My name is Pierina dell’Avo. I have an eclectic professional journey with colorful background.
My life experience translates into my approach to teaching music by combining a positive, holistic approach with an appreciation for diversity and joy.
Born and raised Switzerland, I was musically trained on the piano at the age of five and started the cello at twenty years old. My passion for music stayed with me while obtaining my Bachelor of Furniture and Fine Arts in 1998. My first job in the field of furniture making was with Gabella SA, a well known company in Lausanne, being the only woman among 30 men.
While working I realized that my devotion to music grew even stronger and I decided to study music obtaining a BA as a choir conductor from the Music Academy, Luzern, in 1993. During my studies, I took a Sunday job as a church organist and conducted the French Catholic Choir, Luzern. With my heart set on the French part of Switzerland, I moved to Neuchâtel where I worked in a Reintegration Center for Drug Addicts featuring a woodwork studio, where I could embark upon both my skills as a furniture maker and my passion as a music teacher while earning a degree as social worker in Lausanne.
In 1998, ready for another change, I moved with my family to the San Francisco Bay Area. And this without knowing a word of English. Soon after I was accepted at the College of Marin Symphony Orchestra as a musician playing the cello. To add a third dimension to my musical teaching style, I decided to studied the Feldenkrais ® Method for four years and opened my own studio in 2003. This method, which focuses on mind and body awareness, helped me successfully integrate a new aspect to my unique approach of teaching music and making it the center of my work.
In 2004, in my continuous quest for pushing my musical boundaries, I started working as a music and movement teacher at the Preschool Ice Cream & Shoe. There I drew a lot of inspiration from the children, which motivated me to compose children songs. This beautiful endeavor triggered me to create music CDs with my original songs sung by children, released in 2009 and 2013 respectively.
From 2008 to 2016, I worked as a music and movement teacher for K – 2 at the Public School Vallecito while in addition both coaching the string orchestra at the Middle School Miller Creek and accompanying the Terra Linda High School Choir.
The piano, the biggest inspiration in my life, has not only taught me to never stop growing musically but also to always keep looking for a new challenge. It led me to my wonderful teacher, Adam Domash, the author of "Piano Search", who I have been taking lessons from on a regular basis since 2009.
Further it encouraged me to embark on my own as a private piano teacher. This step, which I took in 2014, has given me a lot of joy and pride. I thoroughly enjoy working on a one-on-one basis focusing on each student’s skills and potentials while using a holistic and creative approach. Come see for yourself!