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Music Theories - Unifying two worlds: how we make music and how we understand it to make it better

What is music theory? Is it just one theory? What do we do with it? How come so many of the greatest musicians didn't know even the name of the notes?

Let's dispel the myth.
They may, in fact, have lacked the names, but "knowing" in music means something else than a dusty stockpile of information and labels. Their ears, their voice, and their hands "knew" very well...

Music theory is the way we get some order into the endless realm of possibility that music allows us. Naming and conceptualizing these possibilities is very useful in many ways. It provides us with an overarching and abstract understanding of what we have done (reflective element), and it can even open up to yet unheard sound combinations (generative element). But one point remains crucial: music theories come from music practice and come back to music practice. Theories are the most useful and loyal servants for music-making, but only empty speculations without it.

In these lessons, I will help you to understand how to navigate music theories and what to do with them. I will show you a plurality of approaches to systematizing sound relations that will serve at best the music you love to play or want to compose.

The lessons will be custom made for each student.
Whether you are a beginner who simply wants a little help to get the basics right or you are a cultivated musician fond of music theory who wants to explore advanced and complex concepts out of the box, I will provide you with ideas, materials, and exercises. I will work to adapt to your learning rhythm while keeping you challenged at the same time. You will receive regular feedback, advice, and guidance

Don't hesitate to contact me for more details!

Extra information

IMPORTANT! Please contact me before the first lesson for all the specifics. The price variates for skype lessons and according to student level: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced.

Location

At teacher's location: Smiley's Barbershop, Stille Veerkade, The Hague, Netherlands
Online via webcam

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General info

Age:
Teenagers (13-17 years old)
Adults (18-64 years old)
Seniors (65+ years old)
Student level:
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced
Duration:
45 minutes
60 minutes
90 minutes
The class is taught in:English, Italian, French

About Me

My name is Cristiano, I come from Italy, I am 33 years old and I currently live and work in The Hague where I teach since 2016 several courses at The Royal Conservatory.
I am a multi-instrumentalist, composer, music theorist and educator with a passion for improvised music.

I have benefited from a unique musical education, quickly embracing different styles in addition to my classical foundations. After seven years of instrumental training (violin, guitar, singing), I decided to fully commit to jazz and improvised music and then moved in France to study under the guidance of Didier Lockwood and other outstanding musicians. Since then I have committed my life to music and music education.

My experiences, traveling and studying with great performers from all over the world, have had a radical impact on my pedagogy. Teaching music is an essential element of my musical career and development as I believe that to inspire music in others I need to keep being inspired myself; in fact, teaching provides me with an extra reason to be the best musician I can. I believe that there is no other art form so inherently “dialogical” as music, no other that demands so much cooperation.

"Music is not a thing at all but an activity, something that people do. [ ... ] It is not true, as is often said, that music is the most abstract of the arts. On the contrary, music is to take part in the most concrete and least mediated of all artistic activities. [ ... ] How we like to music is who we are" (from Cristopher Small, Musicking, 1998)

Hope to share my passion for music with you in one of my classes!

Education

- Master Degree in Jazz and Improvised Music at the C.M.D.L in Paris
- Master Degree in Music Education at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague
(specialization in ensemble-leading and musical interaction)
- Master Degree in Philosophy at the University La Sapienza of Rome

For more details, feel free to contact me

Experience / Qualifications

I have been teaching since 2009 in a variety of professional schools doing workshops, masterclasses, ensemble leading, coaching and one to one tuition for both instrumentalists and singers. Here, in the Netherlands, I have collaborated with CODARTS in Rotterdam, the Academy of the Concertgebouworkest in Amsterdam and with the joint N.A.I.P Master program between the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen, and Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavik. Since 2016 I work at The Royal Conservatory of the Hague in several departments.
I have been performing since 2007, engaging in, and leading several projects in a variety of styles and settings from solo and duo settings to ensemble and orchestral works (including Pop, Rock, Blues, Funk, Fusion, and Jazz) throughout Italy, France and the Netherlands.

Reviews (2)

My first ever mandolin lesson was with Cristiano and it was great. He gave detailed and clear instruction and was friendly and adapted to my needs.
A great start!
The ability to improvise is not a natural skill that we are born with. It is an understandable chain of tools that can be learned and practiced into performance. Improvisation is something that requires discipline as much as freedom, and in fact, it stems from the understanding of sounds, the music's natural grammar. Violin is mostly seen as a melodic instrument but it can be otherwise. Outside of the classical world, rhythm reigns and the violin can be a leading rhythmical instrument too, providing solid grooves and accompaniments or challenging your fellow musicians with percussive sounds. Furthermore, to be proficient in specific styles, it is not enough to just play scales and patterns but it is necessary to learn the colors of the proper harmonical framework which is part of an idiom. In 10 years of teaching, I developed an approach that rethinks the function of fingerboard visualization allowing you to transpose in any key with great facility and to understand the logic behind the shapes of any chord on the fingerboard. In these lessons, I will help you to rethink the violin out of the box, as a powerful rhythmical and harmonical instrument while deepening your melodic ability (soloing) related to the styles you want to play: Jazz, Blues, Fusion, Pop, Rock, Brazilian, World Music. [According to the style we will also be working with loops and effects] This class is designed for musicians who already know the basics of violin techniques but addresses both beginner and advanced players in relation to the field of improvised music. The lessons will be custom made for each student. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced player I will work to adapt to your learning rhythm while keeping you challenged at the same time. You will receive regular feedback, advice, and guidance and materials. Don't hesitate to contact me for more details!
Employing the voice in a rhythmical sense is not a granted or obvious approach for singers and is sometimes overlooked by instrumentalists. However, a rhythmical foundation developed through the voice is a core element of strong musicianship for everyone in the music sector. In these lessons, we will practice rhythm through the understanding and utilization of Konnakol (South Indian Carnatic rhythmical solfege) alongside other techniques and approach different ways to conceive of rhythm and integrate it into performance. We will work on rhythmical freedom, phrasing, grouping and moving patterns, cross-rhythms, odd measures and different 'feels'. You will acquire new ideas, improve your timing, gain independence in your lines and obtain a set of tools to practice self-sufficiently. "Rhythm through Voice" is designed for both singers and instrumentalists who want to enlarge their spectrum of techniques, and improve their rhythmical awareness. [For instrumentalists: I will support you to translate and apply these techniques into your instrument] The lessons will be custom made for each student. I will work to adapt to your learning rhythm while keeping you challenged at the same time. You will receive regular feedback, advice, and guidance. Don't hesitate to contact me for more details!
Big music from small instruments. Mandolin and Ukulele have been quite a hype in the past 10 years. Nevertheless, these two small ones are not often used up to their full potential. Have you ever thought you could be a virtuoso in one of these instruments? That you could actually play in any style and be a great soloist as much as a violinist or a guitarist? Aside from learning the basics, I will show alternative tunings that will provide you with a better sound, a bigger range to play in, more versatility and comfort for the hand, awesome voicings and a clear visual map of chords, modes, and harmonic movements. I will help you to rethink the mandolin and the ukulele as truly complete and professional instruments and show you how to play on them in a broad variety of styles such as folk, blues, pop, rock, and jazz. [According to the style we will also be working with loops and effects.] This class is meant to guide you from the very first steps on your instrument up to a professional level. From beginners to advanced musicians who want to challenge themselves and enlarge their perspective on the instrument. The lessons will be custom made for each student. I will work to adapt to your learning rhythm while keeping you challenged at the same time. You will receive regular feedback, advice, and guidance and materials Don't hesitate to contact me for more details!

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