Incorporating natural talent and hard work with Contemporary Innovative Concepts for Classical Music, Folk / Dixie / Bluegrass / Gospel / Modinha / Lundu / Maxixe, resulting in: Popular & Fingerstyle Folk, Cakewalk Music / Dance, Minstrel, Waltz, Ragtime, Hot Jazz, Early Jazz Swing, Western Swing, Gospel Blues, Trad. Portuguese, Trad. Brazilian, Fusion, and more.

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"Private council of Performers of national scope"*

(*) our Slogan (not an extension of the entity's name)
Motto: Encouraging - Promoting - Advancing in contemporary instrumental music, for both performance and research, to help musicians at the professional level, or simply at the amateur level;
Objectives: stimulating debate among Peers, and, Re-Inventing - Elevating the status of contemporary popular music at the concert level;
Thus, devoted to help musicians Serving people who love the Music all over the world.
Mission: setting the Hallmark of International Standardization for 101 Musical Specialties and 13 Practical Subjects, and continuously raise the highest standards in Contemporary Popular Music, including avangard music, experimentalism and musical abstractionism;
Rationale: instituting Portugal's Scientific Academy for the field of Contemporary Instrumental Music with the 1st interactive conservatory that ever existed, pioneering tutorial methods of music instruction and psychological methods of musical learning, and advancing music performance to the next level (for professional and graduate level education for a Specialization Diploma), and 4 scientific societies for a contemporary popular music joint fellowship - an independent (i.e., without legal personality) umbrella entity, considered of public interest (according to its charter and affiliate organizations), becoming a Lusophone authority for Popular Music Performers (mostly for instrumental music) at a national and international scope, integrating 'The Man-Symphony' (I In VI) & Virtual Light Music and Metropolitan Orchestra, the LIVRE Academy's Unit for Initial & Continuing Education and Graduate level qualification (i.e., for graduate certificates and fellowships) that also delivers non-degree post-secondary, continuing education courses at certificate and graduate levels (the C.I. of the Council) and 4 Scientific Societies for popular music performance and psychology of music learning, that promotes Music for various plectrum string instruments of Lusophone origin and others associated, and their continuous dissemination. There are FOUR Non-Formal Groups (the scientific societies) formed by the ALPMC - CI and administered from the private Council (at the Academy's Secretariat). The C.I. is a trademark of the ALPMC that provides the 1st scientifically approved distance tutorial & accredited professional qualification system in the world with music performance training levels (stages). The entity maintains internationally important e-library and digital archive collections of aproximately 1,750,000 music manuscript editions and audio recordings and a collection of e-books, journals and e-journals, and 99,8% were published by the ALPMC-CI. Our musical aim at C.I. is to incorporate advanced contemporary music performance concepts in folk and popular music, creating many fusions in 101 specialties.

The ALPMC-CI is a Ministry of Culture's recognised entity for contemporary music Performers, of a national and international scope, made up of 5 units or sections (small departments) - the Academy - Interactive Conservatory and 4 practitioner-type societies (each one with an official body/ISSNs).
We do Not receive state funding. Our donors are private. If you can support the organisation please do not hesitate to become an Associate Member or Full Member and send us the suggested small donation, as an amateur musician or professional musician.

Founded 2011 - Established 2019
IGAC Registrations and Amendments of all Works [Our Collections are Licensed intellectual property]
IGAC Registered Artistic Names (the 2 musical projects and the slogan) 
IGAC - Inspeção-Geral das Atividades Culturais, Ministry of Culture (

-Chartered Entity-Publisher for the purposes of training 'Music Performers' under the auspieces of the Ministry of Culture (BNP-ISSN-ISMN, RNOD, APEL-ISBN & IGAC) and externally accredited syllabuses for awarding 3 professional qualifications and the additional qualification of fellowship for popular music performers (foundation, professional, graduate level & fellowship/advanced training)
Our 4 Scientific Societies' Journals - Click here
The ALPMC - CI (private council of Performers) is a Partner Organization of the RNOD - a National Register of the Ministry of Culture - Click here 

Registrations of Authority - BNP Quote ISSN 66/2013 & BNP Quote ISSN 42/2019: M.P.P. 165 V., M.P.P. 137 V. and M.P.P. 138 V. (10 practitioner-type journal editions each year for the 4 Academy societies and its members and fellows)
Approved with the ISSN National Agency & DL Service
BNP - Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Ministry of Culture (

Approved with the ISBN National Agency 
APEL - Associação Portuguesa de Editores e Livreiros (

Photos of the Organization's (ALPMC - CI) Secretariat - for the administrative and consultive functions of its 5 units or small departments, in partnership with various organizations of the Ministry of Culture of Portugal.

THE WEBSITE'S OPENING TUNE - The Fusion High Way #4 by Carlos Viegas (click here to listen) 
Musical genre: Avant-garde

Please consider making a contribution to support the Academy's musical cause. It is a Donation of only 25 euros in the 1st year for becoming a Member and enjoy 7 great benefits, or a Member-Candidate for a Donation of 60 euros which includes accredited training for certified professional qualifications as a Musician (aspiring professional and higher level professional) and Specialist (graduate level).
In the following years the member donation would be just 20 euros to receive 6 advantages. Membership in the ALPMC - CI includes the subscription of 5 Online Practitioner Journals each year (receiving aproximately 1 journal edition every 7 weeks).
You will receive copies of our 3 latest e-Journal Issues and e-CDs, and access to excelent Music Performance and Music Learning Resources, as for example, academic e-books, high-quality sheet music in over 73 Musical Styles & 28 Specialties, and many Subjects, the 'I In VI' ensemble DVDs, 'the interactive man-orchestra DVDs', folk & jazz string sinfonietta, interactive metropolitan orchestra, ensembles (duo, trio or quartet), solo recitals, the youth orchestra for college preparation and other important resources. 
We do hope you feel your donation of membership as a good value for your needs. Please consult the membership page for more details.
There are currently 89 vacancies left for new Members and Member-Candidates.

