My didactic concept is based on an idea of lessons in which the teacher's role is to put together the various experiences of the student. Furthermore, the teacher should guide his students towards a both general and specific awareness of music via coordinated analysis of all the elements of a composition-the only way to achieve a true and deep understanding of a musical piece.

In this way, all the distinctions between musicology and instrumentalism, technique and expression, composition and performance cease to exist: the lesson becomes an immersion into the musical piece, which is analyzed both in terms of its inner relationships as well as within the context of its composer's other works, its style and its historical period, until the student reaches a consciousness of the piece which allows him not merely to 'perform' it, but to 'recreate' it.

The objective of this process is to nurture within the student the essential critical and creative skills which will allow him or her to become a mature musician".

Teaching has always been a central focus of Luciano Contini's career, both because it continually increases his awareness of his own technical and musical doing, and because he finds it a pleasantly intense experience well suited to his personality.

This activity, of growing importance over the last few years, has caused Luciano Contini to cut back his concert career to the point where, today, he plays almost exclusively in own projects, mostly in form of concert-lectures.

His recent appointment as associate professor for Historical Musical Practice (beginning March 2005) at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, have marked a decisive point-and a fundamental shift-in his career.
His teaching is divided between two institutions, both in Vienna: the above mentioned Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, MDW (University of Music and Performing Arts, since 1988) and the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien, MUK (Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna, since 1996). At the early music department of the latter, Luciano Contini teaches lute, thoroughbass and chamber music.
At the MDW he lectures on subjects, which are mostly-but not exclusively-related to the renaissance and baroque repertoire; these lectures are addressed to students who neither specialize in early music nor play on original instruments.

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