faculty

Please meet our wonderful team of instructors and administrators.

 
Tino D’Agostino, founder and director of Art & Music Italia.

Tino D’Agostino, founder and director of Art & Music Italia.

Tino D’Agostino

founder/director. Trained both in Italy and the US, Tino brings a wealth of knowledge in traditional music as well as modern Jazz and Pop. As instrumental director at Arlington (MA) High School, his ensembles have performed at All-State Conferences and tours of Italy. A noted clinician, he has presented workshops for music educators at Massachussets Music Educators Conferences and at Drum Festival, Montreal, CanadaBass. He has performed with Andrea Bocelli and Ivan Cattaneo in Italy as well as Mike Stern and Wayne Krantz in the US. 

Polly Ford, Art teacher at Art&Music Italia.

Polly Ford, Art teacher at Art&Music Italia.

polly ford

art instructor. An art teacher for grades K through 8 for over ten years, Polly currently teaches at the Ottoson Middle School in Arlington, MA. She holds art and education degrees from Chautauqua Institute of Art, Temple University art program in Rome, Bates College, and University of Texas in Austin.  A working artist, Polly works primarily in oil and acrylics. She has shown her work in Austin, Dallas, Boston and Providence.


Pasquale Tassone, music teacher at Art & Music Italia.

Pasquale Tassone, music teacher at Art & Music Italia.

Pasquale Tassone

music instructor. Mr. Tassone studied at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan. He holds an honors diploma from the Chigiana Academy in Senia, Italy and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University. A founding member of the LUMEN Contemporary Music Ensemble (a group of composers dedicated to the performance of new music in the Boston area), he served as Fine Arts Director in the Arlington (MA) Public Schools until his retirement in 2008.

Laura Lavecchia, music teacher at Art & Music Italia.

Laura Lavecchia, music teacher at Art & Music Italia.

Laura Lavecchia

music instructor. Laura LaVecchia studied Guitar from the Conservatorio G.Verdi di Torino(IT). She graduated with a degree in Instrumental Pedagogy of the guitar from the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana of Lugano (CH). She has been a performer since she was young, playing in different concert reviews in Europe. She focuses her performance on contemporary, jazz and early music.Guitarist, theorbist, and teacher, she currently teaches Guitar at MAT (Movimento Artistico Ticinese), an important theatral, musical, and dance environment in Ticino (Switzerland), and in Guitare Actuelle in Torino (IT), where she focuses on experimental pedagogy of music.

John Snell, music teacher at Art & Music Italia.

John Snell, music teacher at Art & Music Italia.

John Snell

music instructor. Has a Music Education degree from the Crane school, where he studied classical, jazz and pop music. He currently has a studio of 60 students on 10 different instruments at the Rochester Academy of Music & Arts, where he teaches many different styles to a multitude of different learners. He performs in multiple groups around the Rochester area, playing folk, blues, jazz, and popular music.


Davide Testa, music teacher at Art & Music Italia.

Davide Testa, music teacher at Art & Music Italia.

Davide Testa 

music instructor. Davide holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano, Switzerland) with a focus on orchestral studies and contemporary repertoire. A percussionist with the Orchestra of Carlo Felice Theater (Genova) and Kuopion Kaupunginorkesteri (Kuopio, Finland), and a timpanist/percussionist with Orchestra Senzaspine (Bologna) and other orchestras, Davide was a permanent member of the  2016 Orchestra Giovanile Italiana (National Italian Youth Orchestra). As a vocalist, he has performed with SONG Choir Lombardia and Sunlight Gospel Choir. Davide has taught percussion at Civico Liceo Musicale “Malipiero” in Varese, Civica Scuola di Musica in Arcisate, and other music schools.