What is Notes of Life?
NOTES OF LIFE is a project of mentoring and training which takes place in fours different way:
From September 2019 there will be also the possibility to attend different sessions in London and observe the work with students and patients at Highbury Park Music as part of the Customised mentoring plan.
Where did it come from?
NOTES OF LIFE is about sharing what we learn and discover as music teachers, educators and therapist.
In 2013, in Venezuela, I gave my first workshop for teachers, about music education in early years. Five years before, one of my tutors asked me: “Where do you see yourself in ten years?” I remember feeling that teaching was more than a job for me, it was a passion, perhaps already my mission. I also remember how much I loved to learn and study. I answered: “I want to become a teacher for teachers”. My tutor laughed at me, he told me I didn’t know what I was speaking about and unfortunately made me feel really uncomfortable.
I was young, I didn’t even know the proper name for that job, but I knew that was my thing. I knew I could become good at it, working hard, studying and researching, improving myself through mistakes and good experiences. So here I am, ten years after, having travelled around Europe, North Africa and South America to observe and learn, to teach and perfect my approach.
What’s the best thing I’ve learnt? To listen, to support, to share. Being a teacher (and now a mentor) is not about myself, is about my students and their needs. Also, in this way I will alway learn and keep being a student myself.
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.
At the same time, I specialised in studying 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 her to teach through the ‘Music Learning Theory’ of E.E. Gordon.
In 2008 I founded Musicalmente – Centro per la formazione musicale e culturale in her hometown. This was the first centre of its kind which concentrated on musical 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 (learning disabilities, Executive functions, Downs Syndrome, Senile Dementia, Parkinsons, Alzheimers) and participated in congresses and international festivals.
In 2010 I came across theatre improvisation at the association ‘Cambiscena’ in Padua and soon I started teaching body music for improv theatre (Uk, Italy, Sweden). For years, I collaborated with educational institutions (from infant schools to universities) on music and music therapy projects in Italy, Spain and the UK. Since 2013, I held workshops and courses on body percussion and circle singing. These focus on music therapy, teaching and performance. In 2014, I 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.
I currently live in London where I mainly work in research and music therapy. In 2016, I started the collaboration with Creative Futures and the University College London for various research projects (one related to music for deaf students and the other for the development of the executive functions through music during early childhood). For Creative Futures, I recently collaborated in the writing of the toolkit “Sounding Out – Music with deaf students”, available online for free for teachers and music educators, describing the experiences and activities carried out during the three years of research with deaf students. I’m part of the research group Music and Cognition.
In 2018, I co-founded Highbury Park Music with Samuel West (for music and music therapy with children, teenagers and adults) and Gordon UK – Music Research Institute, a project about Music Learning Theory in London.