Lectures & Seminars

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Francesca Canali currently focuses on the following research topics, on which she holds lectures, seminars and workshops:


  • From inside out!

The sound between inner experience and outer expression

Music is a holistic art that arises from a complex interaction of the body, mind and heart/soul (i.e. emotions, feelings and affects) of the musician and involves the human being in all his bodily, mental, emotional and affective complexity.
The lecture/seminar covers theoretical as well as practical aspects: Self-perception and body awareness is trained and improved through collective breathing, voice and body exercises.
As a result, the musician gains more self-confidence and acquires more expressive possibilities in her/his playing, as well as a more assured and convincing stage presence.

  • Singing flute

Physiological, artistic and pedagogical similarities

The seminar (lecture & workshop) focuses on the anatomy and the physiological processes that are involved in playing the flute and take place specifically in the vocal apparatus of the instrumentalist, and exposes the results of more than 20 years of in-depth interdisciplinary scientific research.
The goal is to outline and define the range of properties of sound as they occur in playing, and to correlate these with underlying physiological processes as well as with corresponding auditory and senso-motoric perceptions and various styles, aesthetic ideals and didactic-pedagogical approaches.
Relevant topics of the flute and wind instrumental technique are explained on a scientific basis and made accessible to each participant through collective bodily, vocal and tone exercises. 

  • Music as integral ‘bodily art’: self-care, prevention and health of the musician.

Fundamentals and knowledge that enhance self and body awareness relevant to the activity of performing and making music – i.e. while singing, playing, practicing, performing and teaching – and that lead to refined perception, awareness and thus a healthy approach as well as optimisation of the body processes involved in making music. 
The aim of the seminar is to enhance and promote a healthy and conscious approach to making music, especially with regard to music students and professionals, actively preventing problems and illnesses e.g. disorders from overuse of the fine motor, vocal and respiratory systems.
The contents will be taught in theory and in practice and made accessible to each participant through collective bodily, vocal and tone exercises with and without an instrument.

  • What’s behind a tone? 
Colour, timbre and sound quality: perception, analysis and evaluation of sound in the artistic and pedagogical practice.

What causes the variety of possible and different sounds / sound qualities that can be produced with the voice or on the same instrument? Which bodily, mental and emotional factors determine the different sound qualities?

Criteria to correctly understand and ‘interpret’ what we hear, see and feel while playing and teaching: development and training of the sensitivity and skills to listen differentially to the various qualities of sounds in relation to the underlying physiological and psychological processes that generate them. 
Collective practical exercises, with and without instrument, to increase awareness, sensitivity and to implement and experience while playing/singing the contents of the lecture

  • Beyond music!

Music as a human phenomenon in constant tension between physical and meta-physical[1] aspects.

What is music ‘beyond music itself’? What does music – especially music-making – mean and represent for the human being? What ‘happens’ in her/him when she/he makes music? What does music trigger in people? 

Bodily, emotional, cognitive, spiritual, expressive, communicative and cultural dimensions of music-making. Interactive workshop which spans an arc from the phenomenology of Sergiu Celibidache to voice/sound anthropology, sensory and sound perception, acoustic, resonance, flow and trance state all the way to holistic integrative approaches to music education and the Venezuelan El Sistema.

  • Music as the ‘language of feelings’

Emotional aspects relating to making and experiencing music

How do different emotions and feelings ‘sound’?  

The seminar focuses on the emotional and affective aspects of making and experiencing music and on the expressive power of music as a way of personally experiencing and simultaneously evoking emotions and feelings in others: correlation between human emotions, feelings, different qualities, characters and timbres of sound and voice, different body attitudes and different musical styles and forms of musical expression. These topics will be illustrated on a theoretical basis and enriched by numerous examples drawn from musical and artistic real-life and practice.



[1] from ancient Greek metá-tá-physiká: beyond the physical