Incorporating natural talent and hard work with Contemporary Innovative Concepts of Folk / Dixie / Bluegrass / Gospel / Modinha / Lundu, 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.


  The Official Heritage Online Site of Academy of professional and specialist musical colleges

"REAL" ACADEMIA LIVRE DE MÚSICA 
CONSERVATÓRIO INTERATIVO
Collections - professional and specialist music colleges - virtual member's club & interactive orchestras and ensembles


Motto: Encouraging - Promoting - Improving to Setting the Hallmark of International Standardization for 38 Musical Specialties and 15 Subjects, and continuously raise the highest standards in Contemporary Popular Music.
Rationale: 
A Cultural and Scientific National Academy - the academy of professional & graduate education and specialist musical colleges (i.e., 1 interactive conservatoire - C.I. and 2 practitioner societies) - an independent organisation considered of public right, without legal personality (according to its charter and affiliations), proposing to be the Lusophone umbrella body for the music performance and music education, integrating the virtual lusophone hot club & interactive orchestras/ensembles for members, and the professional and graduate conservatoire and practitioner 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 dissemination. The C.I. provides the 1st distance-accredited professional graduate conservatory programmes in the world. 
It is a chartered body for the music of a national and international scope, through the creation of 1 professional & graduate conservatory and the administration of 2 practitioner societies, owned by Academia Livre de PMC, Portugal.

-Founded 2011-
Registrations and Amendments of all Works [Collections Reg. Nºs - Licensed intellectual property]
Registrations of Literary and Artistic Names [Entity Reg. Nº 1884/2011 and Nº 3370/2012 - Licensed entity names]
IGAC - Inspeção-Geral das Atividades Culturais, Ministry of Culture (igac.gov.pt)

-Chartered body for publishing and academical purposes with the Ministry of Culture (BNP, RNOD, APEL & IGAC) and externally accredited for awarding professional and graduate certificates-
Our Societies Journals - Click here
Our Validation in the National Official Register - Click here 

Registration Authorities - BNP Quote ISSN 66/2013 & BNP Quote ISSN 42/2019: M.P.P.s 165 V. (Practitioner-type Journals)
Registered with the ISSN National Agency & DL Service
BNP - Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Ministry of Culture (bnportugal.gov.pt)

Registered with the ISBN National Agency 
APEL - Associação Portuguesa de Editores e Livreiros (apel.pt)



Photos of the Secretariat of the Professional & Graduate Conservatoire and the 2 Practitioner Societies


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 20 euros for becoming a Member and enjoy 7 great benefits. Membership in the ALPMC - CI includes subscription with 3 Practitioner Journals. You will receive copies of our 3 latest Journal Issues and e-CDs (online editions), and access to excelent Music Performance and Music Pedagogy Resources, as for example, academic e-books, high-quality sheet music in over 53 Musical Specialties and Subjects, the '5 inn 1' 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 conservatory preparation and other 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.
STUDY FOR A MUSIC QUALIFICATION AT CERTIFICATE LEVEL AND GRADUATE LEVEL WITH THE INTERACTIVE CONSERVATORY
There are currently 89 vacancies left for new Members, and 8 vacancies for Trainees





The ALPMC – CI maintains an internationally important library and e-library (archives) containing 500,000 titles and editions, and a large extension to reach the great milestone of more than 1,000,000 editions and titles (both print and digital versions) in the next few years has been prepared.
A lot of hard work has been done by the Board Chairman in order to achieve this. He is a prolific composer, arranger and academic writer.

The ALPMC – CI Mini-Library, e-Library and Archive Collection of Digital Recordings and Academy Videos/DVDs will become the largest resource in Contemporary Music Performance in the world and one of the best for Music in General. The 500,000 editions and titles include music scores with worksheets, books, e-books, journals, e-journals, music practitioner articles and digital music recordings, integrating the Academy Collections and the 6 International Music Journal Editions published each year. The Academy has also a Mini-Library of 1,000+ items such as books in music and other fields and some musical recordings.

