Teaching Statement

My passion for teaching stems from a lifelong involvement with music education. From early experiences mentoring younger students on piano and music theory to leading university courses, I've honed my skills in fostering dynamic learning environments.

I believe in the power of one-on-one mentorship, mirroring the dedicated teachers who shaped my own artistic journey. This fuels my commitment to personalized guidance, empowering students to navigate their creative paths with confidence.

My philosophy centers on celebrating individual voices within a collaborative exploration. Accessibility, engagement, and inclusivity are paramount, so I utilize diverse tools and techniques to cater to individual needs and learning styles. Project-based learning and interdisciplinary collaboration further ignite student innovation and cultivate a sense of shared artistic ownership.

Student Testimonials

His passion for teaching and commitment to student growth make him an invaluable asset to the UC San Diego community.

Prof. de Filippo is just overall a great person to learn from. He is very excited to teach the material and seems genuinely passionate about it, which bleeds over to students.

He is incredibly engaged with the material at hand and capable of expressing it in a way that students are able to understand and follow along with.

He is very passionate about the music, even though I personally didn't have much previous experience I felt like it was more interesting to listen to since he cares about what he is teaching.


Teaching Spotlight

  • 2023-present

    As an Associate-Instructor at UCSD, I led generalist music courses encompassing music theory, music history, and specialized topics, with class sizes ranging from 110 to 200 students. My responsibilities included designing comprehensive syllabi, developing and delivering lecture content, overseeing teaching assistants, and ensuring the smooth operation of undergraduate courses.

    A full list of my courses (with videos and syllabi) can be found here

  • New Music/New Communities Mentor, 78th Composers Conference

    In my role as a New Music/New Communities Mentor, I collaborated with the New Music/New Communities Initiative, a project aimed at inspiring and engaging young musicians from underserved communities in the greater New England area. Through partnerships with local music education organizations, we provided students with the tools to become composers and creators in a supportive environment, fostering enduring creative relationships. As part of this initiative, I mentored a young child, guiding them in composing and presenting their debut work for solo percussion, which was premiered at the summer Composers Conference.

  • 2018-present

    As a Teaching Assistant at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), I provided invaluable support in lower-division musical generalist courses, including Australian Pop Music, Punk/Alternative Music, Progressive Rock/Metal, Independent Record Labels, Fundamentals of Music, Discover Jazz, Hip Hop, Introduction to Western Music, and Music of the 20th Century. In this role, I facilitated discussions, conducted grading of assignments and exams, offered constructive feedback to students, and held office hours to enhance their learning experiences. 

  • As a Music Composition Portfolio Examiner for the West Australian School Curriculum & Standards Authority, I evaluated portfolios of secondary music composition students in Year 11 and Year 12 across Western Australia. Responsibilities included assessing compositions, providing feedback, and assigning final grades according to curriculum standards.

  • Music Composition Teacher, St. Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School

    As a Music Composition Teacher at St. Mary's Anglican Girls' School, I conducted one-on-one lessons with students enrolled in 2a/2b and 3a/3b Music, specifically in the composition stream. My role involved designing tailored compositional exercises to develop their skills and guiding them in organizing a portfolio of works suitable for recording for their end-of-year exams. By providing personalized instruction and nurturing their creative abilities, I aimed to empower students to express themselves through music composition.


Below represent courses where I served as an associate-in lecturer at the University of California, San Diego:

This course is rooted in the belief that music is a powerful lens through which we can explore the notions of place, history, spirituality, law, and collective wisdom.

From the heart of Australia's rich cultural tapestry, we delve into the world of folk music and its unique role in shaping the nation. Beginning from time primordial to the present-day, this course offers a chronological exploration of Australian history, with a strong emphasis on key historical events and a deep dive into the music that reflects and responds to these historical narratives.

Drawing inspiration from Aboriginal traditions, settler heritage, and shared experiences, we explore how folk music serves as a storytelling medium that intertwines with the history and politics of the country, weaving through the colorful threads of tradition folk, country, popular, experimental, and classical genres. This music not only sings of the land but also speaks eloquently about it.

Playlist | Syllabus

This course offers an extensive survey of Western music spanning from the Middle Ages to the mid-20th Century, focusing predominantly on notated concert music. Throughout the exploration, we will delve into the musical trends of each historical period, examining the contributions of specific composers and delving into the intersections of political, social, and musical histories. Music will be approached as both a sonic and a social experience, with particular attention given to the contextual factors influencing each composer's work. A significant emphasis will be placed on listening to and engaging in discussions about various musical works, underlining their critical importance in the course.

Playlist | Syllabus

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This beginner-level music theory course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental principles of music theory. Designed for individuals with little to no prior musical experience, the course aims to cultivate a solid foundation in understanding the language of music. Through a combination of theoretical concepts, practical exercises, and interactive discussions, students will develop the skills necessary to read and analyze musical notation, comprehend basic harmony, and grasp essential concepts in reading, writing, playing, and thinking about music.


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