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Wide-ranging studies at prestigious music Universities in Rome, Paris and Salzburg allowed Francesca Canali to grow up musically in a rich and varied international cultural environment and to come into personal contact with different musical traditions and with renowned flautists (Irena Grafenauer, Michael Kofler, Patrick Gallois, James Galway, Maxence Larrieu, Angelo Persichilli,..), exponents of the leading European flute schools and music traditions.

Thanks to that, she gained an inside knowledge of the most important European musical traditions and was exposed to many different methodological and didactic approaches as well as to the existing didactic-pedagogical literature.

Graduation at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg

Her musical education embraces both the art and the science of playing flute and making-music. On the one hand, she studied flute (soloist/performance and pedagogy), chamber music, voice/singing, baroque flute and early music performance practice, experimental composition and attended several international master classes, orchestras and chamber music academies. On the other hand, she studied musician’s health and medicine (self-care, prevention, anatomy and physiology), pedagogy, musicology, cultural anthropology, philosophy and has honed her musical skills and expertise through numerous in-depth courses on the science and psycho-physiological aspects implicated in musical performance.

Francesca Canali has been a scholarship holder of European orchestras and chamber music academies and has actively participated in numerous master classes held by some of the most celebrated contemporary flutists and musicians. 

She has refined her pedagogical and teaching skills and competences through numerous advanced and in-depth courses on the psycho-physiological aspects, the medicine and the science related to the musical performance, body-awareness training methods (Alexander, Feldenkrais, Qi Gong, etc.), different singing and breathing techniques, and many other important themes of music pedagogy (stage fright, body-resonance, flow, kinesiology, improvisation, etc.).

The participation in numerous international congresses on music education and musician’s medicine/physiology, together with her interdisciplinary research and in-depth studies in music science and music pedagogy as part of her doctorate at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, have further broadened her pedagogical and teaching knowledge and skills.

Moreover, her numerous experiences as a guest teacher and a lecturer at international musical universities and institutions and all the many artistic-pedagogical projects she has carried out in collaboration with international musical Institutions such as, among others, El Sistema in Venezuela, have allowed her to build up a wide repertoire of different methodologies, teaching formats and didactic and pedagogical approaches, comparing and experiencing at first hand different systems, aims and methods of music teaching.

Lastly, she improved her skills as a university professor through numerous seminars within the framework of the “Mentoring Programme for Highly Qualified Artists and Academics“, for which she was a scholarship holder at the Universität der Künstein Berlin (UdK), and through enriching exchanges with her mentors – Univ. Prof. Ulrich Mahlert (one of Europe’s leading experts in music education) and Dean Prof. Errico Fresis.

Moreover, recently Francesca Canali attended a professional one-year training course held by Maria Busqué[1] on Resonanzlehre according to Thomas Lange’s method (Resonance Training and applied physiology of music[2]) in association with the flow-state[3] phenomenon in playing music.

Her diverse and parallel activities as an artist, pedagogue, and scientist enable her to ground all artistic and pedagogical main themes of musical practice and pedagogy on extensive scientific knowledge and expertise

[2] Resonance Training for musicians is a musical sound body practice to enhance quality of sound, freedom of movement and richness of emotional expression.Thomas Lange in
[3] In positive psychology, a flow state, also known colloquially as being inthe zone, is the mental state in which a person performing some activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.


