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About Us : Company History
Dear Pet lovers,
For over 10 years I served as one of the principal performers for Disney’s award-winning Baby Einstein CDs and DVDs – an educational series designed to enlighten and entertain children of all ages. I’ve always been fascinated by the effects of music on people and was curious to see how classical music (in particular) affects pets – especially those that suffer from anxiety. Many studies have shown that pets respond favorably to classical music under stress-inducing situations and often slip into a very serene and peaceful state of mind after only a few minutes of listening; However, I’ve discovered it is important to use music that maintains a soothing dynamic from start to finish, which is NOT the case with most “off-the-shelf” classical music.
The result of both the research and a very careful selection process (with regard to music) is Music My Pet’s first release, “Classic Cuts” - a CD featuring classical music of some of the greatest composers in music history (Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin and more). “Classic Cuts” is designed to calm pets in a variety of situations (e.g. when a pet’s owner leaves the house, thunder, sirens, loud noises, new surroundings, etc.). All selections on this CD have been re-orchestrated using the sounds, chords and harmonies that soothe common household pets – and their owners!
As a suggestion, play “Classic Cuts” whenever a situation arises that may cause your pet to become stressed. For best results, listen at a relatively low volume and select the “continuous play ” or “random play” button on your CD player - this will effectively repeat the program until you wish to manually stop the music.
As a companion to “Classic Cuts” you may also enjoy our “Holiday Treats” CD during the winter months. “Holiday Treats” celebrates the season with timeless melodies, classically arranged with all of the sounds, chords and harmonies proven to help calm anxious pets (and their owners). So grab a cup of hot cocoa, curl up with your pet and relax to the soothing seasonal melodies you know and love.
About Us : Staff
Executive producer – Tom Nazziola
Marketing/Advertising – Thomas E. Nazziola
Administrative officer – Tim Gallagher
About Us : Creator
(Producer, Composer, Performer)
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music (with high distinction), Tom Nazziola is an active producer, composer and performer. His musical studies beyond Eastman include composition/orchestration at the Juilliard School of Music, film scoring at the Mannes School of Music, and a Master's Degree in composition from Brooklyn College under the direction of Tania Leon. His musical training has led to a deep understanding and love of classical music.
He has received numerous awards including the 2009 Bistro Award for "Outstanding Achievement" in the category of arranging. Tom has been commissioned by the Brooklyn Center for the Performing arts, New Jersey Youth Symphony, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Vocalessence and the American Composer's Forum. He has orchestrated MacDowell's “Woodland Sketches” which was performed by the New York Philharmonic as part of a Garrison Keillor concert and also orchestrate for Broadway Asia International in 2009 and 2010. As a performer, Tom is widely known for his work on Disney's "Baby Einstein” DVDs/CDs. He shared in the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award 2003 for his keyboard work on Disney's “Baby Vivaldi” and “Baby Beethoven” CD. His performances can be heard on over 20 Baby Einstein titles (four of which achieved Gold status).
Nazziola's music has also been performed internationally including Paris, France; New York, NY; Minneapolis, MN; Philadelphia, PA; Hartford, CT; Bethel, NY; North Adams, MA; Croatia; Slovenia and Ireland and also featured on NPR’s “Theme and Variations” Program. He has composed for numerous documentaries, independent films, national/international commercials and TV programs including Dateline NBC, ESPN, CBS News, MTV and BET. Along the lines of film music, He is also the musical director and composer for the BQE Project, a New York City-based chamber ensemble that performs live music to silent and classic films (James Whale’s “Frankenstein” and Josef von Sternberg’s “The Blue Angel” among others). His ensemble, which is quickly gaining national recognition, has performed at such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, World Financial Arts and Events Program (NY, NY), Hampton’s International Film Festival, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts (North Adams, MA) and Celebrate Brooklyn! (Brooklyn, NY).
As a percussionist, Nazziola has performed with the following Jazz luminaries: Michael Brecker, Wynton Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Dave Liebman, Rufus Reid, Bob Brookmeyer, Terrance Blanchard, George Russell, Richie Beirach and Jeff Beal. He has performed on over 50 CDs as a percussionist and/or keyboardist.