Saint Louis, pending the establishment of assessment procedures and tools consistent with the standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area, has adopted its own System for considering “organizational knowledge” consistent with its strategic directions, systems understood as the set of activities, processes and procedures aimed at promoting and improving the quality of teaching, research, and social impact. Over the course of a decade, with the support of the Evaluation Core, the SL has promoted systematic actions for self-assessment, evaluation and verification of the performance produced and the results achieved.

The Quality Presidium is the body that oversees the conduct of Quality Assurance procedures, in Courses of Study and Departments, based on the guidelines formulated by the Governing Bodies.

The Evaluation Board is the body responsible for reviewing the quality and effectiveness of teaching, research and third mission/social impact activities.

saint louis and its history


Saint Louis College of Music is the first private institution authorized by the Ministry of University and Research to award first- and second-cycle degrees (equivalent to bachelor’s and master’s degrees) in: Jazz / Popular Music / Electronic Music / Sound Technician / Composition and Applied Music / Classical Music (classical guitar).
The educational offerings are among the most extensive in Europe, with more than 360 different courses.

Job placement activities

St. Louis has created internally a’art agency (Saint Louis Music Management), 3 record series independents (Camilla Records, Jazz collection and Urban 49), a artistic production center to support and produce the best emerging talents, with the aim of guiding them through original artistic production in the world of work, promoting their activities with concerts at major Italian festivals and live clubs. Also, a publishing series (Saint Louis DOC) and from 2021, within its Jazz Studies and Research Center, theJazz Archive in Rome and a Bibliomediatheque.

Mission of the Academy

Saint Louis College of music institutional goals.

  1. First and second level academic training
  2. Record and concert art productions with graduating students and job placement alongside international artists
  3. Internationalization of arts education for teachers and students
  4. Dissemination of jazz and popular culture in the area through seminars and meetings open to the public
  5. Development of research activities and digitization of Italian and European cultural heritage
  6. Social responsibility projects in the field of music therapy and cultural integration


The music school in Rome Saint Louis is the first private Institution of Higher Artistic Musical Education in Italy authorized (by Minister’s Decree No. 144 of August 1, 2012 and No. 246 of March 28, 2013) to grant Level I and II academic diplomas, in Jazz, Popular Music, Electronic Music, Direction and Sound Technician, Composition andClassical Music (classical guitar) with the exact same legal value as Conservatory diplomas, therefore equivalent to Level I and II degrees (Decree No. 144 and Decree No. 246).
The accreditation was obtained by Director Maestro Stefano Mastruzzi after a lengthy process of verification by the Ministry of Education and Universities of the expertise, teaching quality and excellent educational offerings found over the years at Saint Louis. In July 2012, Saint Louis joined theAEC – Association Européenne des Conservatoires, an elite network connecting and comparing the best European Conservatoires and Music Institutes.

In 1994 it was recognized by the Department of Culture of the City of Rome as a school of cultural interest; in 2005 it was awarded the Presa d’Atto of the Ministry of Education, University and Research. Since 2005, Saint Louis has had European quality certification Iso 9001-2008 and has been accredited as a vocational training institution with the Lazio Region.


Each year Saint Louis awards numerous scholarships to particularly deserving and talented students to attend, with significant financial benefits, Level I and II academic courses, full regulations here.

Meetings and seminars

Artists from all over the world have contributed over the past 47 years to Saint Louis education with meetings and seminars, including Elvin Jones, Pat Metheny, Enrico Pieranunzi, Kenny Clarke, Dizzy Gillespie, Jack De Johnette, Paul Motian, John Patitucci, Frank Gambale, Maurizio Giammarco, Roberto Gatto, Danilo Rea, Giovanni Tommaso, Enrico Rava, John Taylor, Marcus Miller, Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard, Dave Holland, Kenny Werner, Lee Konitz, Paolo Fresu, Peter Erskine, Jom Hall, Joe Pass, Scott Henderson, Max Roach, Mark Murphy, Carl Anderson, Elliot Zigmund, Darryl Jones, Christian Meyer, Steff Burns, Ricky Portera, Mike Stern, Rosario Giuliani, Robben Ford, Nnenna Freelon, Horacio Hernandez, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Bob Mintzer, Jojo Mayer, Dedè Ceccarelli, Gene Jackson, Jerry Hey, Norma Winstone, Jeff Tain Watts, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Scott Colley, Joey Calderazzo, Phil Markowitz, Peter Bernstein, Nancy King, Mark Turner And numerous others.