A ALPMC – CI pretende afirmar-se como "O Conselho privado de Performers de âmbito nacional" (o nosso slogan), de acordo com o seu regulamento interno estatutário (despacho do presidente da direção nº 12/2019 com depósito legal na Biblioteca Nacional) publicado em 2019 num dos seus orgãos oficiais, após o depósito nas Coleções de Música da BNP. A ALPMC-CI é uma entidade que funciona sob a umbrella e reconhecimento de vários organismos dependentes do Ministério da Cultura, sem receber financiamento estatal, sendo o Conselho nacional privado (i.e., a ALPMC - CI) a entidade instituidora e detentora de 5 secções ou unidades (pequenos departamentos) [o CI para a qualificação profissional e diploma de nível de especialização, e 4 sociedades científicas].

O Conselho ALPMC – CI (Secretariado).
Como as próprias denominações implicam trata-se de uma academia científica, uma unidade para formação à distância com cursos acreditados (elegíveis para creditação, i.e., obtenção de créditos académicos) e métodos de tutoria certificados (conservatório interativo), e 4 sociedades científicas que publicam 10 Edições de Revistas por ano das especialidades musicais e da Percussão de Pés, do Carlofone (instrumentos musicais de percussão inventados pelo fundador da ALPMC – CI, Prof. Carlos Viegas) e de 'O Homem-Sinfonia' com a Orquestra Metropolitana Virtual.
A Academia desenvolve métodos e técnicas altamente especializadas no âmbito da performance musical popular contemporânea para cordofones e percussão tradicional e o conservatório interativo promove formações não-certificadas para adolescentes e dirige formação contínua acreditada e formação especializada ao nível superior estruturada em 3 níveis de qualificação profissional ALPMC-CI.

The ALPMC – CI maintains internationally important mini-library collections and e-library archive collections containing more than 1,750,000 titles and editions - this is an historic milestone from a music performance organisation. Our members and member candidates will receive some great advantages.
A lot of hard work has been done by the Board Chairman to achieve this. He is a prolific composer, arranger and academic writer.

The ALPMC – CI Mini-Library, e-Library and Archive Collection of Digital Objects such as eBooks, eMonographs, eJournals, Digital Music Scores, Recordings and Videos/DVDs will become the largest Resource in Contemporary Music Performance in Europe and one of the best for the Music in general. The 1,750,000 editions and titles include music scores with music manuscripts and digital music recordings, integrating the Academy Collections and the 10 International Music Journal Editions published each year. This also includes the Mini-Library of 1,500+ items (our 1st library!) such as books, e-books, journals, e-journals and practitioner-type scientific articles in music and other fields, and some musical and video recordings, published by the Academy and other publishers and entities.

Academic publishing includes 10 journal editions, music scores and recordings, each year.

An educational Roots Revival with Contemporary concepts
Popularizing any traditional musical style (hundreds of styles are available) from all countries of the European Continent and from the Portuguese, Spanish and English Speaking Countries (pieces and songs already in the public domain), adapted to our 73 musical specialties and 13 practical subjects, using standardized sheet music with common musical forms and structures, reproduced for the Int. Conservatory Collections.
The homogenized pop has had its fans in most countries in the world, but many of these nations have created their own indigenous pop out of their folk music.

The Academy's Secretariat holds instruments of professional quality for producing video-presentations and tutorials. The e-Library, Archive Collection and Mini-Library, located in the Secretariat, holds more than 1,750,000 titles including books, e-books, music manuscripts, journals, e-journals, audio and video recordings and academic articles – from whose 99,8% are the Academy’s own editions and titles.

We publish 10 practitioner-scientific journal editions each year for our Members and Fellows of the 5 sections - these are the "Royal" Free Academy of PMC (scientific academy), Interactive Conservatory (an independent authority for training and educating amateur and professional musicians of contemporary popular music) and 4 Practitioner Societies; and for the National Library of Portugal.

101 CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PERFORMANCE SPECIALTIES & 13 PRACTICAL SUBJECTS AVAILABLE FOR TRAINING - you may choose a different specialty for the 3 accredited qualification levels
NOTE: Our Interactive Conservatory's (CI) Initial and Continuing Professional & Graduate Education Programme was developed by Prof. Carlos Viegas at an Organic Unit Centre of an Higher Education Institution in Portugal, and the Academy-CI is a RNOD validated Organization (not-for-profit) under the Ministry of Culture.

--Certificate and Diploma Assessments in Popular Music for Full Members-Candidates--
This Academy DOES NOT direct any Undergraduate degree programme, but our programme was accredited to gain UCs (continuing education credits) and member-candidates that complete it may take benefit from the Academy's official recognition they receive.
***Full members that hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent and complete the ALPMC level 3 with high marks may earn a Specialization degree in popular music with the ALPMC-C.I., and teachers can also gain UCs***
There is no requirement for previous academic education - any amateur or professional musician can train and apply for an Academy qualification. Upon completion of each level, an e-Certificate (signed and colour printable) will be issued.

In Portuguese
Níveis da 'Formação de Nível Inicial e Formação Contínua Acreditada' (formação reconhecida adquirida após a saída do sistema de ensino, ou obtida após a frequência do ensino secundário) que resultam nas qualificações profissionais da ALPMC-C.I., e sua compatibilidade (equiparação profissional) com níveis habilitacionais do Quadro Nacional de Qualificações (5 e 7)
O 1º nível da ALPMC (etapa 1 do CI – 1004 horas: instrumentos I, II, III (120 horas), teoria I, II e III (84 horas), e 1 projeto para avaliação/teste final (800 horas de projeto em substituição a um estágio curricular) – cada nível/etapa adere aos planos de formação certificados em formação musical e guitarra pelo Centro ES-CEFOC, no Porto)) corresponde ao nível 4/5 de formação do QNQ por ser de âmbito mais especializado comparando com o nível 4 de um curso profissional, e porque os formandos do CI têm uma maior autonomia através da formação contínua ("...formação obtida após a saída do sistema de ensino...", Glossário da DGERT, 2019) no regime de tutoria à distância, ao contrário dos alunos do ensino secundário com dupla certificação (nível 3 escolar e nível 4 de qualificação profissional).
O nível 2 da ALPMC (etapa 2 do CI – 1004 horas) é a continuação do nível 5 de formação certificada da etapa 1 do CI e tem equiparação profissional (unidades de crédito automáticas referentes à carga curricular) e não académica pela razão de não conferir os créditos ECTS, ao nível de um curso técnico superior profissional de música (nível 5 do QNQ e ISCED), após a sua conclusão (i.e., das etapas 1 e 2 do CI) e participação em estágio profissional.
Confere-se um e-Certificate de Formação Inicial com 1004 horas na conclusão da etapa 1, e o Certificado de Formação Contínua (qualificação profissional com o sufixo internacional CertALPMC-CI) também com a carga horária de 1004 horas. Os dois certificados completam as 2008 horas totais de formação curricular (i.e., teoria I, II e III, instrumentos I, II, III, e testes finais de projeto). Adicionalmente, o membro titular candidato poderá participar num estágio profissional de músico de serviço com a duração mínima de 6 meses, para obtenção da Certificação Profissional de Performer "pós-nível" 5 pelo Conselho nacional privado ALPMC-CI e acesso ao curso de Especialização em Popular Music (nível de pós-graduação).

