Claudia grew up in a home surrounded by a strong Italian culture and inherited her deep love of music from her Grandfather who was a maestro musician and orchestra conductor in Milan in the early 1900s, and from her mother who sang and taught her the famous Italian arias of her day.
Claudia started playing the piano at the age of 7 and trained under the Royal and Trinity Schools of Music London, up to an advanced level in classical piano and then branched into learning and later teaching contemporary, pop, classical, and traditional styles as well as singing and voice training.
La Scala Music and Language Studio was born out of Claudia’s origins in Milan, home of the famous La Scala opera hall, her passion and desire to teach a wide variety of music as well as the Italian language.
La Scala means The Staircase and at La Scala Music, Claudia teaches music just like ascending a staircase - one simple step at a time.
Claudia has taught students of all ages starting as young as 8 through to her most senior at 77.
She believes everyone can and should experience the joy and happiness that playing your favorite music or singing your favorite songs can bring and that its never too late to learn.
At La Scala there are no limits.
“Music is love and love is music if you know what I mean
People who believe in music are the happiest people I’ve ever seen”
Mac Davis, I believe in music. 1972
(Claudia is a member of the NZ Modern School of Music)
Claudia directed two song groups (one English one Italian) at the CWEA in Gloucester street Christchurch before moving to the Gold Coast.
Claudia teaches on Yamaha equipment in her dedicated music studio.
Claudia is bilingual, speaking English and Italian fluently and has taught Italian at Hagley College in Christchurch New Zealand for six years. She is TEFL certified to teach English as a second language. She is passionate about languages, also speaking Spanish , Afrikaans and a little German. She now lives on the Gold Coast and would like to continue sharing her love of language with you.
Learning always keeps the brain active and stimulated and research has shown that learning either a language or a musical instrument can actually slow down the onset of age related diseases like Alzheimer's. Isn't that fantastic? It also exercises and improves your mathematical abilities.
So, whether you want to learn conversational English or Italian or extend yourself with reading and writing as well, lessons with me will be a fun and inspiring journey.
Bachelor of Social Science and PGDIP Social Work (Natal University, South Africa)
Classical & Contemporary Piano Trained
Private Piano teacher for 35 years
Dante Alighieri Italian to advanced level
Taught Italian for 6 years at Hagley College in Christchurch
Taught singing at the WEA Christchurch for 5 years
Certificate from TEFL to teach English as a 2nd language
Private language tutor for 25 years