1st Cycle Academic Diploma

The first cycle academic diploma in Electronic Music (compositional address) is an innovative and avant-garde study path for the educational formation of sound engineering and composers of electronic music.

The three-year course in Electronic Music provides specific technical and cultural skills that allow the student to concretely realize artistic ideas with the help of state-of-the-art electronic tools and software applications.

Duration 3 years

Frequency Lessons of 50 minutes/weekly or fortnightly

Where Rome

Language Italian/English

It is a limited students number course, open to a maximum of 26students, coming from Saint Louis pre-academic courses or selected through audition.

Academic formation of electroacoustic music authors and performers, study of Feedback as a model of interaction, generation and synthesis, Neural Synthesis, Pulsers, Plumes, ecosystem composition and machine learning. Analysis of contemporary artists such as Iannis Xenakis, Gottfried Michael Koenig.

  • Programming, sound synthesis, Tape Music, Random music, Field recording, Algorithmic composition
  • Ableton Live, synthesis techniques (Analog, Wavetable, Operator), plugin architectures: VST and Audio Units, Sound design techniques through Virtual Instrument, audio editing on Audacity and Cecilia, FM2 synthesis. Tape Music and Electronic Music, Random Music, Post-production and Mastering
  • Sonorization for films, documentaries, commercials, multimedia.
  • Pop-rock harmony studies and melody construction and harmonization techniques, Bass lines to harmonize, Progressions, Chord loops, Chord oscillations, modalities and postmodalities) polylinear writing elements: the secondary melody in an original composition, writing of simple piano forms (songs, atmospheres, characteristic pieces in various styles)
  • Synthesis techniques by modulation, amplitude modulation (AM), (Ring Modulaton); Anti-aliasing filters, Signal Noise Rate, Dithering, Pulse Code Modulation and delta / sigma coding, Ambient acoustics, Stationary resonances in a parallelepiped environment: Rayleigh equation, Single and multiple Helmholtz resonators, Schroeder diffusers.
  • Complementary piano studies to use it as a working instrument for the composer of electroacoustic music.
  • Original artistic productions in collaboration with national and international bodies and institutions.

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

  • Composers of music electronic andelectroacoustic
  • Music professions connected to sound technologies
  • Music professions associated with multimedia events, art installations, sound systems

Matteo Balani

Elio Rivagli

Roberta Montanari

Michele Braga



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.

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.

  • Special International Projects: 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.

  • FULL-TIME ATTENDANCE: 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.

  • PART-TIME ATTENDANCE : 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 study plan and admission tests:Check that your self-preparation is in line with the skills required for the individual tests by clicking below on Admission tests and study plan.
  2. Fill out the application form: It is possible to submit an application for participation at the admission exam to I and II cycle academic courses from the 3rd of February to the 30th of April. Subsequent applications will only be considered on the basis of the remaining places available.
  3. Wait for the call and take the admission tests: The admission exam to the three-year first cycle of academic courses is divided into several tests, aimed at verifying the candidate’s personal skills and which exactly reflect the contents of the entire pre-academic path of Saint Louis.




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