and to venture deeper into how to practice efficiently towards a more full comprehension of every musical phrase. My approach is not limited by age, creed or color. If you are an individual looking to find your creative outlet (or to expand one of your own) then you need look no further.
I believe in three major principles as I approach each lesson, repertoire, repetition, and reinforcement. In observing a student's repertoire I seek to find pieces that not only match my student's interests, but will also challenge their ability and relate those interests to other disciplines in an effort to expand their artistic ability. In repetition we find the core of a solid practice regiment. I seek to use various practice techniques with my students in an effort to teach them how their music can be just as effective a teacher as another human being. In our music we find peace and intricacy. Unfortunately, we also find frustration and disappointment. It is my most sincere hope that I can help every one of my students find a way to make practicing their music an engaging and creative experience. With reinforcement we centralize the main idea behind simply singing or playing something off a page and discovering a musicality that is unique, well informed, and honest. Relations can be found in a students interests to sports, nature, science, other artistic disciplines and is certainly not limited to this short list. Whether you are a new student or a student seeking to expand your understanding of a musical discipline I am confident that we can create a lesson that fits your desires and your dreams.
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