Further Studies

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Parallel to her academic studies, Francesca Canali intensified and completed her artistic and pedagogical education through numerous international masterclasses, advanced studies and in-depth courses on various important topics related to musical performance, interpretation and pedagogy such as:

  • Methods and techniques of body awareness and expression
  • Breathing: anatomy, physiology, techniques and methods
  • Musician’s health and medicine: self-care, prevention, anatomy and physiology
  • Artistic voice: physiology and singing methods
  • Music pedagogy and didactics
  • Science of Performance: psycho-physiological aspects of music performance, stage fright, performance coaching, concentration, managing emotions
  • Talent and potential development and support
  • Music improvisation, experimental music composition, rhythm-training, circle songs, vocal percussion
  • Neuroscience, psychology of learning, personal growth, creativity, Music kinesiology
  • Communication, Leadership, Charisma

For many years she has been practicing different methods of body awareness such as the Alexander Method, Feldenkrais Method, Taj-chi and different forms of meditation.

Francesca Canali is currently attending a professional 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.



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

[1] https://www.mariabusque.net
[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 http://www.resonanzlehre.de/english_introduction.php
[3] In positive psychology, a flow state, also known colloquially as being in the 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_(psychology)