CLASSIC GUITAR

FOUNDATION COURSE

Pathway aimed at admission to the first level academic course in Classical Guitar.

The course is aimed at access to first-level academic courses in classical guitar through in-depth study of classical and contemporary repertoire and guitar technique, chamber and ensemble music, classical and modern harmony, and music production.

Duration 1 to 2 years

Frequency 6 to 10 hours per week, in ordinary or long-distance mode

Where Rome

Language Italian/English

The pre-academic course lasts from 1 to 2 years, depending on the student’s entry level and study ability.

Skills are acquired in the following areas:

  • Classical guitar:Weekly one-on-one classical guitar lessons, where the repertoire ranges from Renaissance to Baroque music to contemporary times.
  • Classic Guitar Lab: Formations from trio to quintet led by professional teachers to practice classical and modern repertoire in the studio and live.
  • Harmony: Contemporary classical harmony from traditional basics to modern 5-voice spread voicings, with tensions and alterations, drops, altered scales, modal exchanges, and melody harmonization techniques.
  • Ear training: will lead each student to transcribe melodies, chord progressions and rhythmic patterns taken from classical repertoires, to the point of developing the ability to transcribe without the aid of instruments.
  • Music Technology: You gain full mastery in the professional use of state-of-the-art music production software in the recording industry.

Upon successful completion of the last pre-academic level one enters the three-year Level I academic diploma program (auth. Ministry of Education, University and Research)

The first cycle academic courses prepare for the professions of:

  • Classical guitarist and band leader of original projects
  • Classical guitarist for live performance and recording session
  • Arranger for small, medium and large ensembles
  • Music producer

Pre-academic pathways do not start from scratch; they presuppose at least two to three years of prior practice on the instrument, to be verified by audition, through which one enters the first year or directly into the second pre-academic year.

For each subject, one will be placed at the appropriate level based on the admission tests: by way of example only, a student may be admitted to the 2nd level of classical guitar, the 1st level of harmony, and the 2nd level of ear training, based on their knowledge. Each subject will therefore follow its own path according to the level attained.

Admission tests are usually held in June and, for places remaining available, in September. International students can sit the admission tests online from February of the previous year until June the latest.

  1. Classical guitar rehearsal, performance of one or more pieces/exercises of the student’s choice, in-depth examinations required by the committee (go to “Download syllabus” to know in detail the required tests for classical guitar )
  2. Harmony test, see facsimile for access to 2nd and 3rd level
  3. Ear training test see mock test for access to the 2nd and 3rd level
  4. Aptitude test and motivational interview

Maurizio Colonna

Gabriele Curciotti

Claudio Ricci

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INSIGHTS

The pre-academic course offers a choice of four different attendance modes:

  • Ordinary Attendance: Weekly attendance, with classes ranging from 6 to 10 hours, concentrated over 2-4 days each week. This mode allows for guided learning at every step, with continuous monitoring of progress. An average study commitment of 6 hours daily is required. Certain subjects offer both in-person and fully online attendance options.
  • Long-distance Attendance: The pre-academic long-distance course entails 6 to 8 hours of classes concentrated on Saturdays, alternating between in-person and online sessions each week. Ideal for students residing outside of Rome or those with busy schedules, including working professionals. The long-distance mode with Saturday classes is exclusive to the pre-academic course.
  • Teen Music Academy Attendance: Tailored for high school students, this personalized course engages students for 1 or 2 afternoons per week, with the aim of preparing them for academic courses upon high school graduation. Exceptionally talented students may be admitted to academic courses even before graduation. Some subjects offer both in-person and fully online attendance options.
  • DAD Attendance: Fully remote education option, suitable for students worldwide.

INSIGHTS

The pre-academic course offers a choice of four different attendance modes:

  • Ordinary Attendance: Weekly attendance, with classes ranging from 6 to 10 hours, concentrated over 2-4 days each week. This mode allows for guided learning at every step, with continuous monitoring of progress. An average study commitment of 6 hours daily is required. Certain subjects offer both in-person and fully online attendance options.
  • Long-distance Attendance: The pre-academic long-distance course entails 6 to 8 hours of classes concentrated on Saturdays, alternating between in-person and online sessions each week. Ideal for students residing outside of Rome or those with busy schedules, including working professionals. The long-distance mode with Saturday classes is exclusive to the pre-academic course.
  • Teen Music Academy Attendance: Tailored for high school students, this personalized course engages students for 1 or 2 afternoons per week, with the aim of preparing them for academic courses upon high school graduation. Exceptionally talented students may be admitted to academic courses even before graduation. Some subjects offer both in-person and fully online attendance options.
  • DAD Attendance: Fully remote education option, suitable for students worldwide.

INSIGHTS

  • Full-time attendance: Classes are primarily scheduled on a weekly basis, amounting to approximately 350 hours per academic year.
  • Online attendance: Course delivery is conducted entirely online.

LECTURERS

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