Dr. Matilda Giampietro
Dr. Matilda Giampietro has been teaching music at the Washington Montessori School for 32 years. She also teaches World Music in the music education department of Western Connecticut State University. For 22 years she has given the teacher training program in music for the Center for Montessori Teacher Education (CMTENY). Matilda has presented many workshops on music and movement for Montessori schools through out the country, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Arizona, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, for Montessori teacher training programs, Early Childhood conferences and Orff Schulwerk conferences including the national AOSA conference in 2007. In 1996 she was the American music presenter at the International Montessori Conference in Rome, Italy.
She is a soprano performing medieval and renaissance music with The Wykeham Consort. She directed and performed with The Everyman Guild for 10 years. Matilda served on the board of the Connecticut Orff Schulwerk Chapter for 15 years and served on the board of the Connecticut Elementary General Music Conference for 2 years.
In 2009 Matilda earned her doctorate in Sacred Music from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana. Her thesis is the presentation of three ceremonies, Winter Solstice Celebration, Earth Day and the Moving Up Ceremony developed at Washington Montessori School over the last 20 years. These ceremonies include communal singing and dancing, storytelling, banners, bells, drumming and rituals which help build meaning, explore values and ground the whole community through the passage of time. Her thesis also includes her work as director of the Everyman Guild and 10 years of concert programs she researched, developed and presented which illustrate community created by adults making music together.
In 2012 Matilda was invited to join an international team of 5 musician-educators traveling to Village Health Works in Kigutu, Burundi. They went to learn about and document Burundian music, to introduce western music education methods of the United States and Europe and to assist VHW in building a center of musical instruction and performance. Matilda was invited to Burundi to share her knowledge of Montessori music and movement education. This trip took place in February 2013, and again in June 2013. In June of 2013, Matilda joined Nina Stern, recorder soloist and founder of S’Cool Sounds in her work teaching music to students in the FAFU School and The Shining Hope for Girls in Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. In July of 2013 Dr. Giampietro was the Montessori Music and Movement presenter in Guangzhou, China.
She is a sought after clinician and greatly enjoys spending the day teaching songs, singing games, dances and the traditional Montessori Music Materials. Her work involves helping children and adults find, develop and enjoy their musical abilities through singing and dancing together, which builds and sustains the human community.