In addition to her regular performing and teaching activities, Francesca Canali constantly devotes much of her energy to many innovative educational projects both in Austria and abroad.
In particular in the last ten years, her interest has focused on pedagogical approaches, teaching methods and educational systems that, in parallel with musical development, also aim to enhance and develop the young musician’s individual personality as well as their personal and social skills.
For these reasons, Francesca has collaborated with musical education systems that place the experience of making music together at the heart of musical education and therefore, from the very beginning of training, promote intensive practice in orchestras and ensembles (such as, among others, the Venezuelan El Sistema, the Filarmónica Jóven de Colombia, the Fundación Comfenalco of Cartagena and the Fundación Batuta in Columbia, the Proyecto Vozes y Música para la Paz y la Integración of Barcelona, SEYO-Sistema Europa).
Furthermore, she has also conceived and realized many pilot projects with her students in Austria.
Through all these activities, her main purpose was and still is to actively support and encourage collective and cooperative learning processes in pupils/students, making them experience a social dimension and an open, communicative and empathetic way of making music, and promoting creativity and empathetic leadership from the very beginning of their musical development.
All her initiatives and projects have had a great impact and a huge success, arousing great enthusiasm both on the part of the institutions with which Francesca has worked and on the part of the pupils and all the young musicians involved.
Furthermore, they enabled her to broaden her teaching skills and competences by developing a wide repertoire of different pedagogical approaches and teaching methods, comparing and integrating different principles, concepts, contents and teaching strategies.
A profound interest in the social aspects of music education has led Francesca Canali to extended performing tours in Africa (South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Ghana), Central and South America (Colombia, Cuba and Venezuela), where, in addition to solo recitals, she has lectured and given masterclasses at local music universities and taught within the framework of various educational projects and systems.
She has been tutor/coach for the flutes and woodwinds of many international youth orchestras and also has carried out numerous musical educational projects in marginal and socially disadvantaged areas in collaboration with some renowned music institutions such as the El Sistema in Venezuela, the Fundación Batuta, the Filarmónica Jóven de Colombia and the Fundación Comfenalco of Cartagena in Columbia, the Unisa, the Miagi, the University of Pretoria and the University of Cape Town, the Hugo Lambrechts Music Center and the Keiskamma Music Academy in South Africa, the Proyecto Vozes y Musica para la Paz y la Integración in Barcelona, the SEYO-Sistema Europa, the El Sistema Greece in Athen and the Sistema Nazionale delle Orchestre giovanili in Italy.
All these activities and intense experiences have opened up new horizons in her approach to instrumental teaching and more generally to music education and have been of great importance for the development of a more holistic vision of music teaching.
Moreover, they have allowed her to deepen her knowledge and studies in areas indirectly related to music education and performance, such as the psychology and neurophysiology of learning and current knowledge concerning the enhancement and development of musical talent and individual potential.
In order to enable and encourage an intensive experience of the collective/social dimension of music-making from the very beginning of musical education and to foster the development of interpersonal and communication skills in young students, Francesca Canali promoted numerous extracurricular projects in Austria.
Since 2012 she has been an initiator for a regional flute orchestra project for the young flute players of the Upper Austrian Regional Music Schools System (Oberösterreichischen Landesmusikschulwerk).
Her purpose was and is to give everybody the chance to play some of the more beautiful music masterpieces in a large Ensembles/Flute-Orchestra, and above all to promote the intensive experience of the social dimension of music making as a communicative, emotional, and creative collective force and a form of empathy and sharing between young musicians from the beginning of their training and regardless of their more or less pronounced musical talent.
The great success of the flute orchestra in public performances, together with the enthusiasm and rapid musical development of all the young pupils involved, opens up optimistic expectations for the future of this project.
INTERNATIONAL TEACHING ACTIVITIES
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