TMMM TEACHER OF THE WEEK QUESTIONNAIRE – Francesco Pagnini
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Enjoy reading what Francesco said about himself in the TMMS Teacher of the Week Questionnaire!
TMMS Teacher of the Week Questionnaire – FRANCESCO PAGNINI
TMMS: Hi, please introduce yourself.
FP: I am Francesco Pagnini, I come from Italy. I studied classical piano and composition in Italy at the “G.Tartini” Conservatory of Trieste, where I graduated. After my studies, I worked as an accompanist at the “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” Theatre in Florence in Italy.
I was always passionate about different musical genres, and this is why now I have been studying jazz piano and composition for film. I am trying to combine my classical education and my knowledge of jazz and pop music to create my own works. In the future, besides teaching, I would like to work as a composer and songwriter.
Three years ago I started to teach both piano and music theory at the “Music & Soul” School, in Italy. I love teaching, especially different kinds of students and repertoires.
I am firmly convinced that the musical technique (that I have acquired in my classical training) is crucial for any musician. However, I think there should be a good balance between the hard work and the joy of doing music and playing an instrument.
I am trying to balance my lessons between these two factors, and always consider that every student is different and has to be treated in a different manner, based on his/her goals and his/her pace of learning.
TMMS: What is your favourite repertoire?
FP: From a classical point of view, I would say the repertoire ranging from the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. I love to play music from composers such as Debussy, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Gershwin. But I also absolutely love to play jazz and pop music also. Some examples: Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Art Tatum, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Hiromi Uehara.
TMMS: What are your dreams and plans in music?
FP: At the moment I am moving from the classical environment towards jazz and film scoring. I love to teach so I will continue to do it, but in the future, I would like to work also either as a composer or as a songwriter/performer. I love classical music but I feel more comfortable in the jazz/pop framework. Currently, I am studying composition with a private teacher from the Royal College of Music, to prepare my admission for the next year as a film composer.
TMMS: What do you like about TMMS?
FP: The first thing is professionalism. Everyone that I have met in the school is very professional and reliable. I love also the facility of the school and the environment in general. It is great to be able to work in a space like yours. I can use good quality pianos with my students, which is very important and everything is very organized.
TMMS: As a teacher, could you give any advice to people who study / or who would like to learn piano?
FP: A little bit about improvising. Start small.
Start with something that you like playing, even just a melody.
Focus on short melodies and short pieces.
Try to be relaxed and enjoy the process.
Then focus on your posture and the position of the hand, as if you learn wrong from the beginning than it is much more difficult to adjust it.
Forget, at least at the beginning, to do all the notes exactly in pitch and time, but rather focus on the general “atmosphere” and “story” of the musical piece. Enjoy!
TMMS: What do you like about UK?
FP: The possibility to work and grow as a person and as a musician.
In Italy, it is very difficult, almost impossible, to work as a musician. That’s why I have always done other jobs besides teaching.
I moved to the UK two months ago, but I have already seen the difference between other countries (especially Itlay). I think that in the UK the culture and art are appreciated a lot more. As a musician, I have a lot of possibilities to work, create and collaborate, which is beautiful.
TMMS: Thank you very much for sharing it with us!