I started learning piano at the age of 6 with a piano maestro in my hometown of Pordenone, Italy. Her classes were very strict and her methods were very “old school”. Her style of teaching disconnected me very quickly from the joy of music.
I spent hours and hours going over technical practice and had zero time for exploration, improvisation and self-expression. Her objectives were to learn fast, make no mistakes and pass exams with distinction. It was incredibly stressful and frustrating and almost led me to quit playing piano and giving up on music altogether.
I’m glad to say I didn’t, and decided to devote my life to create a healthier musical environment for children and adults alike. This became my mission: I qualified as a music therapist and specialised educator and began a journey to connect people with music.
I’ve always loved working with people, to be surrounded by voices, energies and ideas. It’s definitely a big part of what makes me who I am. I’m also a massive bookworm and academia geek and love to read about music neurology, psychology and the latest music research even when I’m on my holidays. I just can’t get enough! Travel is also another big passion of mine and I’m truly grateful that I get to discover new places and cultures through my work in music. Flying all over the world gives me the opportunity to share ideas, learn new methods and strategies from inspirational people and be part of this wonderful global music community. I feel very lucky!
My love and partner in crime
On a warm London summer’s evening, I met Sam whilst dancing and singing to the music of Stevie Wonder. We started singing together and we’ve been together ever since. We share not only a home and our Music school in London, but also our wonderful baby girl Emma. Sam is an incredible singer, musician and producer and together we built Music Tree from the roots up! His students love him for his passion and sense of humour and his fun musical approach. He’s a very positive person, my confidant and shoulder to lean on.