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"Where words fail, music speaks."

- Hans Christian Anderson



My name is Shana Pistilli M.M. ed. I am the founder and owner of Rubato School of Music. As a music educator, I believe that all students regardless of physical or intellectual ability, should be offered the opportunity to discover and explore their potential as musicians.


In my experience, the goal of music education is not only to form an appreciation for the music of others, but also to encourage students to shape their own musical identity. I believe that every student can be impacted in some way from music and the arts.


Our Mission

At Rubato, our mission is to cultivate a community of acceptance, inclusion, and individualized music education. We are committed to embracing neurodiversity and ensuring that individuals of all skill levels will be taught in an engaging manner that is accepting of who they are and where their strengths lie. Through our inclusive approach, we welcome every individual to find their voice in the world of music. 


Our Current Services

Private Lessons

One on one instruction that is designed around the student's needs and abilities.

Our inclusive approach helps every student discover their strengths and find their voice.


Professional Development
& Consulting

Owner Shana Pistilli received her bachelor’s in music education from West Chester University with a minor in special education. From there, Shana went on to The Boston Conservatory at Berklee to obtain her master’s in music education with an autism concentration. Shana is available for professional development presentations and training surrounding the topics of inclusion in instrument music, SEL in instrumental music, adapted music notation, and more. Connect with us to learn more.


Performance Opportunies

Along with private lessons, Rubato offers inclusive performance opportunities and a chance to be a part of the music community! Rubato currently holds two shows annually. Along with that, Rubato is often contacted to perform at special events supporting the neurodiverse community!

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Shana is an intelligent, thoughtful music teacher who finds the right balance of accommodating students’ individual learning styles with motivating students to achieve and succeed beyond expectations. Our son was diagnosed with autism at age three. Shana began working with him ensemble performances when he was in high school. He is now a student in college majoring in music. Shana is truly a gifted teacher who can inspire greatness in any student who has a passion for music!


It's hard to put into words the amount of joy my son expresses when he's finished playing a song using Shana's adaptive piano lessons. Shana really knows her stuff and is able to adapt her approach to the child's needs. We take videos and share them with our whole family every lesson! My son feels a real joy for music and nows a way of expressing it!


Each time I have had the great fortune to participate in a presentation led by Shana I leave with not only the tools but the confidence to educate and support all learners in my music room. Shana provides detailed and actionable ideas for lesson plans and projects that are designed to meet all students where they are. The lessons incorporate fun and innovative ways to engage students in the music classroom in ways that are both accessible and musically rigorous. In addition to her presentations, Shana serves as an excellent consultant for private lesson teachers who work with students with special needs. She takes the time to thoughtfully provide feedback, resources and action steps to make lessons successful and fun!

High School Teacher - Lynn Public Schools

"If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music."

- Albert Einstein

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