***O programa recebeu acreditação por parte de unidade orgânica de ensino superior. As unidades orgânicas e faculdades de IES podem, de acordo com a lei, aprovar para os seus próprios formandos e também para outras instituições formadoras, cursos não conferentes de grau para fins profissionais e/ou académicos. A regulamentação própria que vincula ao programa da Academia é o DL 22/2014 (tanto para docentes como não-docentes). Sendo a ALPMC - CI uma entidade validada e articulada com o Ministério da Cultura para representar 'Performers' da Música em Portugal e na Lusofonia em geral, os candidatos que possuam o CertALPMC-CI poderão beneficiar desta qualificação em Popular Music para exercerem a atividade de Técnico Superior acima do nível 5 QNQ nos diferentes contextos laborais da área vocacional da música.
O Certificado de Formação Inicial e Contínua em Popular Music ('CertALPMC-CI') também será emitido aos candidatos que não possuem o curso de técnico superior profissional ou equivalente, na área da música, mas neste caso em concreto este certificado não se pode considerar como qualificação profissional para exercer a atividade ou ocupação de técnico ou técnico superior em performance de música contemporânea por falta dos 2 anos de faculdade.

The Academy's Levels II and III are good for solo and session musicians, orchestral musicians for popular music and jazz styles and private instrumental music tutors.
The Academy programmes (training levels) have continuing assessment (course modules) and final assessment (written project), in accordance to our externally accredited syllabuses.

 Skills of Sight-Reading (traditional music notation) and Chart-Reading (chord symbols and rhythm playing in improvisation sections) are obligatory at all levels of training, and the academy's musical reading techniques are the best around the world.

Subjects offered for Professional certification training of member-candidates:
Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Electric/Jazz Guitar, Braguesa Viola (10-string guitar), Cavaquinho, Ukulele, Rajão from Madeira (5-string guitar - 'Mother' of Ukulele; adopted from the Viola Requintada of the 19th century), Music Theory, Sacred Music Theory, Sacred/Baroque Music Performance, Traditional Percussion, Foot Drumming, Popular Composition & Arranging, Carlophone (AVAILABLE SOON), and Music Research. 

SYLLABUSES are produced in English, Spanish and Portuguese, depending on your language. Please visit the page 'SYLLABI' to download a copy.

  Distance trainees should be able to demonstrate a practical application of the syllabus items/units in each certification level.

Afinações para outros cordofones, aproximadas à viola clássica e guitarra de jazz ou eléctrica, para se usarem como 1º instrumento no programa de formação
A afinação do rajão da ilha da Madeira é similar à da guitarra (i.e., sem a corda Mi aguda). No caso da braguesa ‘requinta’* usa-se também uma afinação similar à guitarra (sem a corda Mi grave)
(*) A viola braguesa fabrica-se em dois tamanhos: um maior, para tocar em conjuntos com outros instrumentos, principalmente com o cavaquinho - e outro mais pequeno, a braguesa “requinta”, tocada a solo ou acompanhando o canto.
Na ALPMC usam-se dois nomes distintos para estes 2 instrumentos pela razão de que no rajão subimos ½ tom à 2ª corda (BGDAE) e na braguesa desce-se 1 tom à segunda corda e sobe-se ½ tom à 3ª (EBGDA), para se aproximarem mais da afinação da guitarra, e serem usados para opções de 1º instrumento na Academia (chord melodies com harmonia avançada). O encordoamento será o mesmo tanto para a sua afinação original como para a afinação alternativa aqui proposta. Os nomes que distinguem estas especificidades são: ‘ranjolim’ para o rajão e ‘braguesa contemporânea’ para a braguesa.
Nota: tocar cada nota sempre a encostar o dedo ao trasto para facilitar a obtenção das notas. Em relação às técnicas a braguesa e o rajão usam o ‘rasgado’. Pode-se também usar a palheta.

Afinações tradicionais para as opcionais de 2º e 3º instrumento – só para acompanhamentos básicos com acordes maiores e menores, e diminutos.
No caso do rajão, ukulele, braguinha, cavaquinho e braguesa usam-se as afinações BF#DAE (ou AECGD 1 tom abaixo), DBGD, DBGG e EC#F#DA (ou AF#BGD numa quarta acima)
No cavaquinho usam-se variações de intervalos na 1ª corda de cada acorde
Nota: com a digitação do diminuto obtém-se um acorde de 7ª dominante andando com a tónica do diminuto ½ tom para trás, obtendo a tónica do acorde de 7ª que se pretende.
Pode-se fazer um improviso simples, usando as notas do acorde e o ouvido.


"Este conselho privado de Performers intergra 2 importantes projetos musicais (com interesse cultural e científico) representado pelo próprio fundador (i.e., entidade em nome individual), prioritariamente a nível nacional, europeu e lusófono, para performers de música contemporânea, independentemente da música instrumental contemporânea em causa ser de tradição clássica ou popular e jazz. Ambas as vias da música, erudita e popular, estão unificadas numa só MÚSICA, existindo uma ‘ponte’ importante a explorar entre as duas vias em conceitos com os quais nos revemos e que nos unem, e ao mesmo tempo respeitando mutuamente as regras e diferenças de ambas. Além da música contemporânea popular e avangard, também se valoriza o experimentalismo e abstracionismo musical." (Carlos Viegas)

Carlos Alberto Viegas (pseudónimo: Al Grace) Descobriua ‘Escala de 9 Notas’ (ou 'A Escala Rainha’), e acabou por incorporar a Música Popular e o Jazz na Música Clássica Contemporânea através de vários métodos já confirmados desde o período barroco (Bach) ao romântico (Schubert). Trata-se de uma Nonatónica única, porque a mesma junta as escalas pentatónicas, escalas de blues e modos da escala maior e escala de Bebop, com os modos das escalas menores harmónica e melódica, combinando tudo numa só escala!

