Foundation Course (Pre-academic)

Established under the Ministerial Decree 382/2018 by the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research

Drums, Foundation course

One-to-one drum classes, music labs working in different formations: from trios to the middle formations that will be taken to perform in the clubs of the Capital, Rhythm section for bass and drums, Pop-rock harmony studies and Ear training, complementary studies of modern piano, Music Technology for the pre-production of the own original projects.

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Intensive foundation course in Drums, preparing the students to the admission to first cycle academic courses. The pre-academic course has a duration ranging from 1 to 3 years, depending on the student's self-preparation level and study ability.

Skills are acquired in the following areas:

  • Drums

    One-to-one pop-rock drum classes with a teacher of the student's choice.

  • Drums

    One-to-one pop-rock drum classes with a teacher of the student's choice.

  • Ensemble

    Formations from trios to quintets directed by professional musicians, to allow students to immerse themselves into the Italian and international pop-rock repertoire in the hall and live.

  • Modern Harmony and Ear Training

    Studies of the pop-rock harmony from tradition to mergers with jazz harmony, ethnic music, neo-soul.

  • Rhythm section

    Study of the different styles of Popular Music, rock, swing, reggae, shuffle, blues, Caribbean and South American rhythmic patterns.

  • Complementary Piano Studies

    Piano studies, from the technical bases to the practical application of harmony, reading of chords and melodies of medium difficulty

  • Music Technology

    Approach to music technology, sequencing software, microphoneation, sound synthesis.

Job opportunities that the three-year first cycle academic courses of Popular Music opens:

  • 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

Foundation pre-academic course includes the choice between different types of attendance:


    Weekly attendance, 6 to 10 hours of classes concentrated in 2-4 days every week. It allows astep-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.

  • Frequenza Teen Music Academy

    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.

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

It is possible to access the first year or directly to the second or third pre-academic year. For each subject you will be placed at the appropriate level based on the admission tests: for example, you can be admitted to the 3rd level of drums classes, the second level of harmony studies and the first level of Ear training, according to your 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. Drums test, performance of one or more pieces/exercises chosen by the student, further information requested by the Commission (go to "Admission requirements and study plan" below to find out in detail the tests required for drums)
  2. Harmony knowledge 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
Foundation Course (Pre-academic)




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.