Q: Tell us about how you first became involved in music
A: It all started when I was seven years old. I had a good voice so my parents decided to introduce me into the musical world. My first performance as a singer took place on a stage during a local event.
Q: Is anyone else in your family a musician?
A: Both my parents are musicians. My mom is a singer and my father is guitarist. My brother also plays the flugelhorn.
Q: Tell us more about your music education
A: I started studying piano when I was a child. I was in private lessons for about three years and at the age of ten, I began my musical studies in the conservatory V. Bellini in Catania, Sicily. I graduated a few years ago and I participated as a pianist in masterclasses, recitals, competitions and international events. I also was a piano accompanist for singers and I took a music therapy course there.
Q: Growing up, did you have any influential teachers/professors who guided you towards becoming a professional musician?
A: Of course, yes. I had three teachers who supported me during my career and still today. I’m grateful for the teachings I received, not only in music but also in life!
Q: What is your personal teaching philosophy?
A: My philosophy is to try to understand the needs of the students, how they learn, their difficulties and abilities, without being too strict. First of all, music is a richness for the soul and must be lived with joy and pleasure.
Q: What is your favorite music genre?
A: I really love classical music but I am also open to the most modern musical genres.
Q: What is your favorite part about being a piano teacher?
A: Making music is a privilege that I love sharing with my students. Watching them improve and seeing them smile while playing a tune is my greatest pride.
Q: When you are not teaching, what do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I love to sing pop songs, listen to music, read books of cultural depth, watch movies and to travel all over the world.
Q: We are so excited you are in Dallas now! Tell us what you loved about Italy!
A: I keep wonderful memories about my native country. I love the history and culture of Italy.
I admire architecture, sculpture, music, food, good wine, coffee, the countryside and of course my island, Sicily, with its majestic volcano.
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I cannot believe it has officially been 2 years since we started Music SO Simple! Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would grow so fast! Our simple dream of bringing a music studio to the Richardson area has become a reality!
Sometimes, as I reminisce through past blogs we have written, I think about our goals and dreams (We dreamed a dream) and it keeps me centered. Looking back at last summer, we had a little over 75 students- and by the end of May 2018, we had over 100! My dream has never been to look at the number of students we have, but to spread the love of learning with quality instruction to dedicated families. I want to see the same students continuing year after year, really committed to learning their instrument. We are building slowly and steadily and no matter how big we grow, that will always be my focus.
So, what have we done our second year? Check this out!!:
I never would have been able to do this without my partner in crime, Meredith. We share the same vision and teaching philosophy. Cheers to an incredibly successful second year. I only see many more to come!!