Matteo Luigi Piricò


Title Mo.
Family name Piricò
First name(s) Matteo Luigi
Date of birth 31-07-1976
Nationality Italian
Academic degree Diplomas in Music Composition, Organ and
Choral Conducting;
Master in Philosophy (Spec. in Theology), MU2 in Developmental and Educational Psichology, MAS in Music Therapy.
Current position Teacher and Cantonal Expert in Music Education
Institution Department of Teaching and Learning (DFA) – SUPSI
Department of Education, Culture and Sport – Bellinzona
Mailing address Piazza San Francesco 19, CH-6600 Locarno
Phone number Cell +41 (0)76 544 08 12
Email address

His background includes studies in musical disciplines (Organ, Composition and Choral conducting), in Human Sciences (Philosophy, Thology and Psichopedagogy) and clinical formation (Music Therapy). In 2009 he was nominated Expert in Music Education for the Canton Ticino. His role includes research, testing of school programs and training of music teachers. In 2012 he started a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Benno Boccadoro (Faculty of Arts – Musicology) and Prof. Didier Grandjean (Swiss Center for Affective Sciences) at the University of Geneva. The thesis aims to analyze the links between music and learning in pre-adolescents and adolescents, and especially the effects of music education on cognitive function, socio-emotional competences and motor skills. He is also interested in relationship between musical emotion, cognition and behavioral modification in the school environment. He has conducted several vocal groups, including Schola Cantorum and the Pueri Cantores of Madonna di Tirano, the Coro Alpino di Berbenno and the Coro Misto Poschiavino, with which in 2004 he received the “Golden Crown” at the Festival of Elm (GL). He has worked as a journalist on the cultural pages of newspapers, periodicals and journals. Since 2000 he is organist of the Evangelical Church of Poschiavo and professor accredited by the Swiss Academy of Music and Music Pedagogy.