Art Agency

Saint Louis is a Production Center, Artistic Management Agency, Record Label for Jazz and Pop-Rock, publisher of the music news free-press Music in, founder of European Jazz Contest, and promotes numerous high-level activities documented within the site. Lastly, Saint Louis houses a study and research center (www.archivionazionaledeljazz.com), directed by Adriano Mazzoletti, for the preservation and digitization of vast sound archives, records, unpublished recordings and interviews, and historical videos, in order to make this immense cultural heritage usable by the public, especially students and young musicians, scholars, enthusiasts, artists and musicologists.


The music school in Rome has four locations in the heart of the city (Rione Monti, between the Colosseum and Via Nazionale), and is equipped with 51 multipurpose classrooms and 5 recording studios for teaching and record productions.
The headquarters of Milan occupies the building The Bodio Center Stylus near the vibrant Bovisa and Isola neighborhoods, a creative Hub within a redevelopment process of the entire surrounding area, a place that networks different but complementary realities in the fields of creativity such as RUFA and SPD Scuola Politecnica di Design.






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The bylaws govern the Saint Louis Music Center, Limited Liability Company. See the full document.



St. Louis is based on the regulations at in accordance with legal regulations, ministerial regulations, for the educational regulations of courses of study, as well as the criteria and procedures for carrying out educational activities, of debt and credit recognition starting from A.Y. 2016-2017, which includes credit recognition for educational and artistic activities (Activities in addition to those expressly provided for in Saint Louis’ academic offerings) and the regulation of educational debts (Approved by resolution of the Academic Council September 2015).
See the Academic Course Regulations
See the Regulations for the Recognition of Credits
See the Thesis and Final Examination Regulations


The Evaluation Board is the body responsible for reviewing the quality and effectiveness of teaching, research and third mission/social impact activities.


Saint Louis periodically publishes calls for public selection for recruitment of higher artistic music education teachers.
See the section.

Loan of instrumentation to students

Saint Louis provides students at each of its locations with the necessary equipment for the conduct of classes, personal study and group rehearsals. Such instrumentation includes: cables, adapters, microphones, headphones, earphones, musical instruments (bass, guitar, double bass), drum sticks, sustain pedals and power supplies for keyboards.

Each item is marked with an NFC code that makes it possible to record the loan made to the student and control the return, which must take place, by the same student, at the end of the activity performed or in any case by the end of the day itself.

N.B. As of March 2020, as a result of the current health emergency situation and with a view to limiting the spread of Covid-19 infection, the instrumentation loan service from the teaching secretary’s office, is suspended.


Saint Louis students and faculty can take advantage, for their research, in-depth study and consultation activities, of a Library with texts for reference or borrowing at the Rome office on Via del boschetto, a Bibliomediatheque consisting of two vast digital archives and the Saint Louis Land Digital Bookstore.

The Bibliomediatheque is a full-fledged library and media library available for free online browsing from classrooms or from personal computers/tablets connected to the network at one of the Saint Louis locations, with Millions of articles from international scientific, music and university journals, published from 1920 to the present day and beyond 630,000 scores in the public domain and historical executions Of music in the public domain.

Loan Instrumentation and Classroom Reservation

Classroom reservation mode for personal study and group rehearsal
It is possible for students enrolled in the current academic year to reserve classrooms for individual study and group rehearsals as follows

