I worked with Dr. Frani back in 2004. I came to him already passionate about music, but before him I had not understood the beauty in classical music. I didn't know of the various periods and styles, and I had no idea that I could be moved so deeply by a piano alone. He introduced himself to me and my peers by playing for us. Before he sat down at the piano I had my eye on the clock counting the seconds so I could go back to my dorm and listen to "good music." He took his place in front of the keys, looked at them as if he was about to embrace a lover he had not seen for years, and started playing Rachmaninov. I was captured and in awe of how incredible he was not only in technical skill, but in his ability to express so many incredible emotions. I heard him hum along as he played and thought about how beautiful it was to see him leave the room and travel deep into his own heart only to share it with everyone. From that point on, I found every opportunity to be around him. When time permitted I sat with him and a few peers eating cheese and talking about music and life. He was so human and filled with so much compassion. He listened, just as he listened to the works of Chopin, Rachmaninov, and Liszt, as if to hear beyond words, at subtle tonal inflections and the feeling behind the composition. And he would understand. In learning about music from him, he was stern only to the point of instilling discipline and never dehumanizing nor deprecating. He believed in his students and pushed us to grow not just musically, but also as people. He taught me to listen like he listened, and I found myself crying when he performed a duet with an incredible cellist because I was able to not only hear, but also feel. 14 years later I still find myself inspired by him. I spent much of my adult life writing music and learning how to play new instruments. I took various music courses in college and approached it with the passion and discipline he brought into my life. I challenged myself more than my peers and did what it took to perform with the same emotion I saw from him that very first time he played in front of me and every other time after that. I took those lessons to the stage in entirely different genres and lost myself in the music performing with intensity while maintaining accuracy. It was because of Dr. Frani that I was able to spend so much time as a musician who was respected and loved by fans and fellow musicians, and it was because of him that I was able to respect and love myself as a musician and artist, and respect and love my work.
I have heard Massimiliano play the piano many times and know he is a great musician. Having grown up in a piano family, I truly appreciate all the time and effort he puts into his music.
1. Initial assessment
2. Analysis of repertoire, technique, practice habits, etc.
3. Pedagogic plan
I have a Doctoral of Musical Arts from the Venice Conservatory and a Master's Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from BYU.
I do and I discuss it with the potential family
Every musician should teach!
Beginners, High School, Doctoral and professional performers
My FAZIOLI piano arrived from Italy
I will repeate what Dr. Paul Pollei used to say: "In the beginning a teacher should charge 1 million/hr, by the end it is the teacher who should pay back the student"
Depends on the student