JAZZ DOUBLE BASS

FOUNDATION COURSE

Intensive preparation course in Jazz Double Bass for admission to first level academic courses.

Individual double bass lessons, jazz ensemble music workshops from trio to combo-orchestra, jazz repertoire for the study of Jazz Harmony, Jazz Ear training and Complementary Piano, Music Technology for computer pre-production of own original projects.

Duration 1 to 3 years

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

Where Rome

Language Italian/English

The pre-academic course has a duration ranging from 1 to 3 years, depending on the student’s entry level and study ability.

Skills are acquired in the following areas:

  • Lezioni individuali di contrabbasso jazz One-to-one jazz double bass classes, with a teacher chosen by the student to acquire technical mastery of the instrument both with the bow and fingers, developing seventh chords, harmonization and major and minor scale modes, construction of bass lines using 4-voice chords, chromatic and diatonic approaches, dim7 chords, aug7, maj7#5, maj6, min6, sus4, min(maj7), the blues, the AABA form, the minor blues and the improvisation using major pentatonic, minor and blues scales.
  • Jazz ensembles from the trio to the quintet up to the big band, directed by professional jazz players, to practice the American, Italian and international jazz repertoire both in the classrooms and live on a stage.
  • Jazz piano study, jazz standards reading with theme and melody, accompanying rhythmic patterns, walking bass.
  • Contemporary jazz harmony from the basics to 5-voice spread voicing, with tensions and alterations, drops, altered scales, modal exchanges and melodies harmonization techniques.
  • Jazz Ear training will lead each student to be able to transcribe melodies, chord progressions and rhythmic patterns from jazz standards, up to and including developing the ability to transcribe a mini-jazz song, without the aid of instruments.
  • The student will acquire full mastery in the professional use of music production state-of the-art softwares in the recording industry state-of-the-art recording industry.

Once you have successfully completed the last pre-academic level of your main instrument or vocals you automatically access the three-year first cycle academic diploma (aut. Ministry of Education, University and Research)

The first cycle academic courses prepare for the professions of:

  • artist and band leader of original projects
  • jazz double bass player for live performance and recording session
  • arranger for small, medium and large ensembles
  • music producer
  • music author for sonorizations and music applied to images

The Pre-academic Courses do not start from scratches, they assume a previous practice on the instrument of two to three years the least.

You can enter the first year or directly into the second or third pre-academic year. It is possible to access the first year of the course or to enter directly the second or third pre-academic year. For each subject the student will be admitted to the most appropriate level based on the admission tests: for instance, it is possible to be admitted to the 3rd level of double bass, the second level of harmony and the first level of ear training, according to the student’s entry knowledge. Each subject will therefore follow its own path at its own level.

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. Jazz double bass rehearsal, performance of one or more pieces/exercises of the student’s choice, in-depth study required by the committee (go to “Admission Info and Study Plan” click on “Download Study Plan”)
  2. Jazz harmony test, see mock test for access to the 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

The pre-academic course includes the choice between 4 different methods of attendance:

  • Ordinary Attendance:Weekly attendance, 6 to 10 hours of classes concentrated in 2-4 days every week. It allows a step-by-step guided learning, with constant verifications of one’s own progress. It requires an average study commitment of 6 hours per day. Some subjects are available both in presence and entirely online.
  • Long-distance attendance: 6 to 8 hours of classes concentrated on Saturdays, one week in presence and one week online, the long-distance pre-academic course represents the ideal choice for students from all over Italy or who do not reside in Rome or nearby. It is also anexcellent solution for working students. The long-distance mode with Saturday classes is scheduled for the pre-academic course only.
  • Teen Music Academy Attendance: Optimized for high school students, with a customized study path that engages 1 or 2 afternoons a week, with the aim of accessing academic courses upon reaching the high school diploma. In cases of particular ability and talent, it is possible to be admitted to the academic courses even before the high school diploma achievement. Some subjects are available both in presence and entirely online.
  • Distance Learning: Carried out entirely online, for students from all over the world.

Andrea Colella

Federica Michisanti

Luca Bulgarelli

Furio Di Castri

Dario Deidda

Andrea Avena

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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 mostly scheduled on a weekly basis, for a total of 350hours per year
  • Online attendance: Classes are held online; a weekly lesson in presence is scheduled in February, as the exams in June.

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