Classrooms can be reserved Monday through Friday from 09:00 to 23:00 and Saturdays from 09:00 to 18:30; hours may vary during particular times of the year (e.g., during the summer months and during educational pastures).
Booking a classroom after 8:00 p.m., is only possible 48 hours in advance; therefore, it is not possible, for example, to book a classroom from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for the same evening or the following evening. Reservations are made online, both for self-study and group rehearsals, using the “Classroom Reservations” archive on the Saint Louis website ( link ) or through the dedicated Saint Louis App and Jazzup apps.It is possible to reserve classrooms for up to 2 consecutive hours and for no more than 8 hours per week for pre-academic and academic students and 6 hours per week for custom students. The system accepts reservations up to a maximum of 8 days in a row (e.g., on Mondays it will be possible to reserve classrooms until Monday of the following week), the student, before entering the reserved classroom, will have to go to the secretary’s office to confirm his or her attendance with the badge (starting 15 minutes before and up to 15 minutes after the reserved time). If the student does not use the reserved classroom, arrives more than 15 minutes late, or forgets to swipe his or her badge, he or she will be subject to automatic halving of the reservation time for the next two weeks.Any misuse of the reservation, such as booking in the name of another student, will result in total inability to use the classrooms for 6 months, both for the person who used the classroom and for the student who provided his or her credentials. If the student is accompanied by alumni or external persons, each of them will have to pay €5.00 for each hour of reservation, as per the internal regulations, no food and beverages can be brought into the classrooms; students are asked to leave the classroom in order and with the same equipment found upon entering the classroom.
NB. As a result of the current health emergency situation and with a view to limiting the spread of Covid-19 infection, Management reserves the right to change the regulations and/or introduce additional restrictions (e.g. maximum number of people in the classroom, display of Green Pass, etc.).


(a.13) institutional guidelines, with possible indication of internal structures, bodies and procedures specifically dedicated to the development of the third mission;
b.13) list of conventions and structured collaborations with the productive, economic, political and social world that include common third mission objectives (with links to any documents published on the institutional website);
(c.13) list of current projects, accompanied by a brief presentation indicating the beneficiaries, context of intervention, costs and expected results (with link to document possibly published on the institutional website);

One of the key tasks that the working group dedicated to the Third Mission set itself, in addition, of course, to helping ensure that the stated standards corresponded to the results achieved, was to produce knowledge while having in mind social, innovative and economic purposes. In fact, the institute wanted to manifest an appropriate outward projection by increasing music popularization activities, intensifying contract teaching, and confirming its social commitment. A further opening therefore to a specific context exercised through the enhancement and transfer of knowledge in order to promote opportunities for musical growth from an educational perspective, supported by an ineradicable territorial dimension. Outreach Activities have been realized through the enrichment of editorial and record productions, the organization of events by the Saint Louis Management Agency, the participation of its students in national and international festivals, all promoted by the Institute’s press office.

Continued engagement with third-sector realities with particular attention to initiatives carried out with special users (Manto Social Cooperative); to opportunities for the enhancement of ideas of cultural and entrepreneurial value (Association of Social Promotion Saint Louis Study Center, OLTRE Music Therapy Association); to projects shared with the world of schooling (National Network of Art High Schools – ReNaLiArt).

One of the most prominent projects activated by Saint Louis in A.Y. 2019/20 is the project: PRIhME: Stakeholder Assembly on Power Relations in Higher Music Education https://www.aec-music.eu/projects/current-projects/PRIhME International project coordinated by AEC – Association Europee des Conservatoires and the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. The Project was then funded under KA2 Erasmus+, Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, Strategic Partnerships for higher education

b.13) Social activities in the three-year period 2019/22, include: – support for the MADE IN JAIL cooperative that employs inmates and former inmates for the purpose of social reintegration, from which St. Louis procures T-shirts, backpacks and other gadgets in large quantities. – pilot project of music therapy in collaboration with the association OLTRE, which will allow many children to face therapy at practically zero cost, started in 2018 is always active at the Institution -social integration activities carried out in collaboration with the MANTO Cooperative with the aim of building orientation paths and integration processes in the field of “SOCIAL ACTIVITIES for the integration of people with disabilities”; as well as on additional sectoral issues in order to create initiatives and projects that allow an increasing rooting in the territory. Download the memoranda of understanding.

c.13) – Made in Jail cooperative: the annual budget was about 7,500 euros – music therapy project: the annual budget is 3,000 euros, the beneficiaries are children up to 12 years old under the direction of psychotherapist, with disadvantaged income brackets, covering all or part of the costs of music therapy. – Special Utilities Research Project – annual budget 30,000.00 euros 2 external resources and one part-time internal resource


Saint Louis is now, at the threshold of 40 years, an important reference for teaching in Italy and Europe, attended by 1,800 students each year, where 110 professional teachers find a home and work and stable employment 20 young people between the ages of 24 and 50, a valuable resource for the smooth functioning of the entire institution.

