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Anna Scalfaro

Associate Professor

Department of the Arts

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

Curriculum vitae

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She carries out her research in the fields of contemporary music history and music pedagogy. In particular, she deals with the popularization of music in the media, the history of music education in Italian schools, and the production of chamber opera in the Italian twentieth century.


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”.

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 degree course DAMS of Bologna, and Elements of Music Education, for the CdS in Logopedia, Faenza seat (qualifying for the profession of speech therapist); Music Pedagogy for the degree course DAMS and for the master's degree course in Disciplines of Music and Theatre (UniBo).

Currently, for the DAMS degree course, she teaches Philosophy and Musical Aesthetics and coordinates the Music Laboratory (1). She also teaches History of popular music and History of music in the media for the Master of Music and Theatre (UniBo).

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

She has been a member of the Board of Tutors of the Upper College since 2019 (three-year terms 2019-2022 and 2023-2026).

In 2022 for the College of Arts and Sciences, she is teaching a module as part of the teaching Digital Curation. Organizing Art and Media Products.

She is a member of the Board of Doctors in Visual, Performing, and Media Arts (UniBo).

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); Music and Moving Image Conference (New York, on line, 2021), Italian Film Music, 1950s-1970s: Between Tradition, Innovation, and Internationalisation (Lucca, on line, 2021), IMS 2022 – 21st Quinquennial Congress of the International Musicological Society (Athens, The School of Philosophy, 22-26 agosto 2022), Classical Music in Contemporary Media and Society (University of Gothenburg, online conference, 13-15 maggio 2022).

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 2020); the workshop Creation and diffusion of music at the time of the pandemic: which perspectives? (in live-streaming, 12-13 November. 2020); the conference Music and Cinema. Objects, contexts and methodologies of investigation in film music (with Marida Rizzuti, DAMSLab, November 5-6, 2021).

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.

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.

She is in the scientific committee of the "DAMSLab - laboratory of urban cultural valorization" and of the "Soffitta - Center of theatrical promotion", both of the Department of Arts of the University of Bologna.

Institutional activities

She is a member of the departmental commission "Management and innovation of teaching", of the QA (Quality Assurance) management commission for the CdLM in Disciplines of Music and Theatre.