Andrea Sangiorgio, PhD

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Andrea Sangiorgio 2019andrea.sangiorgio (at)

music educator, music teacher educator, educational researcher

Professor of Elemental Music Education at the University of Music and Theatre, Munich, Germany


2011-16: PhD in education, University of Exeter, UK (qualitative research study on "Collaborative creativity in music education: Children's interactions in group creative music making")
2010-11: Master of Science in Educational Research, University of Exeter, UK
2006: Master's degree in Literature and Philosophy (Ethnomusicology), University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (thesis on "Orff-Schulwerk as Anthropology of Music")
1999: Diploma di pianoforte principale (piano degree), Conservatorio "Rossini", Pesaro
1994-97: Kurzstudium "Musik und Bewegungserziehung", Orff Institute for Music and Dance Education, Mozarteum University, Salzburg, Austria (thesis on group improvisation: "Kontinuum musikalischer Produktion und Interaktion im gruppenimprovisatorischen Kontext")


University of Music and Theatre, Munich, Germany
Since December 2015 he is Professor for Elemental Music Education (EMP Elementare Musikpädagogik) at the University of Music and Theatre, Munich, Germany. 
• Coordination of the EMP bachelor's programme
• Teaching activity: didactics and pedagogy of EMP, elemental music making, teaching practice with children and adults, elemental improvisation and composition, creativity in music education, supervision of Bachelor theses, EMP-approaches for instrumental teachers
• Head of the Institute IV for artistic-pedagogical studies (since 2019)
• Dean of Studies (since 2017)
• Member of the research committee (incl. supervision of 2 doctoral students), member of the committee for the professional development of the HMTM-internal teachers
• Co-organisation of the international conferences "Creative Interactions - Dynamic Processes in Group Music Activities" (May 2019) and “Creative Interactions - Creative learning, creative teaching, and teaching for group creativity in music education” (May 2022
• Co-organisation of the conference Dance education in transition. Present, reality, future, visions (November 2022), an initiative of the Ballet Academy, University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, in cooperation with Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e. V., focusing perspectives on professional dance education at universities in the 21st century.

Collaborations with AEMP Germany (Arbeitskreis Elementare Musikpädagogik comprising EMP-lecturers in German higher education), the association of the music schools of Bavaria (VBSM), and kindergartens and daycare facilities for children in Munich (Referat für Bildung und Sport, Abteilung Kita), among others.


International Orff-Schulwerk Forum Salzburg
• In July 2014 he has become member of the board of the International Orff-Schulwerk Forum Salzburg, an international network of Orff-Schulwerk Associations, Associated Schools and related Institutions worldwide.
• From July 2018 to August 2023 he has been vice-president of the Forum


Music school CDM Centro Didattico Musicale, Rome (1997-2022)

Teaching, organisational and administrative responsibilities
From 1997 to October 2022 he has been co-director of CDM Centro Didattico Musicale, a well-known private music school in Rome.
At CDM, he has been music teacher from 1997 to 2015 (piano, percussion for beginners, adults’ choir, group improvisation with percussion instruments, music literacy). From 1997 to 2010 he has worked as an external expert for elemental music and dance education in various nursery and primary schools in Rome. On behalf of CDM he has been from 2000 to 2010 coordinator for the music projects in schools.

Teacher education courses and seminars at CDM
Since 2002 up to the present day he has been responsible for the teacher education courses of the CDM. Since 2007 he co-directs the one-year course on “Orff-Schulwerk - Elemental Music and Movement Education” for music teachers, which is held in collaboration with the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”.


Experiences in the field of teacher education
Through many courses and workshops throughout Italy, in Germany as well as in many other countries (Austria, Germany, Spain, Finland, France, Russia, Lebanon, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Corea, Czech Republic, China, Taiwan, Switzerland, Iran, Turkey, Australia, Greece, USA, Brazil, The Netherlands, Belgium), he has been very active in the field of teacher education both for general music teachers, instrumental teachers and nursery / primary school teachers, mainly on the subjects:
• Elemental music and movement education (Orff-Schulwerk approach)
• Ensemble music for Orff and percussion instruments
• Group improvisation and musical creativity
• Cognitive aspects of music learning (including Edwin Gordon's Music Learning Theory)

In 2014-15, 2016-17 and 2018-19 he has taught in the Special Course (Advanced Studies in Music and Dance Education "Orff-Schulwerk"), organised by the Orff Institute, University Mozarteum, Salzburg, AUSTRIA


Presentations and Research Papers at Conferences
He has presented papers about his research in several conferences, such as RIME Research in Music Education, EAS European Association of Music in Schools, ISME International Society for Music Education, as well as in universities and higher music education institutions in Europe.



Sangiorgio, A. (Ed.). (2023). Creative interactions. Creative learning, creative teaching, and teaching for group creativity in music education. Open Access Book. University of Music and Theatre Munich. URN:

Sangiorgio, A. (2023). Tradition and creativity combined: Undergraduate students’ use of Western classical music as a source of ideas for collaborative improvisation and composition. In A. Sangiorgio (Ed.), Creative interactions. Creative learning, creative teaching, and teaching for group creativity in music education (pp. 167-183). Open Access Book. University of Music and Theatre Munich. URN:

Sangiorgio, A. (2022). Creative group work as a central pedagogical strategy in the Orff-Schulwerk approach. Orff-Schulwerk International, 1(1), 27-33.