Social responsibility, Saint Louis has always paid special attention to the most disadvantaged situations, contributing in ever different ways to improving the conditions of certain categories of people with difficulties. The social activities to which attention is now directed in the 2020/2022 triennium include:

  • Scholarships, Saint Louis has been providing scholarships for deserving students with financial difficulties since 1999;
  • European project to develop best practices in music teaching to individuals with ASD;
  • Support for disadvantaged students in difficulty through the assignment of a graduate student-mentor who supervises and assists him/her in all classes.
  • Social integration activities carried out in cooperation with MANTO Cooperative with the aim of building orientation paths and integration processes in the field of “SOCIAL ACTIVITIES.”
  • Engagement with the world of schools, collaboration with the National Network of Artistic High Schools – ReNaLiart, for sharing initiatives related to art and music was intensified


Saint Louis has long been in the process of internationalization aimed at spreading music culture and education around the world. The activities it puts in place range from the Erasmus+ program, to hosting international students on campus throughout their education, to organizing special projects in which the Saint Louis community takes part. Of particular note are the outgoing and ongoing mobility calls published by the institution on an ongoing basis.



Given the increase in the number of international students and the consequent demand for support in the search for housing, Saint Louis has expanded its agreements with specialized Agencies, flanking the service already offered by StuRent with that of UniPlaces, which features one of the largest databases of offers in Rome in the sector, and developing an agreement with it that results in a discount on rates reserved for its students.

Information on fees and right to study, all international students, Erasmus or non-Erasmus, European or non-European, are followed ad personam by the international office staff at each and every stage:

  • information and initial orientation to identify the most suitable Course – support in the enrollment phase, with continuous updating of the website for a total computerization of the procedure, and with constant email contact for the resolution of any problems (e.g., obtaining the Visa, filling out the webforms, producing the appropriate qualifications, etc.)
  • Sending specific informational material by email, months before expected arrival, containing all procedures, possibilities, possible critical issues, obtaining necessary documents, and introducing the city of Rome and the Institute: International Student’s Guide, Accommodations in Rome
  • International Orientation Day: a full day dedicated to welcoming international students only (in which they get to know the international office staff, their Buddy, assigned faculty and educational tutors, visit the venues, neighborhood) organized before classes begin for both semesters, concluded with a social dinner and concert

Saint Louis does not have its own ESN office, but invites its incoming and outgoing students to join the network, explaining its benefits and possibilities.

At the request of the individual student (international or non-international), psychological counseling is available to support the student in coping with the beginning of the new course and, in the case of the international student, to help him or her cope with any problems in adjusting to the new socio-cultural context.


Open Days: days of lectures and concerts at all locations with open doors, meetings with Education Coordinators and individual faculty, guided tours of the Locations, and information desks separated by area of activity

  • Orientation Meetings: information days aimed at illustrating the characteristics and functioning of individual Courses, to guide the student in making the most informed choice, where the management and department heads are available to answer any questions from students and parents, and to explain admission, curricula, purposes of the courses and professional outlets
  • Secretarial and information services operating Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.


  • Secretarial and information services operating Mon-Sat 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Repetita Iuvant: starting in January each academic year, free support courses are made available to students with educational difficulties and deficiencies.
  • Concert and extra-curricular activities: by Saint Louis’ in-house production center, which organizes hundreds of Concerts, Reviews in prestigious locations such as the Rome Auditorium, foreign tours, etc. every year.
  • Customized tutoring for students with disabilities or special needs


  • Record and artistic production services of the most talented students, through the SL’s 4 record labels
  • Internships: foreign, organized by Uff Int. (Erasmus, Torno Subito); Italian, depending on the demand of local companies


For any further details in terms of transparent administration procedures can be found in the dedicated section.


The Student Council is a body provided for in the Saint Louis Bylaws, from which we quote an excerpt from Article 29 (d).
See the dedicated page where the minutes can also be downloaded.


The student services charter is a prospectus aimed at a simplified global visualization of all the services offered by Saint Louis, beyond teaching activities.
See the dedicated page.


The active and proactive participation of Saint Louis students is a key element of the effectiveness of Quality Assurance.
The QA System provides, through a restricted area, anonymous survey of opinions on educational offerings.


The bylaws govern the Saint Louis Music Center, Limited Liability Company. See the full document.