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About me

Hello!

My name is Benedetta and I am an Italian mother, living in Vienna since 2014.
In Milan I studied musicology, singing and composition and here in Vienna I am finishing my doctoral research on Neapolitan opera of the 1700s.
The passion for music has been running through my veins for as long as I can remember, I breathed it in from a very young age in my family.
At the age of 10 I recorded my first songs and at 16 I started taking singing lessons, first modern, then opera.
During my university years I worked on the one hand as a singer for various private events, and on the other hand with children.
I came to Vienna as an Erasmus student...and stayed, building my family here with Philipp and my 3 children!

Vivace

In March 2022 I started working on a project: a basic music course for children, initially in Italian.
In October of the same year I started my courses ("Musica, maestro!") at the Italian Cultural Institute Società Dante Alighieri and the Italian Kindergarten "Girasole".
In January 2023 I officially founded Amelio Ltd with the aim of expanding the range of courses, both for children of different ages and in different languages.
In April 2023, "Spazio mamma-baby" (now "Crescendo") launched a series of gatherings for moms and babies where music is the focus.
In the summer of 2023 I started offering Activities such as excursions and workshops, in Italian and in German.
Finally, in September of the same year, will begin "Tempo, bitte!", the music course for children in German language.

Method

The method to teach that I use, starts from two points:

1) "Little observation and much reasoning lead to error; much observation and little reasoning lead to truth" (A. Carrel, Nobel Prize for medicine).

2) It is important to always tell children the truth, commensurate with their language.

As far as music is concerned, I start from an observation: it is a language for everyone.

On the basis of these assumptions, I began to experiment with a new method, which would merge a number of observations from established music pedagogies (Jaques-Dalcroze, Kodály, Orff), and at the same time be entertaining, captivating and current.

I started from what the term 'basic music education' means, from what pre-school children can and should learn in a music course.

I experimented a lot, checking which activities worked and which did not, continuing to study and asking myself questions.

I have achieved excellent results, so far leading more than 60 children to have fun and at the same time really learn the names and concepts of the specific musical language.

The course has a multi-year perspective, for the gradual achievement of the goals.

My students and I have made a lot of progress, and we still have a lot to do, learning grown-up things while having fun and at the same time, discovering a little piece of ourselves.

Attention to the parents

I am a mother of three children and I know that for a course experience to be positive, it must not only be so for the children, but also for the parents.
I therefore pay a lot of attention to the relationship with the families and to meeting their concrete needs.

Depending on what is best for the parents and the children, adults can either attend the class or wait outside the class.
Younger siblings (under one and a half years) are also well catered for in my classes, without having to pay an extra fee.
In front of the classes, there is an area with juice and water allways available and a changing table with nappies, wipes and changing mats.
I provide books, toys and drawing materials, both in case older or younger siblings have to wait until the end of class and in case students arrive a few minutes before class starts.
I have non-slip socks of different sizes with me, in case parents forget to bring them.
My classes are in places where it is possible to bring prams, bicycles, scooters.

At the end of the lessons, I send an e-mail with the syllabus and the materials used, so that parents can find out what was done in the lessons and, if necessary, propose music and exercises to the children during the week.
I am happy to have created an open and positive relationship with the families of my students, where comments and requests can be taken on board, with a commitment to meet each other.


 

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