Teacher in Masterclasses, Seminars, Workshops  

  • Austria: University Mozarteum in Salzburg (2005, 2013, 2018, 2019, 2020); AMC/Austrian Master Classes – Zell an der Pram (every summer since 2007); Advanced Training Academy for Music School Teachers at Weinberg Castle /Kefermarkt (2012, 2013, 2021); International Flute Festival “Am Puls der Flöte” – Vöcklabruck (2011); Anton Bruckner Music University (2010); International Flute Academy of Bad Schallerbach (from 2006 to 2009)
  • Greece (2017): Conservatory of Athens, Hellenic Festival, SEYO – EL SISTEMA EUROPA: Sistema Europa Youth Orchestra Residency – Athens
  • Spain (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019): Fundación Internacional “Voces y Música para la Paz y la Integración” – Barcelona
  • Columbia (2011, 2012, 2013): Fundación Nacional Batuta; Universidad Javeriana/Facultad de Música – Bogotá; Universidad EAFIT/Facultad de Música – Medellin; Universidad Nacional de Colombia/Facultad de Música – Bogotá; Fundación Comfenalco – Cartagena; Conservatorio del Tolima – Ibagué
  • Ghana (2013): University of Legon/Department for Performing Arts – Accra; Ghana National Symphony Orchestra
  • Venezuela (2011, 2012, 2020, 2021): Fundación Musical Simón Bolivar/Sistema Nacional de Orquestas y Coros Infantiles y Juveniles de Venezuela (Fesnojiv); Academia Latinoamericana de Flauta – Caracas; Conservatorio Itinerante de Musica Teresa Carreno
  • South Africa (2009, 2011, 2012): Johannesburg Philharmonic Academy – Johannesburg; Kingsmead College – Johannesburg; UNISA University of South Africa – Pretoria; University of Johannesburg; University of Pretoria/Department of Music; University of Cape Town/Department of Music; South African College of Music – Cape Town; Hugo Lambrecht Music Centre – Parow, Cape Town
  • Mosambik (2011, 2012): ECA – Escola de Comunicação e Arte de Maputo; Universidade Eduardo Mondlane; Escola de Musica de Maputo
  • Zimbabwe (2011): Zimbabwe College of Music – Harare; University of Zimbabwe – Harare; Hellenic International Academy in Harare
  • Cuba (2005): ISA – Instituto Superior de Arte – La Habana


Tutor/Coach for Flutes/Woodwinds of international youth orchestras:


  • Greece (2017): Sistema Europa Youth Orchestra Residency (SEYO) – Athens
  • Italy (2013, 2014, 2015): Sistema Orchestre e Cori Giovanili d’Italia; PYO – Pasquinelli Young Orchestra, Sistema Lombardia – Milano; Orchestra giovanile per la pace “Pequenas Huellas” – Torino
  • Spain (since 2014): Orquesta Juvenil Internacional “Voces y Música para la Paz y la Integración” – Barcelona
  • Ghana (2013): Ghana National Symphony Orchestra
  • Columbia (2011, 2012, 2013): Filarmónica Joven de Colombia; Orquesta Juvenil de Comfenalco – Cartagena; Orquesta Juvenil Fundación Batuta
  • Venezuela (2009, 2011, 2012, 2020): Fundación Musical Simón Bolivar / Sistema Nacional de Orquestas y Coros Infantiles y Juveniles de Venezuela (Fesnojiv), Conservatorio Itinerante “Teresa Carreño”
  • South Africa (2009, 2012, 2013): UNISA – University of South Africa; Johannesburg Philharmonic Academy – Johannesburg; MIAGI – Music is a great Investment



Flute master classes with: Sir James Galway, Patrick Gallois, Auréle Nicolet, Irena Grafenauer, Alain Marion, Maxence Larrieu, Andreas Adorjan, Barthold Kuijken, Peter-Lukas Graf, Angelo Persichilli, Marc Hantai, Hélène d’Yvoire, Wil Offermans, Philippe Pierlot, Janos Balint, Dante Milozzi, Hertha Mergl, Giuseppe Nova, Jean Ferrandis, Vincens Prats, and Gudrun Hinze.

Advanced training-program as a scholarship holder within the framework of the Mentoringprogramm for highly qualified female artists and academics at the crossroads between science and art “Career goal: Professor at a university/art academy”(UdK – University of the Arts – Berlin). The following topics have been covered: communication and presence; concepts, aims and teaching methods; development of personality and potential; talent development and supporting; creativity and lateral thinking; leadership and human resource development.

