MUSIC EDUCATION – MUSIC THERAPY – PIANO – BODY MUSIC
LISTENING – MOVEMENT – VOICE
These are the three elements fundamental to Tiziana’s understanding of music. In 2008, Tiziana graduated in pianoforte from the Music Conservatoire in Venice. In 2011 she 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, she specialised in studying the development of children and their natural understanding of music. She 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 she 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 she discovered the body music and mastered its performance, teaching and therapeutic potential. She was 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 she came across theatre improvisation at the association ‘Cambiscena’ in Padua and soon she starts teaching body music for improv theatre (Uk, Italy, Sweden).
For years she collaborated with educational institutions (from infant schools to universities) on music and music therapy projects in Italy, Spain and the UK. Since 2013 she has held workshops and courses on body percussion and circle singing. These focus on music therapy, teaching and performance. In 2014, she 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.
She currently lives in London where she mainly works in research and music therapy. In 2016 she starts 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 she 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. She is part of the research group Music and Cognition.
In 2018 she founded Highbury Park Music (for music and music therapy with children, teenagers and adults) and London Circle Music (body music and circle-singing events for adults).
SINGING and SONGWRITING – MUSIC PRODUCER
Samuel most recently lauched his new CD ‘The Alternative American Songbook’ to a sell out crowd at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues festival. With tours, radio and TV apperances coming soon on the BBC, 2018 looks like it will be a very exciting year for him.
Sam’s other projects include The Fortunate Sons, The Big Figure, Becoming Shades (Chivaree Circus), Oran, Yllwshrk, A Night with Ella, Start to End.
Hailed by Jools Holland as “A great vocalist”, Samuel West’s story through music has taken many different turns. Samuel trained as an Opera and Classical singer before being seduced by the soulful sounds of singers like Ray Charles, Van Morrison and Otis Redding and he dedicated his time to pursuing his passions in blues, soul and rock n roll. It was only later in his career that he returned to the music that he heard growing up in the family home. The sounds of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Ella Fitzgerald re-awoke a deep love for Jazz and improvisation and as they say…the rest is history!
Samuel has been lucky enough to play on some of the biggest stages in the UK and abroad including touring with Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra as well as supporting bands like Status Quo, 10cc, Deacon Blue and The Waterboys.
In 2017 he started collaborating in “Sounding Out” with ‘Creative Future’ as music educator for a research about music and deafness in childhood, divided between the London College University and the Institute of Education LCU. He also carried out sessions in the field of therapy with people with Senile Dementia, Parkinsons and Alzheimers.