My name is Tiziana and I am an Italian music educator and music therapist living in London.
I grow up in a family of musicians and teachers and since I can remember, I always loved to share with other people my passions and my experience. That’s how I became a teacher.
If I think about the most important thing that I’ve learnt in the last years of my career, I can say that “SHARING” is definitely become my LEITMOTIF (to use Wagner’s words – leitmotiv is a “short, constantly recurring musical phrase” associated with a particular person, place, or idea).
When I started studying music education, I met music mentors and teachers that were so scared of sharing and giving that eventually, they have become really sad and isolated people.
So I said to myself “If you’ll ever become a music mentor, you’re not going to become like them!” and I kept that in my mind and in my heart, even when life was really hard. In these years of development, I met wonderful people that showed me other ways of thinking and living the job of a teacher trainer and I started trying new strategies during my classes and courses, letting go fears, envy and jealousy. Sharing is what characterises my work now. With sharing comes happiness, connection, learning, fun and love. In Italian I would use the word “condivisione” which I think explains much better what I mean:
CON – (with, together) DIVISIONE (from “dividere”, to divide)… So, divide together…How beautiful is that?
LISTENING, MOVEMENT, VOICE are the three elements that characterised my approach to music and music education.
I’ve always liked to work with people, children, students, families. A person that likes to be surrounded by many voices, energies, ideas… that’s definitely who I am.
Seven years ago I ran my first workshop for teachers in Venezuela and from that moment I kept travelling in Europe, South America and North Africa for my courses for teachers.
Italian is my first language but I also speak English and Spanish. I’m currently learning British Sign Language, which I use during my music sessions with deaf students, and Portuguese.
In 2017, together with my partner in crime Sam, I opened Music Tree, a music school in North London, where with a wonderful group of teachers, we share our passion for music by teaching to people with all ages. Music Tree is also a training centre for teachers, in collaboration with Gordon UK – Music Research Institute.
A bit more about me
- In 2008, I graduated in pianoforte from the Music Conservatoire in Venice.
- In 2011 I completed a diploma specialising in Music Therapy from Giovanni Ferrari – Jean Monnet Universite” Europeenne A.I.S.B.L. Bruxelles in Padua with a thesis on cognitive enhancement through music and the movement in cases of learning disabilities.
- Meanwhile, I specialised in the development of children and their natural understanding of music. I attended courses in Italy and abroad, becoming a certified teacher of the Audiation Institute, enabling me to teach through the ‘Music Learning Theory’ of E.E. Gordon.
- In 2008 I founded Musicalmente – Centro per la formazione musicale e culturale in my hometown. This was the first centre of its kind which focused on music learning for children from 0-10 years old.
- In the same year, I discovered the body music and mastered its performance, teaching and therapeutic potential. I also carried out research in the field of education and therapy.
- In 2010 I started improv theatre! I love it!
- Since 2013 I run workshops and courses about the use body percussion, circle music and Soundpainting in education and therapy.
- In 2014, she moved to Alicante, Spain to coordinate a music project at an infant school ‘Trazos y Rayajos’, whilst attending a Research Masters at the Faculty of Education at the University of Alicante.
- In 2015 I move where I started the collaboration with Creative Futures and University College London for various research projects. I’m part of the research group Music and Cognition.
- In 2017 I co-founded Music Tree, a music school in London.
- In 2018 Marta Noé and I founded Gordon UK – a research and training project about the Music Learning Theory of Edwin E.Gordon
* I trained in Music Therapy in Italy and I’m not registered at the HCPC in the UK.