Second cycle Academic Diploma (Master level)

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Second cycle Academic Diploma (Master level)

The two-year second cycle academic diploma (specialization courses) in Popular music are customized on the basis of the musical inclinations of each student, for the development of the own artistic personality and aimed at artistic productions both discographic and concert.

Famous artists will be the protagonists of the Ensembles, to perform alongside great musicians, start the profession and add material to the own resume.

All the students will come out with a recording production release of their own artistic projects.

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It is a limited students number course, open to a maximum of 6 students, coming from Saint Louis pre-academic courses or selected through audition.


Fill out the form and you will receive by e-mail the study program and detailed information on application procedures as well as a complete schedule of all deadlines.

Deep stylistic specialization, composition, arrangement and production of original projects in the studios of Saint Louis, Professional Ensembles with famous artists.

  • Pop-rock Drums

    70 hours of one-to-one classes with one or more educators of the student's choice

  • Artistic production

    each student will have at disposal the recording studio to produce the own artistic project, in collaboration with the students of the phonia and electronic music courses

  • Professional Ensemble

    study of contemporary styles and languages, including experimental ones, not strictly linked to tradition. With the company of international artists and guests

  • Composition and Live in studio

    creative labs aimed at the composition, elaboration, arrangement and production of the own original recording project

  • Second instrument

    Study of a second instrument in a multi-instrument perspective, chosen between electric bass, piano, vocals and guitar

  • Study plan personalization

    Personalization of own study path choosing from over 200 different courses from the various departments of St. Louis, a unique opportunity to expand the own skills and build a future as a professional, able to operate in multiple sectors of Music Business.

Two types of ensembles: a permanent ensemble that rehearses all year round and performs at concerts in clubs in Rome with the educator as part of the band and one great orchestral ensemble which concentrates the rehearsals in one or two full-immersion weeks for concerts in Theatres and recordong productions. In previous academic years the students from the second cycle of academic courses performed with Beppe Vessicchio, Tollak, Federico Malaman, Tulli De Piscopo, Antonella Ruggiero, Diodato, Gegè Telesforo, Serena Brancale, Saturnino.

Great orchestral formations with the best talented students who perform in theaters and festivals with internationally renowned artists. In recent years Special Guests such as Beppe Vessicchio, Paolo Fresu, Fabrizio Bosso, Antonella Ruggiero (Matia Bazar), Diodato, Tullio De Piscopo, Chiara Civello had participated.

  • Pop Orchestra conducted by Vincenzo Presta.

    Formation of over 20 elements, rhythmic section, brass section, strings, voices to host the greats of Italian and international Pop.

  • Soul Train Revolution

    Inspired by the homonymous famous American music tv show, Soul Train R-Evolution is a line-up of 20 musicians whose repertoire focuses on 'Black Music' in its widest sense, coexisting the tradition of Soul, Funk, Jazz and African music, with elements of Neo-Soul, Gospel, Hip-Hop, Fusion and electronic music.

  • I Love Pizza by Serena Brancale

    An ensemble that is not based on vocal power or technical and instrumental virtuosity, but on the inventiveness of musicians in creating innovative sounds out of the ordinary thanks to Loop stations, keyboards, Pads, effects and laptops for rhythmic and vocoder for singers.

  • Latin Louis Combo conducted by Natalio Mangalavite

    16-element ensemble, together to perform the jazz repertoire with South American and Caribbean rhythms.

  • Synth Louis

    Experimental ensemble that was born as a tribute to electronic music, synthesizers and more generally electronic musical instruments in all their forms, open to instruments, singers, drummers, electronic musicians.

  • Progressive Rock by Daniele Pomo

    The history of 1970s Progressive Rock, British and Italian and contemporary Progressive: from Genesis to PFM to the last frontiers of Rock and beyond.

  • Twenty Guitars by Diego Cignitti

    Ensemble composed exclusively of electric guitars that rereads the repertoire of the great history of Italian and international Rock. 20 guitars that play, explode, harmonize and dialogue. A wall of sound completely new.