A expressão 'Livre' no nome da Academia (ALPMC) e nas Coleções académicas (FLPMC) baseia-se nas academias livres de direito, medicina, arquitetura, artes, engenharia, etc, que começaram a aparecer no século XIX (a maioria delas estatais) em Portugal, Brasil, Estados Unidos e noutros países. A diferença é que o CI não é uma instituição de ensino superior de graduação, mas sim de Qualificação profissional (certificados e estágio de Performer) e de Diplomas de nível especialização (unidades acreditadas) e Fellowship, num regime tutorial interativo a distância (sistema científicamente testado e comprovado).

        Academia Livre de Performers de Música Contemporânea - Conservatório Interativo, property of Prof. Dr. Carlos Viegas, with the slogan "Private council of Performers of national scope" (if translated to English) - is a RNOD (MC) validated Organization in Portugal with a national and european scope dedicated and devoted to the advancement and research of Portuguese, Brazilian, Cakewalk and Traditional Jazz music, and many Fusions and musical specialties, including avangard music, experimentalism and musical abstractionism. It is a goverment protected organization, registered under Academia Livre de PMC - Conservatório Interativo@™ (names for the 2 artistic projects) with the General-Inspection of Cultural Activities (IGAC registered artistic names) of the Ministry of Culture, and it was founded in April 2011 and established with its statutory regulations (for constitution) published on December 2019 (with Legal Deposit (DL)) by Professor Carlos Viegas (PostDoc), for Performers of contemporary instrumental music, based in Portugal, Europe and Brazil, and all the other Portuguese speaking countries in the world. ALPMC - CI Organization maintains its own editions of hundreds of thousands of Digital Objects for Training and public Performances, and the C.I. is the Academy's unit for Professional and Graduate studies. It is Portugal's scientific Academy to educate and train Musicians under the world's 1st Interactive Conservatory (i.e., the LIVRE Academy's unit for tutorial distance learning at professional certificate and graduate certificate level: the initial, continuing and specialized/graduate training stages - formação profissional inicial, contínua e especializada/pós-graduada) and 4 scientific societies (4 sociedades científicas), to advance the field of contemporary music performance through research and stimulating debate among peers, in the classical music, popular music & jazz areas of performance (practitioner journal societies dedicated to instrumental music) (an independent organisation: i.e. without legal personality)) - Chartered (considered of cultural and scientific interest) Entity-Publisher for the purposes of training and certifying 'Music Performers' (both amateurs and professionals), under the auspieces of the Ministry of Culture (BNP-ISSN-ISMN, RNOD, APEL-ISBN & IGAC).
It is committed as a Lusophone authority based in Portugal for Popular Music Performers (both amateurs and professionals), integrating the musicians' association for Membership (Member or Member-Candidate), interactive orchestras and ensembles, and 4 practitioner societies for Fellows and Honorary Members (practitioner journal societies with fellowship training for Advanced Training), and operates the 1st interactive conservatoire that ever existed in the world, pioneering tutorial methods of music instruction and psychological methods of musical learning, and advancing the music performance to the next level (for professional and graduate level training), as well as 4 practitioner music societies for a contemporary popular music joint fellowship (non stipend). We offer accredited training in popular music within a professional qualification system, providing membership, music education resources for the youth within the Interactive Youth Orchestra of the musician's association (our conservatory preparation at grades 1-7 levels in music performance), accredited Professional and Continuing Education for professional awards in Popular Music/Jazz; with unaccompanied solo pieces at grade 8 level and beyond with improvisation charts in 73 different musical styles and 28 specialties, for solo performance with the most advanced improvisation and technical skills required for each song, chosen from repertoire lists. The Academy does NOT provide any undergraduate degree programme in music (or part of it) delivered by its distance tutorial methods and system, in collaboration with a university or polytechnic. Our entity provides a 3-stage initial professional and continuing education programme (accredited units) for the Initial Professional Qualification (only awarded to non-higher education diploma and non-degree holders) and Specialization Diploma in Popular Music (Diploma de Especialização em Música Popular) to Full Member-Candidates, without charging the Fees of an Higher Education Institution. The academy does Not receive state funding and does Not charge course fees nor assessment fees (external exam board fees). The 4 Academy Scientific Societies deliver Fellowships in Research Performance or Music Education (Estágios para Especialista em Investigação de Performance ou Educação Musical) (non bursary/non stipend) to CertALPMC-CI (Initial and Continuing Education Course - QNQ Level 5 in Portugal) or DipALPMC-CI (Postgraduate Certificate Course as the curricular part (which also includes the ALPMC assessment tests and not only the syllabus units, in order to attain the required educational level) of the Diploma qualification)) holders - it is called the 'Fellowship Support' (advanced training/research). The aim of the Interactive Conservatory is the training and assessment of the knowledge and abilities of accompanists and solo instrumentalists.
In addition to popular and avangard contemporary music, experimentalism and musical abstractionism are also valued at the "Royal" Free Academy.
Our Popular Music Programme's Curricular Portions (which must include the ALPMC Assessment Tests described on the official Syllabus to attain each educational standard/level - as the course units are only for preparation purposes or introduction to each level) were developed by Professor Carlos Viegas at an Organic Unit Centre of an Higher Education Institution in Portugal, for non-degree Initial and Continuing Education in 3 levels/stages. 3 recognised professional qualifications of 'Performer' may be awarded by the ALPMC-CI - a Ministry of Culture's chartered entity. The Academy is Not an higher education unit. According to 'capítulo III' of 'Código Civil - Associações sem personalidade jurídica e comissões especiais'. The ALPMC - CI was established according to art. 195 of this legislation.
The 'royal' prefix in the academy's website is used solely to denote our tribute to the history of the Portuguese Monarchy. It is not an official royal title.

