Dr. Claudia Calì is a musician, piano teacher, and researcher. A native of Italy, Dr. Calì holds a diploma in Piano Performance, and two master's from the University of Perugia and the Catholic University of Milan. She earned a doctorate in Music and Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she is currently involved in a professional development program for teaching artists. She also serves as adjunct professor of Music Education at Queens College and Long Island University, and she has been on the faculty of the Juilliard School, the University of New Haven, Brooklyn College, and Teachers College. Along with an intense performing activity, she devotes time and energies to researching young children and their spontaneous musicality. Her research also brings attention to families and to the influence that music has on parent-child relationships. Such interest is rooted in her experience teaching piano to young children and their parents both in Italy and in the United States. Her research was presented in numerous national and international conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals.