Foundation Course (Pre-academic)

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

Bass, Foundation Course

Individual bass lessons, jazz music labs in different formations: from trios to combos/orchestras; Jazz Harmony studies, Jazz Ear training and Complementary Piano entirely based on the jazz repertoire, Music Technology for the pre-production of original projects.

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Intensive foundation course in Jazz Bass, preparing 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 entry level and study ability.

Skills are acquired in the following areas:

  • Electric bass

    One-to-one electric bass classes con un docente a scelta dell'allievo per acquisire padronanza di accordi di settima, armonizzazione e modi di scale maggiori e minori, costruzione di linee di basso utilizzando accordi a 4 voci, approcci cromatici e diatonici, accordi dim7, aug7, maj7#5, maj6, min6, sus4, min(maj7), la forma blues, la forma AABA, il blues minore e improvvisazione utilizzando scale pentatoniche maggiori, minori e blues.

  • Jazz Ensemble

    Jazz Ensembles , from trio to quintet, conducted by professional jazz players, to practice the American, Italian and international jazz repertoire both in the classrooms and live on a stage.

  • Jazz Harmony

    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 Piano

    Study of jazz piano, jazz standards reading with theme and melody, accompanying rhythmic patterns, walking bass.

  • Jazz Ear Training

    Jazz Ear training will lead each student to be able to transcribe melodies, chord progressions and rhythmic patterns taken from jazz standards, up to develop the ability to transcribe a jazz mini-song, without the aid of any instruments.

  • Music Technology

    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 in the recording industry.

Una volta completato con successo l'ultimo livello pre-accademico del proprio strumento o canto you automatically access the three-year first cycle academic diploma (aut. Ministero dell'Istruzione dell'Università e della Ricerca)

The first cycle academic courses prepare for the professions of:

  • jazz artist and band leader of original projects
  • jazz bassist for live performances and recording sessions
  • 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.

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 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. Electric bass test, performance of one or more pieces / exercises chosen by the student, in-depth analysis requested by the Commission (see "Admission requirements and study plan" below to find out in detail the tests required for bass)
  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:


    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.

  • High-School 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.

Foundation Course (Pre-academic)
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