The "Royal" Free Academy was formed to promote and explore the field of contemporary popular music performance in a Cycle of Musical Specialties for Jazz/Electric Guitar, Classic Guitar, Acoustic Guitar/Fado Viola, Cavaquinho (Braguinha of Madeira), Ukulele, Braguesa Viola (10-string guitar) or another Portuguese viola, Rajão of Madeira, Applied Music Theory, Traditional Percussion, Foot Drums and Carlophone (Available Soon), from Folk Music to pre-30s Jazz, with members in Portugal and abroad. There are hundreds of Assessment Tests available (a total of 10 practical subjects in popular music performance and 10 practical subjects in sacred/baroque music performance, and applied music theory and sacred/classical music literacy/theory - in 4 stages including the additional fellowship certification). It is approved with BNP Authority, BNP Depositing Entity Status, registered with APEL, and holding IGAC Licensings - public bodies under the tutelage of the Ministry of Culture in Portugal. The C.I. provides the 1st officially approved distance tutorial and professional qualification system in the world with accredited music performance training levels (stages). The entity maintains internationally important e-library and digital archive collections of aproximately 1,750,000 music manuscript editions and audio recordings, and a mini library collection of over 1,500 books, e-books, journals and e-journals, from whose 99,8% are published by the ALPMC-CI. Our musical aim at C.I. is to incorporate advanced contemporary music performance concepts in folk and popular music, creating many fusions in 101 musical specialties.
The ALPMC-CI is a nationally chartered scientific academy that offers a rigorous vis-à-vis distance learning system (i.e., with face-to-face assessments) with psychology of learning evaluations for academic accredited professional certification for both amateur and professional musicians and/or private instrumental tutors. This entity (organization) is specially addressed to citizens of Portuguese speaking countries, but also accepts other people for membership and/or an educational programme. 

The Level 1 Certificate can be awarded after passing 2 Performance Continuing Assessments at ALPMC-CI Stage 1, for 1st and 2nd instruments, corresponding to 6 songs with improvisation skills/charts. This Training is available for both amateur and aspiring professional musicians, requiring the completion of the Academy's intermediate I (Certificate level - conservatory grade 8 level curriculum and post-grade 8 level training) in Popular Music Performance, with the CertALPMC-CI or DipALPMC-CI continuing education qualifications - a Certificate of Performer in Popular Music awarded with 250 hours (requiring the Initial Professional Qualification with 250 hours as the pre-requisite) or the Postgraduate Certificate in Popular Music (completion of 2nd cycle Specialization for Master's course portion) awarded with 500 hours of continuing education (3 stages) for vocational degree or degree (ordinary or honours) holders, recognising musical talent and improvement (in classical music - bach, folk, pop/rock, pre-30s traditional popular music, hot jazz and 30s swing), by obtaining the level 1 certification at the end of stage 1. There are another 2 Performance Continuing Assessments at ALPMC-CI Stage 2, for 1st and 2nd instruments. The ultimate professional qualification for musicians is the C.I. Stage 3. The Board Chairman can provide documented proof to enrolled students that the programme curriculum received recognition with Continuing Assessments & Learning Psychology Assessments. The professional designation in Portuguese would be DipALPMC-CI for 'Diploma de Especialização em Música Popular' [accredited units in Popular Music - Music Education and Guitar, developed by Professor Carlos Viegas at a Continuing Education Centre of an HE Institution accredited by the A3ES in Portugal: evidence of our module accreditations is available only to full members]. O Curso de Especialização em Popular Music está elegível à solicitação da creditação (i.e., conversão em créditos) pelo CCPFC (Conselho Científico-Pedagógico da Formação Contínua de professores, Minho) a título individual no caso dos docentes, para um grau de especialização (formação ao nível do 2º ciclo), sendo necessário neste caso a licenciatura ou no mínimo o grau de bacharel na área da música ou educação musical e 5 anos de serviço docente. Pessoal não-docente não necessita desta creditação. O CertALPMC-CI (Certificado de Formação Inicial e Contínua) será emitido após a conclusão da etapa 2 do programa (nível 2 ALPMC-CI).

        Professor Carlos has pioneered the Distance Learning Methodology for Music Performance with a proven pilot-project of Interactive Tutorial & Video System (assyncronous) which includes continuing assessment by DVD, tutoring evaluations and music learning Psychology assessments; and has also pioneered many contemporary music concepts for various plucked-string instruments, including the 'I Inn IV' and the 'Man-Symphony' Ensembles.
        ALPMC-CI is serving internationally using the Motto of Encouraging - Promoting - Advancing. The Rationale is 'Devoted to Setting a Standard in the Performance of Folk Music and Jazz within the pre-30s repertoire, for 9 Portuguese Chordophones'. This is developed and provided in 73 musical styles & specialties and 13 practical music subjects. We re-arrange a lot of popular music and jazz pieces (not for sale - solely for membership purposes) with full structure/form and charts/improvisation sections, from songs that have been passed on to the public domain. Our editions and titles include the Scientific Journal for Practitioners of 'Research in Contemporary Music Performance', Music Education and Performance Books, e-Books, Articles and Compositions (FLPMC Collections), Journals and e-Journals, and the Hot Clube Lusófono Collection (part of the FLPMC Collections) for Pre-College Learning with thousands of Music Manuscripts, eCDs/eDVDs and the Interactive Youth Orchestra for Plucked-String Instruments of Portugal & the Ukulele, Stride Guitar (Piano style) with Foot Percussion, and also for Interactive Ensembles and Folk to Jazz String Orchestras of Popular Folk, Fingerstyle Folk, Cakewalk Music (stride playing=linear playing like a stride piano), Cakewalk Dance, Minstrel, Waltz, Ragtime, Hot Jazz, Early Jazz Swing, Western Swing, Gospel Blues, Traditional Portuguese Music & Trad. Brazilian Music (Fado, Lundum, Modinha, Maxixe, etc.), Habanera, Pop/Rock, Bebop, Sacred Jazz, and Fusion, with Music of the Pre-30's, post-30's Swing, Pop Music, Unison Voice ('scat' improvisation), Syncopated Stride Guitar with Foot Drums, 'I In VI' Ensemble & the 'Man-Symphony' (a metropolitan virtual orchestra) prepared by Carlos Viegas. We incorporate jazz & blues and produce many fusions from around the world (i.e., Contemporary Music Performance concepts) in Classical Folk, Dixie, Bluegrass, Gospel, Cakewalk and Portuguese and Brazilian Folk or Popular Music, resulting in distinct musical styles/areas. The Academy functions from a Secretariat prepared in a private home, based in a small Portuguese city of the Aveiro District. The ALPMC-CI work is directed by Professor Carlos Viegas. As the entity's founder he has adopted Plato for Patron of Music Education and John Philip de Sousa for Patron of March and Cakewalk Music. Carlos has gained a Monarchic Affiliation on May of 2014 for the Academy in the World Daman's Day where he worked as a solo and group musician. The Portuguese Monarchy TV's CEO participated in the event with an important speech and letter, and became our Honorary Benefactor. The prefix "royal" published at this website and the specialty colleges journals is solely in the honor of the History of the Portuguese Monarchy. The Academy’s Mini-Library has reached dozens of thousands of holdings for specialist and general literatures and manuscripts, and it's housed at the Secretariat