Her mentors were Prof. Dr. Ulrich Mahlert, one of the most renowned international experts in music pedagogy, and Prof. Errico Fresis, Dean of the UdK in Berlin.

Body-work, body awareness, breathing methods: Resonanzlehre und Flow-Seminar: Maria Busqué; Feldenkrais for musicians: Mag. Simone Irmer and Dr. Carolin Schwenzer; Alexander-Technique applied to musicians: Josef Weiss; Alexander-Technique applied to singing: Dr. Maria Weiss; Hilde Langer-Rühl’s Breathing-Voice-Movement Method – Two-year training course at the Vienna University of Music (MdW): Dr. Bernhard Riebl; Taj-Chi and Qi Gong: Heimo Weilharter.

Artistic physiology of the voice, different singing methods and vocal training: Vocal anthropology: Ulrike Sowodniok, University of the Arts, Berlin (Udk); Voice Craft-EVTS Jo Estill training: Elisa Turla; Singing method La voie du Chant: Jean-Pierre Blivet; Singing method La voix liberée: Yva Barthelemy; Harmonic singing: Julia Renöckl und Chris Amhrein.

Anatomy, physiology and medicine of the musician: Courses, trainings, seminars with Dr. Horst-Peter Hesse, Dr. Günther Bernatzky, Dr. Franco Fussi, Dr. Bernhard Riebl, Dr. Claudia Spahn, Dr. Berhard Richter, Dr. Albrecht Lahme; Training course Musician’s Medicine and Physiology of the artistic singing Voice: Dr. Franco Fussi; Anatomy-Physiology-Pathology of Voice Training: Dr Josef Schömicher-Thier; Anatomy and Physiology for Musicians: Dr. Albrecht Lahme; Physiology of the Movement and Musician’s Medicine: Dr. Albrecht Lahme. Praktikum of two years in the medical practice of Dr. Josef Schlömicher-Thier (otorhinolaryngologist specialized in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases of singers and musicians, official doctor of the Salzburg Festival)

Stage fright and performance coaching: Managing stage fright and performance coaching: Dr. Irmgaud Tarr and Mag. Christian Frauscher; CRM motivation training for musicians facing stage fright: Angela Büche; audition training & performance practice coaching: Hedi Milek; overcoming stage fright in students: Hedi Milek

Pedagogy and didactics of music, improvisation, rhythm-training, Taketina, Circle Songs, experimental composition, kinesiology: TakeTina-Method and Circle Songs courses with Reinhard Flatischler, Ari Glage, Andreas Gerber, Sabine Bundshu, Katrin Loibner; Improvisation as a part of instrumental lesson: Univ. Prof. Karin Schlimp; Vocal Improvisation & Vocal Percussion: Kees Kool; Improvisation and composition with young students: Cordula Bösze; Rhythmtraining: Gerhard Reiter; Self-management and time management for teachers: Dr. MMag. Reiner Holzinger; Musical Kinesiology and Music Therapy: Sissi Mostolfi; Self-management for Musicians: Paola Minussi Geißler; Internationale Tage der Alte Musik – Schloß Weinberg; Indian music, raga system and improvisation: Gilles Petit; one-year training course in Voice Analysis and Vemu Mukunda’s Nada Brahma method: Friedrich Leitner and Gunda Dietzel; Experimental musical composition Maestro Boris Porena’s class at the Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia (Rome).

