Alvaro Saura Moreno

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Alvaro Saura Moreno

Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Music Therapy

Jazz, Classical, World Music, Community Music

Graduate in Music Education, University of Murcia (Spain) Master Degree in Music Therapy, University of Barcelona (Spain)


Alvaro grew up in Murcia, Spain, attending music lessons at the local brass band. He graduated in music education in 2014, and then moved to Barcelona to complete studies in Music Therapy. He has been developing his career as a music therapist since then, working with all kinds of people and ages from children and teenagers to adults and elderly people. He participated as a presenter at the Music Therapy NZ Symposium, celebrated in Hamilton in August 2019. The presentation was centered around his work with elderly people using music and song writing as tools to improve and prevent memory loss.

In parallel, Alvaro has done studies in bass guitar and double bass, mixing classical and jazz education and performing with several groups and orchestras all around the Spanish territory. He moved to Nelson in 2019, and quickly joined local bands within the music scene in town; playing at the Nelson Arts Festival and Nelson Jazz Festival as well as other venues.

¨La Roomba¨ is his solo project, bringing songs from the Spanish repertoire with his personal style. He is also the creator of the podcast ¨Chocolate & Mani¨, which is dedicated to Ibero-American musical traditions and musical avant-garde.

Skills and expertise

As a music therapist, Alvaro’s approach is active and dynamic, aimed at engaging students in interactive learning, particularly using musical games as a method of teaching. Together with the students, Alvaro will use music to create and to express, then analyse the process and the result to achieve a therapeutic improvement.

As a music teacher, Alvaro’s style is based upon identification of student’s needs, motivations and long term visions. It is crucial to understand what the strengths and motivations of the students are and from there nurturing and encouraging them. Music is a language and it doesn’t matter the style or genre, we can learn something from all of them.

Manifesting patience and respect for the learning process, that may vary for each musician, and offering a long term vision with affordable milestones to help manage anxiety and stress will result in a deeper assimilation of the contents. At the same time, the student will enjoy the learning process.