The ALPMC-CI Council (i.e., the LIVRE Academy's Secretariat) hold instruments of high professional quality for producing video-presentations. Our Founder and Board Chairman, Professor Carlos Viegas, is working hard for the Library, e-Library, Digital Archive and Mini-Library, located in the Secretariat and deposited and archived in the National Library, to reach a Total of Aprox. 1,750,000 (in electronic format and a few in physical format) editions and items including: books, e-books, manuscripts, monographs, e-monographs, journals, e-journals, audio and video recordings, items for learning and musical practice, midi items and academic articles – from whose 99,8% are the Academy’s own editions and titles.
There are nearly 60,000 Editions and Items 'Instantly Available', and the other 1,690,000 are 'In Press'.
The ALPMC-CI is a private council (the Academy Secretariat) for the field of contemporary music performance that formed and administrates 5 distinct official bodies, for non-profit Research, Musical Training, Publishing and Performing.
We publish 10 practitioner-scientific journal editions each year for our Members and Fellows of the Interative Conservatory and the 4 Practitioner Societies, and for the National Library of Portugal.

A brief history:
The Free Academy of PMC - Interactive Conservatory (translated to English) is Portugal's Scientific Academy for Music Performers, which is proud to be the 1st interactive conservatory in the world designed specifically for instrumental/practical distance music certificate and postgraduate assessments at the vocational and professional higher level - a private body that was founded in 2011 by Professor Carlos Viegas (Contemporary Concert Musician, Composer of Music and Metropolitan Orchestral Arranger, and Music Professor). Became incorporated in 2013 directly within the National Library of Portugal Collection for Music (Journals and Collections) and validated in 2019 as a RNOD Partner, Ministry of Culture. We have IGAC registrations of the artistic entity name as ACADEMIA LIVRE DE PMC - CONSERVATÓRIO INTERATIVO@™, and the IGAC registrations of all literary, artistic and scientific works. Thus, the entity became well established in 101 musical specialties and 13 practical subjects. It is the private council of national scope for Performers, through the creation of a scientific academy with the 1st interactive conservatory and 4 scientific societies. Each Practitioner Society consists of an official body registered with the ISSN National Centre in Portugal for the periodical publications (practitioner journals), and the interactive continuing education unit maintains its external educational programmatic accreditation and external tutorial system approval.
We publish the International Journals 'Research in PMC' and 'Carlophone - Education through Music', and other 2 practitioner music journals (a total of 10 editions each year), and the FLPMC Collections (Coleções Faculdade Livre de Performance de Música Contemporânea). The Academy also offers the opportunity for musicians and music students to take a valuable professional certification in the Popular Music field for the Classical Guitar and Acoustic Guitar, Jazz and Electric Guitar, Foot Drumming, Carlophone (Available Soon), Viola of Terra (12 strings), Viola of Arame Terceirense (15 or 18 strings), Braguesa Viola (10 strings - Braga), Braguinha (the 'cavaquinho' from the Madeira Island) or Cavaquinho (Braga), Ukulele, Rajão from Madeira (adopted from the Viola Requintada of the XIX century), Theory, Sacred/Baroque Music Performance, Traditional Percussion, etc, always directed by the Academy's Pioneer Method called 'Interactive Tutorial & Video System (asynchronous)', specially designed to be available to any trainee, nationally and internationally. The C.I. holds a collection of 8 guitars (7 professional instruments for performances and 1 miniature for use as 'pen drive' in the 'Man Symphony' & Metropolitam Virtual Orquestra - an hybrid orchestra). As an organisation devoted to musical literature and musical arts, specifically for the contemporary performance, and to recognise musical talent/ability, the Secretariat possesses all the necessary resources such as administrative, editorial, educational, publishing, and various musical instruments. The ALPMC-CI Mini Library and e-Library (Archive Collection) has already dozens of thousands of holdings for editions and titles of artistic, literary and scientific works, concerning music education, general studies, guitar and bass playing, music performance in Portuguese plucked-string instruments and the ukulele, stride guitar (piano playing technique) and orchestral work, such as Books, e-Books, Journals, E-Journals, Music Manuscripts, CDs and DVDs (from our FLPMC Collections, Journal and Hot Club Collection of Manuscripts, and many others from different editors/companies), both physical and digital editions. Thus, the Academy Board rarely awards the 'Prémio de Membro Honorário da ALPMC' (ALPMC Honorary Member Prize) only to distinctive authors of works in the field of music teaching and learning and/or performing and/or musical composition, showing a conspicuous ability and originality, constituting a major contribution to knowledge. Our Board Chairman is a Postdoc researcher who has presented a successful university Lecture (Palestra/Aula aberta) focused on the Lusophone Influencies in the development of Jazz music, which included the transition from the classical music traditions of European Folk dances to the Afro-American syncopations - a lecture presented at the Foundation 'Porto Cultural' - Serões da Bonjóia.


Patron of Music Education (Patrono da Educação Musical)
PLATO - Aristocles (real name)
428/427 or 424/423 - 348/347 BC
Founder of the 1st higher learning institution - the Platonic Academy in Athenas (an association of learned men).
Plato was equally an advocate for Music Education in the Ancient Greece, and a disciple of Socrates (author of the Socratic Method, widely used in homeschooling).