Sangiorgio, A. (2020). Spiel. In M. Dartsch, C. Meyer, & B. Stiller (Eds.), EMP kompakt. Kompendium der Elementaren Musikpädagogik. Teil 1 Lexikon (pp. 530-536). Esslingen, Innsbruck, Bern-Belp: Helbling.

Sangiorgio, A., & Mastnak, W. (Eds.) (2020). Creative interactions. Dynamic processes in group music activities. Munich: University of Music and Performing Arts. Open Access Book. URN:

Sangiorgio, A. (2020). A manifesto for creative interactions in music education. In A. Sangiorgio, & W. Mastnak (Eds.), Creative interactions. Dynamic processes in group music activities (pp. 7-22). Munich: University of Music and Performing Arts.

Sangiorgio, A. (2018). Working with special populations: The potential of the Orff-Schulwerk approach. In B. Haselbach, S. Salmon, M. Grüner, A.M. Kalcher (Eds.), Orff-Schulwerk Heute n.99 (Winter 2018, pp.13-21). Salzburg: International Orff-Schulwerk Forum Salzburg & Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, Department für Musik- und Tanzpädagogik – Orff-Institut.

Sangiorgio, A. (2018). The polarity "cooperative vs collaborative" as a conceptual tool to observe young children's creative interactions in group music making. ÍMPAR - Online journal for artistic research in music. Vol. 2, Nº 1, 2018 Music for and by children, 3-18. DOI:

Sangiorgio, A. (2017). Opportunities and challenges of encounters between Orff-Schulwerk and Modern Arts. In M. Grüner, B. Haselbach, & S. Salmon (Eds.), Orff-Schulwerk Heute n.97 (Winter 2017, pp. 19-22). Salzburg: International Orff-Schulwerk Forum Salzburg & Orff-Institut für Elementare Musik- und Tanzpädagogik.

Sangiorgio, A. (2016). Collaborative creativity in music education: Children's interactions in group creative music making. PhD thesis, Exeter University, UK. Available at

Sangiorgio, A. (2014). Orff-Schulwerk: Relationships between practice and theory. In M. Grüner, B. Haselbach, M. Widmer (Eds.), Orff-Schulwerk Heute nr. 91 (Winter 2014, pp. 12-18). Salzburg: Carl Orff Institut für Elementare Musik- und Tanzpädagogik & Orff-Schulwerk Forum Salzburg.

Sangiorgio, A., & Hennessy, S. (2013). Fostering children’s rhythm skills through creative interactions: An application of the cognitive apprenticeship model to group improvisation. In A. de Vugt, & I. Malmberg (Eds.), European perspectives on music Education 2 – Artistry (pp. 105-118). Innsbruck, Esslingen, Bern: Helbling.

Cohen, M.L., Silber, L., Sangiorgio, A., & Iadeluca, V. (2012). At-risk youth: Music-making as a means to promote positive relationships. In G. Welch & G. McPherson (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of music education (Vol. 2, pp. 185-202). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Sangiorgio, A. (2010). Orff-Schulwerk come antropologia della musica. In G. Piazza (Ed.), L’Orff-Schulwerk in Italia. Storia, esperienze e riflessioni (pp. 142-157). Torino: EDT. 
Auf Englisch: Sangiorgio, A. (2010). Orff-Schulwerk as anthropology of music. In Orff-Schulwerk Egitim ve Danismanlik Merkezi Türkiye (Hrsg.), "Orffinfo" n.16 (pp. 6-21).

Sangiorgio, A. (2010). Thinking Music - Creating Music. An approach to Rhythm and Group Improvisation through Voice, Movement and Percussion instruments, in: Orff-Schulwerk Informationen n.83 (Summer 2010, pp. 56-61). Salzburg: Universität Mozarteum Salzburg and Orff-Schulwerk Forum Salzburg.

Iadeluca, V., & Sangiorgio, A. (2008). Bambini al Centro: Music as a means to promote well-being. Birth and configuration of an experience. International Journal of Community Music, 1 (3), 311-318. DOI:

Sangiorgio, A. (2007). Models of an Orff Approach Integrating Edwin E. Gordon’s Music Learning Theory. In B. Haselbach, M. Grüner, & S. Salmon (Eds.), In Dialogue. Elemental Music and Dance Education in Interdisciplinary Contexts. Documentation Orff-Schulwerk Symposium, Salzburg 2006 (pp. 368-375). Mainz: Schott.

Sangiorgio, A. (2007). Zur Integration einer kognitionspsychologischen Perspektive in die Elementare Musikpädagogik. In I. Malmberg, & C. Wimmer (Eds.), Communicating Diversity: Musik lehren und lernen in Europa. Forum Musikpädagogik – Band 79  (pp. 257-261). Augsburg: Wißner-Verlag.

Sangiorgio, A. (2005/2006). Ideas from contemporary music: Parametrical motifs. In Orff-Schulwerk Informationen n.75 (Winter 2005/06, pp. 51-57), edited by Universität Mozarteum Salzburg and Orff-Schulwerk Forum Salzburg.