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Italian Music Appreciation Course

Instructor: M° Paolo Schianchi

Come and discover the incredible wonders of the Italian musical heritage, and its influence over music worldwide!

Could you ever imagine a piece of music written 500 years ago sounding like a British rock song of the 21st century? Or that some of the most incredible instruments ever built in the history of music were made in Italy? Have you ever wondered why some of the greatest musicians of all time, before composing unparalleled musical masterpieces of the history  of music, came to Italy to study its language and culture? 

The Italian Music Appreciation course is the perfect way to approach the world of music in an enjoyable, exciting, and even humorous way. The course (8 lessons/1.5 hours each - in English) is open to everyone, with no age restrictions. No musical background or training is assumed or required.

The talent of Paolo Schianchi, an extraordinary musician, inventor of unique instruments, educator, and communicator (TED Talks, RAI 1 - Italian TV “Uno Mattina”. RAI 2, Canale 5 - Italian TV “Tu Si Que Vales”, EXPO Milan 2015, Rome Auditorium, …) is going to guide you on a journey through the incredible stories hidden behind popular Italian songs and composers which are related to Italy.

The Italian Music Appreciation Course will introduce you to many curiosities regarding the world of music and give you the opportunity to more deeply explore it. The course will familiarize you with different styles of music, which have remained revered throughout centuries and continue to influence contemporary music and exhibit their richness and beauty: jazz, pop, rock, opera, classical, and traditional music. Paolo Schianchi will guide your listening and explain or comment on every piece of music; indeed, a good listener is only the one who is able to recognize the basic and architectural elements of music.

We will deeply explore every piece of music through the eyes of its composer, from different perspectives: a historical one (a face-to-face meeting with great musicians from the past), and organological one (musical instruments and their peculiarity), the point-of-view of style, and the cultural one.

Emphasis will be on Italy’s music, with the aim of sharing the country’s unique culture; nonetheless, while exploring Italian music history we will tell the stories of people who have changed history and influenced the way music is played all over the world - beyond boundaries and limits, both geographical, musical, and cultural.

"Thanks, Paolo, I thoroughly enjoyed your Class and all the insights.  Even since my approach when listening music has changed." 

- Tom

"Music classes were a part of my public school education. I also studied an instrument for a time and my children studied piano.  I felt like I had a fairly good appreciation for music...that is, until I enrolled in Paolo Schianchi’s music history and appreciation class.  Paolo opened a window in the world of music that I did not know existed. " 

- Bartolomeo

Tuition (12 hours):
$ 200

After the payment, you will receive a confirmation email with the invitation to the Zoom meetings.

Per inquiries please send an email to:

The Music Appreciation course is open to everyone, with no age restrictions. No musical background or training is assumed or required.

The course will be in English.


When and Where

Every Thursday

from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

from September 24th to November 12th, 2020:


September 24

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

November 5, 12

Due to COVID-19, the course will be online on Zoom.
You will not need to download and install the Zoom application to participate.

Designed for you


Paolo Schianch

Paolo Schianchi is an out-of-the-ordinary musician and performer, able to master all existing variations of the guitar, from the Renaissance lute to electric guitars,to unique instruments which he has created.

Among them, a 49-string guitar he personally designed, made specially for him by the Argentine luthier Carlos Roberto Michelutti, and the Octopus® guitar system. The Octopus® is an electro-acoustic system that is currently unique worldwide, which enables him to play several guitars contemporaneously using both hands and feet, mixing and manipulating their sounds in real time and exclusively live.

He is a guitarist, composer, arranger, researcher, and inventor.

In 2016 he was granted with a special visa for life (Green Card EB-1) for “artists with extraordinary abilities”.

Some of the topics of this Course:

1. Renaissance and songwriting

2. Innovation in Music

3. Virtuosity, rockstars from the 19th Century, and the birth of the Opera

4. Geometry in Music

5. Music and the stars

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