Plato’s Bust at Vatican Museum, Rome
"Education through music is most sovereign..."

Patron of March and Cakewalk (Patrono da Marcha e Cakewalk)
Known as the 'King of March'
1854 - 1932
Son of a Portuguese.
Cakewalk music was adapted from the two-step and spawned by the popularity of marches, mostly by Sousa (e.g., 'The Sousa's Cakewalk, 1902). Cakewalk has incorporated the habanera rhythm (or hambone) into march and 2-step. Sousa was decorated with the palms of the Order of Public Instruction of Portugal and received honorary memberships from American organizations. 

Patron of Classical Music (Patrono da Música Clássica)
Best known for Harmony Counterpoint and Extemporisation
1685 - 1750

Patron of Classical Music (Patrono da Música Clássica)
Best known for his Impromptus
1797 - 1828

THE GENERAL COUNCIL's CHAIRMAN, ADJUNCT & HONORARY BENEFACTOR (regulations approved in december 2019)
The Founder and Board Chairman (non paid position)
OrdBMus (Cert. Perf.), A.L.C.M., Espec. (CCPFC), F.N.C.M., NCM Research Fellow, Litt.D. [HCCI/OCCUK], Micro MBA, LGMS/FGMS, FASC 
Posição: Pós-Doc UFP

Maintains the scientific Academy-interactive Conservatory and 4 scientific societies (5 sections that formed a national council for the field of contemporary instrumental music) at the ALPMC-CI National Secretariat, based in Anadia, Aveiro, Portugal.

A Virtuoso Multi-Instrumentalist - guitar pioneer for musical fusions in 73 specialties, 'stride' guitar and 'concerto stride guitar' [a combination of solo guitar, bass and percussion], Foot Drums, Kazoo and Scat Voice, simultaneously, producing a true one-musician Sextet! ('I In VI') - combined with Contemporary and Acoustic Fusion elements in Portuguese, Brazilian, Cakewalk, Jazz Music, and his own Concertos. Composer of Contemporary Popular Music and Modern Orchestral Arranger. He has used the pseudonym of Al (Alberto) Grace in London for some years.

Inventor of the Foot Drums (based on a traditional 4-part dixieland drum set) and Carlophone musical instruments.

Accredited Teacher's Lecturer by the CCPFC (Conselho Científico-Pedagógico da Formação Contínua, Ministério da Educação / Scientific-Pedagogical Council of Continuing Education, Ministry of Education) - Subjects/Areas of expertise: Music, Music Education and Musical Expression, Minho, Braga, Portugal - accreditation nº CCPFC/RFO-34971/14

Collections, Journals and Training Programmes
Videos of Carlos performing in the World's Goa Day, recorded by TV Portuguese Monarchy
(video of Stride Guitar and Stomp)

Founder and Honorary Prize Member of Academia Livre de PMC - Conservatório Interativo.
Academy's Board Chairman and General Assembly Director. Author and editor of almost all Academy titles, for whose 99,8% are the academy's own editions.
He is also the Membership Programme Moderator (for Members and Member-Candidates) at the Secretariat (i.e., National Council).

Predoctoral and postdoctoral research:
He took a Postdoctoral Certificate in Psychology of Learning and Teaching, jazz guitar, with high marks at the Universidade Fernando Pessoa, and prepared the scientific article for validation at the GADI Research Days Proceedings in 2015, Porto, Portugal. Earned a position as Postdoctoral researcher on a voluntary basis - a status that he keeps up to this day, and usually presents his new research developments in the University's Research Days, as well as a Lecture (Palestra/Aula aberta) on the Lusophone influencies in the development of Jazz music at other venues.
Commissioned as an NCM Research Fellow (a musical society promoted by MEC UK until 2014), to prepare the jazz & blues guitar graded exams and diploma syllabus, National College of Music Exam Board (Est1894 Inc1898), UK (12 months: 2012-2012)

Carlos has completed his bachelors (ordinary degree - an exit award) in music literacy and performance (guitar) with RGT-LCM registered tutor (an elective) in 2011 from London College of Music Examinations (TVU, UK) and Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (the former well known Guitar Institute). He has already done approved tutor training that time and later in the same year he took postgraduate education in music therapy from INESEM (Spain), which was validated by the teaching council in Portugal for a teachers specialization degree in the fields of music therapy and tutoring. On january of 2012 he has passed the assessment for the National College of Music Fellowhip (specialist in music research), after presenting his research work in jazz & blues guitar (jazz guitar in a gospel or sacred perespective) for performance and teaching, and received an invitation for writing a jazz/blues guitar syllabus. Some of his Guitar studies (etudes) were included on the NCM syllabus. 

He has prepared 2 Live Productions for the Free Academy of PMC, Portugal, including 'The Interactive Man-Orchestra', 'I In IV' Ensemble, and 'The Man-Symphony' with the Metro Virtual Orchestra (this orchestra includes his 'I In VI' Ensemble).

Arranger of the Interactive Ensembles and String Sinfonietta of Folk, Cakewalk, Minstrel, Popular Waltz, Ragtime, Western Swing, Early Jazz Swing, Hot Jazz, Gospel, Fusion, etc.

He is working to develop the Approach to Solo Guitar Playing (Jazz/Electric) of the 21st century, by incorporating various Comping and Fingerstyle Techniques, Stride Guitar (with Bass Grooves), Sweep Picking & Speed Legato, Foot Drums, Unison Voice for 'Scat' improvisation, and Kazoo, with an Interactive Orchestra (for use with The Man-Orchestra). 3 DVDs will be launched soon and offered to Members as a supplement of the practitioner journal 'Research in PMC'.

Author of The Learning Theory for Jazz and Electric Guitar.

Author of The Interactive Tutorial & Video System (asynchronous) (presented on the Research Days Proceedings in 2017 at GADI, Universidade Fernando Pessoa).

Author and Performer of the 'I In V' Ensemble (guitar, bass, foot percussion, voice improvisation/scat and kazoo - done by only one musician) and 'The Interactive Man-Orchestra' (i.e., the same ensemble but in conjunction with an interactive orchestra) for the Academy's Live Productions of public performance programmes.

