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.

Duration 3 years

Frequency Lessons of 50 minutes/weekly or fortnightly

Where Milano/Roma

Language Italian/English

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 with a teacher of the student’s choice.
  • Ensamble: 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.
  • Contemporary jazz harmony and Ear Training: from the basics to 5-voice spread voicing, with tensions and alterations, drops, altered scales, modal exchanges and melodies harmonization techniques..
  • Rhythm Section: Study of the various styles of Popular Music, rock, swing, reggae, shuffle, blues, Caribbean and South American rhythmic patterns.
  • Complementary Piano: Piano study, from technical basics to practical application of harmony, reading chord signatures and melodies of medium difficulty
  • Music Technology: Approach to music technology, sequencing software, microphonation, sound synthesis.

Once you have successfully completed the last pre-academic level of your main instrument or vocals you automatically access the three-year first cycle academic diploma aut. Ministry of Education, University and Research)

The first cycle academic courses prepare for the professions of:

  • artist and band leader of original projects
  • jazz bassist for live performance and recording session
  • 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:

  • Ordinary Attendance:Weekly attendance, 6 to 10 hours of classes concentrated in 2-4 days every week. It allows a step-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..
  • Teen Music Academy 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.

Gabriele Curciotti

Gianluca Podio

Adriano Melchiorre

Cristina Carlini




Free to attend, included in registration for personalized courses

  • Two-year course in Theory and Solfeggio This course covers all the topics corresponding to the annual Harmony 1 and Ear Training 1 courses in two years. At the end of the two years, therefore, it is possible to take the entrance exam for the pre-academic Jazz or Pop course. The course is structured in 2-hour lessons every fortnight, from January to June.
  • LabXChange. Ensemble music workshops reserved for students who attend personalized courses, directed by students of the three-year academic year and traditional diploma with periodic supervision by the Management or a teacher. Students of personalized courses can participate for free. Access to the laboratories is subject to the hearing and verification of available places.
  • Choir. Saint Louis offers students of personalized courses the opportunity to participate free of charge in one or more choirs: Gospel Choir, Jazz Choir, Pop Choir and other choral groups of various styles. It can only be accessed by audition.
  • Orchestras and Ensemble. Those enrolled in the most talented personalized courses will be able to actively participate in the Saint Louis orchestras. It is accessed by audition.
  • Concerts and rehearsal room. Subscribers to personalized courses can participate and perform in mid-year and end-of-year concerts to be agreed with their teacher and with the didactic secretariat. Free rehearsal room / study room – max 2 hours per day for a maximum of 6 hours per week.


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