Science of music and artistic performance, music psychology, neuroscience, acoustics and psychoacoustics: Psychology of motivation and artistic performance: Dr. MMag. Rainer Holzinger; Psychology of motivation applied to the study of an instrument: Angela Büche; Music and brain development: Prof.DDr. Manfred Spitzer; Principles of psychology applied to music teaching: Dr. MMag. R. Holzinger; BAPNE Method – Develop the multiple intelligences through mouvement and body percussion: Dr. Javier Romero; Mensch und Musik, the effects of music on man: Dr. Horst-Peter Hesse, Günther Bernatzy; Neurobiological bases of learning and development of personal potential: Sebastian Purps and Prof. Gerald Hüther; Learning methods and instrumental study methodologies: Prof. Gerhard Mantel; Brain research results as a source of inspiration and basis for new teaching methods: Angela Büche; Üben in Flow – Methodology of study and integral training of the musician: Dipl.-Psychologist Dr. Andreas Burzik; Neuroscience, meditation and development of personal potential: Dr. Joe Dispenza; Transcendental Meditation (TM) and creative intelligence / method of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: Walpurgis Schwarzmüller.

Communication, coaching, gender, personal growth, development of potential, presence, leadership: Courses held at the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation in Berlin on Kommunikationstraining, Körpersprache und Präsenz, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3: Deborah Ruggieri; Führungstraining, Charisma, Gender und Kommunikation, Level 1 and Level 2: Deborah Ruggieri




Salzburg – MFÖ 8. Tagung der Musikpädagogischen Forschung Österreich: “Künstlerische, wissenschaftliche und pädagogische Potenziale entdecken und fördern.”


Salzburg – World Voice Day Salzburg 2019 „Hommage an Lilli Lehmann: Ihre Gesangskunst im Lichte der modernen Stimmwissenschaft. Atemtechnik, Körperarbeit, Klangerzeugung und Tonbildung für Sänger und Bläser“


Salzburg, XIII International Voice Symposium „Care of the Professional Voice“.

Ried-in Innkreis, Musikschul-Kongress: „In Beziehung treten – ein Muss für gutes Arbeiten?! Konstruktives Miteinander und Beziehungsaufgaben im Musikschulkontext“


Salzburg, Universität Mozarteum, EAS /ISME Kongress: „Joint (Ad)venture Music“

Ried-in Innkreis, Musikschul-Kongress: „SchülerInnen verstehen und motivieren“


Berlin, Hochschule für Musik „Hans Eisler“ – 54. Berliner Gesangswissenschaftliche Tagung

Salzburg, Universität Mozarteum – Symposium „Sistema-inspired Music Education in Europe and Beyond“

Ravenna – X Convegno Internazionale di Foniatria e Logopedia: „La voce artistica“


Salzburg – XI International Voice Symposium „Freeing the sounding body“.

Kassel – XIII Symposium der DGfMM (Deutschen Gesellschaft für Musikphysiologie und Musikermedizin): „Arbeitsplätze im Fokus der Musikermedizin“

Rom, Universitá Roma 4 – „2. Convegno Internazionale in Educazione e Inclusione“

Berlin, Universität der Künste – „Major Minor“ International Symposium on the Education of Young Classical Musicians

Salzburg, Universität Mozarteum – Interdisziplinäres Symposion im Rahmen von Sparkling Science: „Individuum – Kollektivum“


Ravenna – IX Convegno Internazionale di Foniatria e Logopedia: „La voce artistica“


Salzburg – X International Symposium: „Vorsorgemedizin für Sänger und Bläser“


Salzburg – IX International Voice Symposium: „Künstler Medizin“


Ravenna – V Convegno Internazionale di Foniatria e Logopedia: „La voce artistica“ 


Salzburg – VII International Voice Symposium: „The Mozart Voice“.


Salzburg -Universität Salzburg – Austrian Voice Institut: „Anatomie – Physiologie – Pathologie der Stimmbildung“

Ravenna – IV Convegno Internazionale di Foniatria e Logopedia: „La voce artistica“


Salzburg – VI. International Voice Symposium: „Stimme Interdisziplinär“.


Ravenna – III Convegno Internazionale di Foniatria e Logopedia: „La voce artistica“


Salzburg – V. International Voice Symposium: „Moderne Wissenschaft der Singstimme als Grundlage einer modernen Gesangspädagogik“

Salzburg – Universität Mozarteum: Kongress „Mensch und Musik“