Author of thousands of editions and titles held by the Academy's Collections and the 2 Societies Journals, including: Books, e-Books, Journal and e-Journal issues, Manuscripts, Abstracts, Articles, Instructional DVDs/CDs and 1 Solo Guitar EP.

Carlos is a true catholic and researcher in contemporary music performance and jazz & blues (gospel service), and has been appointed Dean and Professor of Music (jazz within a sacred perespective) - the university-seminary's music education department for which he is a Co-founder [Distance education instructor on a voluntary basis] of St. James the Elder Theological Seminary of the Holy Catholic Church International, Jacksonville, FL, USA (authorised by the Florida Department of Education, consistent to the standards of the commission), Old Catholic Rite. In full communion with the Old Catholic Church in the UK (the OCCUK is an old catholic rite that is part of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church in full communion with the Orthodox).

Author of 2 Practitioner-type Journal Abstracts published at the RILM (International Repertory of Music Literature)
The Graduate Center of City University of New York (C.U.NY)

Award for Composer, Musician and Guitarist by Associação do Idioma e Culturas em Português (AICEM), Porto, Portugal

Member Partner of AICEM, Porto

Former Secretary of Dr. Manuel Luciano da Silva Foundation (ADMLS) [Non-Profit Institution of Public Utility Status], Vale de Cambra, Portugal.

ADJUNCT (non paid position)
Winner of 'Prémio Amália para Melhor Baixista 2012' (Best Bassist 2012)

CEO of TV Portuguese Monarchy affiliated to the Royal House of Portugal
Board Member of the Royal Fellowship of Souls of 'São José das Taipas'


ACADEMICS and highly regarded PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS have agreed to provide feedback on a voluntary basis (like most journals)  for practitioner research papers that are produced for abstract publication in our 4 Practitioner-type Music and Education through Music (EM) Journals. They will send a blind review for topics of submitted papers to our fellowship programme (advanced training/research). But before they are consulted the paper must pass the editor's musical orientation and editorial guidelines. Only high-quality practitioner-type papers of music performance analysis or music teaching evaluation will be passed to 2 members of this board, and, if the feedback is positive, the abstract publication will be considered in the appropriate official journal and the subsequent award of fellow in that journal's scientific society.

Our Practitioner-type journals examine the proposals made and successful authors become fellows (recognized specialists) in PMC (Research or EM) with 4 scientific societies, and not just 1. A certification letter of fellow mentioning the music specialty or topic researched and published will be awarded.

Associated Professor, Universidade de Coimbra (UC), Faculdade de Psicologia e Ciências da Educação
Posição: Agregação UC 

Perf. Dip. (Berklee), Grad Cert studies (New School)
Advisor in Jazz Affairs for the "Royal" Free Academy of PMC
Teacher of Jazz & World Music, Escola Superior de Tecnologias e Artes de Lisboa
He has been considered one of the best European jazz musicians 

Prof. Especialista SANDRO NORTON HonALPMC
B.Mus (Hons) (LCM), M.Mus, PG
Percussive Concert Guitarist and Composer

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, School of Music, USA 

G.T.C.L. (Hons), F.T.C.L., F.N.C.M., DMus, D.D. [HCCI/OCCUK], FGMS 
Principal, National College of Music - Certification Board, Chelmsford, Essex, UK

The Academy's professional assessments are available with a proven learning method entitled 'Interactive Tutorial and Video System (asynchronous)'.

Disclaimer on the 'Royal' prefix: the prefix used in our brand name that has been published at this website and on the Academy's journal is solely to denote an Official Tribute to the History of the Portuguese Monarchy. 

A ALPMC - CI é uma organização cultural privada, validada para Performers da música, entidade em nome individual - sendo o seu representante legal o próprio fundador Prof. Dr. Carlos Viegas, e considerada de interesse cultural e científico de acordo com as leis dos dois Mecenatos. Funciona sob a égide ou umbrela de organismos oficiais e ficou estabelecida nos termos do artigo 195.º do Código Civil (artigo 2 do DL 272/97 de 8 de Outubro). Enquadra-se nos termos do artigo 58.º do Estatuto dos Benefícios Fiscais (Propriedade intelectual) para emissão de recibos de donativo na incrição de membros.

A Música é uma linguagem que tem o poder de interagir com as pessoas, proporcionando sensações, sonhos, prazeres, terapia, etc.; é uma das razões do nome ‘Conservatório Interativo’ para um dos 2 projetos musicais, e não apenas por se disponibilizar formação no regime a distância, sendo esta também de índole prática com tutoria para melhor preparar futuros performers da música.

ALPMC – CI não é um negócio de âmbito comercial nem uma empresa com fins de lucro, mas sim uma entidade sem fins lucrativos de âmbito artístico, literário e intelectual.

Todos os direitos reservados 2011-ao presente © para Academia Livre de PMC e Conservatório Interativo@™

ALPMC – CI é uma Organização validada pelo RNOD (MC), aprovada em 4 Agências Nacionais (ISBN, ISSN, ISMN e DL)

Registos IGAC dos Nomes Artísticos - Certidão dos ofícios nº 1884/2011 e nº 3370/2012

A entidade ALPMC - CI está associada ao NIF 213003813 (INE) com o CAE 96093 e CAE 90030

Morada do Secretariado ("Conselho privado de Performers de âmbito nacional"):
99 Av. das Laranjeiras, Ed. Panorama, Bl. B 2º Dto
3780-202 Anadia, Aveiro, Portugal

Academia Livre de PMC - Conservatório Interativo@ (ALPMC-CI) are 2 artistic projects. They are IGAC Registered Artistic Names (a public service for registering and protecting the name of an artist, artistic project or music band, according to IGAC regulations - DecLei 143/2014) with the General-Inspection of Cultural Activities of the Ministry of Culture in Portugal. Coleções Faculdade Livre de PMC (FLPMC) are registered intellectual property by the General-Inspection for international protection under copyright law and the Berne Convention, Switzerland. The Books/e-Books are indexed with the Portuguese Association of Publishers and Booksellers (ISBN National Center) and all the Journals and e-Journals are indexed and published with the National Library of Portugal Collections for Music. We are also an entity for legal deposit and ISMN deposit with the National Library, and the ALPMC-CI Council is a RNOD (National Register) Partner Organisation with the Ministry of Culture.