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Anna Scalfaro

Associate Professor

Department of the Arts

Academic discipline: L-ART/07 Musicology and History of Music

Curriculum vitae

She is an associate professor and carries out research in the fields of contemporary music history and music pedagogy. In particular, she deals with the history of music education in Italian schools, the dissemination of music in the media, and the production of chamber opera in twentieth-century Italy.


She graduated in piano with honours from the "F. Torrefranca" Conservatory in Vibo Valentia. She then specialised in chamber music at the "Incontri col Maestro" Academy in Imola. In 2003 she graduated cum laude in DAMS Music, with a thesis on Luigi Dallapiccola. In 2007 she obtained a PhD in Musicology and Musical Heritage at the Department of the Arts in Bologna.

There she completed a three-year research grant on the History of music teaching in Italian schools and, subsequently, an annual research grant entitled “La divulgazione del sapere musicale in RAI TV: con alcune prospettive per il MOdE - Museo Officina dell'Educazione”.

In 2015 she obtained the Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale, sector 10/C1 - second band.

Teaching activities

Since 2004 she has been collaborating with the chairs of History of Music and Music Pedagogy for the Degree and Master's Degree Courses of the School of Arts and Cultural Heritage, assisting with teaching activities, final examinations and thesis correlation. From 2007 to 2009 she was a lecturer on History of Contemporary Music at the Faculty of Conservation of Cultural Heritage in Ravenna, and on Music Literacy at the Department of the Arts in Bologna.

She has been a lecturer for the module "Exercises of Didactics of Listening" within the teaching "Musical Pedagogy with exercises of Didactics of Listening", in the TFA - Tirocinio Formativo Attivo, for the qualification to school teaching of Music.

She has taught History of Music III '800, for the DAMS degree course in Bologna, and Elements of Music Education, for the CdS in Logopedia, Faenza site (qualifying for the health profession of logopedist).

She currently teaches Philosophy and Musical Aesthetics for the DAMS degree course and coordinates the Music Laboratory (1). She also teaches Music Pedagogy for the Master's Degree Course in Music and Theatre Disciplines (UniBo).

She directs the first-level Master in Music Production and Promotion (UniBo); as part of the Master she teaches History of Modern and Contemporary Music.

She is a member of the Register of Tutors of the Collegio Superiore 2019-2022, deliberated in the Scientific Council of the College on 24 October 2019.

Scientific activity

To the history of contemporary music and to music education/dissemination, the main fields of his research, she has dedicated, in addition to several essays and articles, a didactic monograph on Mozart's concerto for clarinet and orchestra (Bologna, 2007), the books I "Lirici greci" di Quasimodo: un ventennio di recezione musicale (Rome, 2011), Storia dell'educazione musicale nella scuola italiana. Dall'Unità ai giorni nostri (Milan, 2014), Musica in programma. Quarant'anni di divulgazione musicale in Rai-tv (Udine, 2020).

She has participated in numerous national and international conferences: among others, the conference of the A.A.I.S. (The American Association for Italian Studies) in 2009 in New York at St. John's University; the conference of the IMS (International Music Society) in 2012 in Rome; the conference "Ragione e Furore. Lucretius in contemporary Italy" (Bologna, 2017), the Meeting "Music as Cultural Education: Building New Bridges between Pre-College Schools and Universities" (Bologna, 2018); First International Conference Education and Post-Democracy (Cagliari, 2019), Fourth International Conference on Communication & Media Studies (Bonn, 2019).

She has recently curated and implemented the study day Musiche popular: suoni, immagini, media, discipline (with Marco Santoro, Lucio Spaziante, Nico Staiti, Department of the Arts, 11 June); the workshop Creation and diffusion of music at the time of the pandemic: which perspectives? (in live-streaming, 12-13 November).

She is scientific head of the research project (won by Giacomo Albert) "Digital applications of music within the CRICC" (Research Centre for Interaction with Cultural and Creative Industries). Programme: PRAP - Regional programme of productive activities 2012-2015 - Call for proposals: Emilia Romagna Region POR-FESR 2014-2020.

Member of the scientific committee for the project "Luciano Chailly Celebrations 2020-2022" (University of Trento, Accademia Filarmonica di Trento, Archivio provinciale di Trento, Società Filarmonica di Trento, Archivio Ricordi, Archivio Buzzati and Associazione Internazionale Buzzati di Feltre); member of the research group "La dimensione culturale del Welfare di Comunità" ("Achille Ardigò" School, UniBo Department of Arts, Urban Innovation Foundation (FIU) and the Navile District; member of the IMS (International Musicological Society) Study Group "Transmission of Knowledge as a Primary Aim in Music Education" (chair: Giuseppina La Face).

She is part of the local unit (Bologna) of the PRIN 2017 funded La formazione del pubblico della musica d'arte in Italia dal novecento a oggi, and of the group related to the project La didattica dell'ascolto musicale come strumento d'inclusione sociale, admitted to the Alma Idea Grant Senior.

She is part of the scientific committee of DAMSLab - laboratory of urban cultural enhancement, activated and managed by the Department of the Arts, University of Bologna.

Membership in scientific and editorial committees

She directs the series "MusicaMedia" for the publisher Colle in Udine, with Ilario Meandri and Placida Staro. She is a member of the scientific committee of the series "Musical-mente", for the publisher Armando (Rome). She is part of the editorial board of the magazines "Musica Docta" (Bologna) and "Gli spazi della musica" (Turin) and of the editorial board of MOdE - Museo Officina dell'Educazione of the Department of Educational Sciences "Giovanni Maria Bertin". From 2017 to 2020 she was a member of the board of directors of the Association "Il Saggiatore musicale", which promotes cultural, editorial, educational and training initiatives in the field of musicology.

Institutional activities

For the Master's Degree Course in Music and Theatre Disciplines, she is a member of the following committees - for the reorganisation of the degree course, - for QA (Quality Assurance) management, - for admission interviews.

She is a member of the Departmental Commission "Working Group: Policies for Coexistence". She has been a member of the departmental Commission for the compilation of the SUA-RD and of the competition commission for admission to the PhD course in Visual, Performing and Media Arts - 35th cycle (a.y. 2019-2020).

Other activities

She organises the annual event "I Classici in classe" (promoted by the "Saggiatore musicale" and the UniBo Department of Arts, "La Soffitta" centre): a concert event in which various musical ensembles, selected from schools in the city and province of Bologna, perform.

At the same time she performs as a concert performer and as a music educator, conceiving and conducting cycles of concert-lessons for schools and for an adult audience.