Second cycle Academic Diploma (Master level)

Authorized by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research

Second cycle Academic Diploma (Master level)

Specialization in Popular Music, song-writing address, for the development of one's artistic personality as an author and as a song-writer, aimed at artistic record and concert productions.

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.

  • Songwriting

    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, choice between Drums, 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.

  • author of lyrics and / or music for others
  • song-writer
  • arranger for small and medium ensembles
  • music producer .
  • Public competitions for music teaching (upon reaching the 24 university or academic credits in anthropo-psycho-pedagogical disciplines and in teaching methodologies and technologies)

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

Mandatory attendance to the minimum extent of the 80% of the lessons.


    Lessons/Lectures every fifteen days held in two consecutive days


    The student will be able to choose which and how many subjects to attend each year, scheduled with fortnightly cadence. The part-time frequency involves an extension of the study path, which will therefore have a duration over two years according to the student's needs.

1. Consult the Admission Requirements and Study Plan section
Check that the self-preparation is in line with the skills required for the individual tests by clicking on Admission tests and study plan below

2. Realize the video clips for the pre-selection
Record one or more videos containing 3 songs, performed by you in a group (minimum trio) that are representative of your artistic activity. For accessing to the two-year second cycle academic courses in song-writing, recordings must refer to original songs written by the candidate text and music or even just music. The files must be uploaded on YouTube or other similar web portals 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 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.