Personalization of own study path choosing from over 200 different courses from the various departments of St. Louis, a unique opportunity to expand the own skills and build a future as a professional, able to operate in multiple sectors of Music Business.

  • Popular Music Department

    Music Management courses, choir writing and arrangement, Black Music, Neo-Soul, Writing and arrangement for pop orchestras, Digital Marketing, Konnakol, Ethnic Music, Creative Writing.

  • Jazz Department

    Jazz improvisation courses, jazz harmony studies, jazz arrangement for rhythm section and 5 horns, arrangement for big band.

  • Composition and Applied Music Department

    Courses in music for images, music for video games, music for films, sonorization of commercials, orchestration, traditional harmony studies, contrapuntal techniques.

  • Electronic Music Department

    Electronic music courses, Live Electronics, Ableton, Reaktor, Max for live

  • Sound Engineering Department

    Microphoneing courses, mixing management, home studio management and Mastering

At the end of the three-year first cycle academic diploma, the student can continue his / her specialization studies in two-year second cycle academic diploma (aut. Miur) in Popular Music, Applied Music, Music Production

Job opportunities and professional outlets:

  • artist and band leader of original projects
  • drummer for live performances and recording sessions
  • arranger for small and medium ensembles
  • music producer .
  • music author for sonorizations and music applied to images

Since 2012 Saint Louis has participated in the Erasmus + program, which offers the possibility to every student of Academic level to live periods of mobility in other European and Extra-European Higher Education Institutes for study or internship projects.

Each student can therefore benefit of a maximum of 12 months of study or internship abroad for each study cycle (12 months max in the three-year first cycle, 12 months max in the two-year second cycle of academic studies), choosing one's destination among a wide and excellent offer of foreign partners that Saint Louis has established and consolidated over time.


    European Jazz Contest, Italian Jazz on the Road, Italian Jazz C.R.E.A”, Minus One – Italian Jazz on the Road to… Tbilisi, Body Sound DiVision

Mostly fortnightly classes concentrated in 3-4 consecutive days. Mandatory attendance to the minimum extent of the 80% of the lessons.


    Classes are mostly held with fortnightly cadence, organized in alternate weeks, with the exception of the instrument / singing lesson which can be organized at the student's choice on a weekly or fortnightly basis. About 300 hours of classes per year.


    Students who, for work or distance reasons, are unable to attend all the lessons provided for in the study plan can personalize their own study plan choosing how many subjects to attend from year to year. Part-time attendance implies a probable extension of the course of study beyond 3 years.

1. Consult the Admission Requirements and Study Plan section
Make sure your self-preparation level is in line with the skills required for individual tests by accessing the section Admission requirements and study plan

2. Realize the video clips for the pre-selection
Record one or more videos containing 5 songs, performed by you in a group (minimum trio), chosen from the list indicated under section "Admissions" within the Study Plan and Admission . Videos must be uploaded on YouTube or other similar websites and indicated as links in the application form.

3. Fill in the application webform and insert the links to the video clips
It is possible to submit an application form for the participation at the admission test to first and second cycle academic courses from the 3rd of February to 30th of April. Subsequent applications will only be considered on the basis of the remaining places available.

4. Wait for pre-selection results
Candidates who pass the pre-selection will be admitted to the admission tests, which will take place in June and September. International candidates can sit the admission tests earlier, from March until June.

5. Sit the admission tests
Admission tests are held in two to three consecutive days.

Second cycle Academic Diploma (Master level)


Ensemble: Vincenzo Presta, Andrea Rosatelli, Daniele Pomo, Serena Brancale, Michele Papadia, Federica Zammarchi.



The participation fees for the courses vary according to the Isee income, not through rigid income brackets, but in a constant manner according to the actual Isee parameter of each student.

  • The ordinary fee applies for ISEE higher than 150,000, the maximum discount applies for incomes lower than 25,000.

  • You can enter your isee income to verify the effective amount of your annual fee, this fee will go anyway always confirmed by the didactic secretariat.

  • The fees below do not take into account any academic or pre-academic subjects that are in debt/not successfully passed/needed to be repeated.