Academic publishing includes 6 journal editions and around 25,000 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 38 specialties and 15 subjects, using standardized sheet music with common musical forms and structures, reproduced for the 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 of the Graduate Conservatory holds instruments of high professional quality for producing video-presentations and tutorials, and for use in live productions. Our Library, e-Library, Archive Collection and Mini-Library, located in the Secretariat, holds 500,000 titles including books, e-books, music manuscripts, journals, e-journals, musical recordings and scientific articles – from whose 96% are the Academy’s own editions and titles.
The board chairman plans to achieve the important milestone of more than 1,000,000 titles and editions (both print and online versions) until 2023 - Academy Collections and Journals Editions worthy of a National Cultural and Scientific Academy, celebrating the 1st decade of existence, concerning many of the plucked-string instruments, stride guitar (piano style) with foot percussion & voice improvisation, folk & jazz string orchestra and ensemble, literature of other fields of knowledge, romance, fiction and poetry, music teaching and research methods, folk to jazz performance fields, and great musical recordings.
Official recognition: the Free Academy of PMC of Portugal (A.L.PMC-C.I.) is the umbrella organisation recognised by the Ministry of Culture in Portugal for professional musicians and teachers of music. It is the Academy of the graduate conservatory and practitioner societies (professional associations), based in Portugal. The entity delivers approved Graduate Education not-for-profit, and it's not an higher education institution for delivering 1st degree (bachelors) education. As an umbrella body the Academy represents professional musicians and teachers within 3 official bodies - the graduate conservatory and 2 societies.
We publish 6 practitioner-scientific journal editions each year for our Members and Fellows of the 3 Academy bodies - the Interactive Conservatory (graduate and professional studies) and 2 Specialist Societies, and for the National Library of Portugal.


Free Academy of PMC - Interactive Conservatory@tm form the not-for-profit Academy of the graduate conservatory and specialist societies, serving public interests, devoted to Practice-based Music Research from Folk to Jazz of the pre-30s in Popular Folk, Fingerstyle Folk, Cakewalk Music and Cakewalk Dance (stride playing/linear playing), Minstrel, Waltz, Ragtime, Hot Jazz, Early Jazz Swing, Western Swing, Gospel Blues, Traditional Portuguese Music, Trad. Brazilian Music, Rock and Roll, Bebop, Sacred Jazz, and Fusion, with Music of the Pre-30's era, 30's and Pop Music, Unison Voice Improvisation, Syncopated Stride Guitar with Foot Percussion, and String Orchestra/Ensemble, to be performed with traditional plucked-string instruments of Portugal and the ukulele, as well as the guitar. The academically accredited Certificates are for classical and popular/jazz musicians, music students, tutors and teachers. We offer Certificate Assessment Tests for career progression as a musician and/or teacher. The ALPMC-CI is the nationally approved scientific entity that offers a rigorous vis-à-vis (i.e., face-to-face moderated) distance tutorial system coupled with psychology of learning evaluations, for approved Certificates, Graduate Certificates, and the additional qualification of ALPMC-CI Fellowship (Advanced Training). Our syllabuses received pedagogical advice on course design and trainee assessment by an external competent body, and are moderated by an accredited lecturer (CCPFC, Portugal). ALPMC-CI qualifications are eligible to be submitted for individual accreditation to a continuing education Council in any country in Europe, or even outside Europe, for teacher training credits.
Our institution is specially addressed to citizens of Portuguese speaking countries, but also welcomes people from other countries for distance interactive Training and/or Membership.


"Freedom, in my opinion, is the most important element of THE MUSIC, because it is what motivates us to create, express, experiment and adopt concepts and ideas. And the 'Free' term on the Academy's name is a signal of this."

"For me, it's just THE MUSIC that matters, and this is subject to include the freedom of extemporisation or improvisation as a crucial part of it, whatever the musical style that is spoken."

"Music is: THE MUSIC."

"MUSIC is Freedom with discipline."

"There is only one Music; it is the one you feel."

"Express yourself through Music, using your natural talent."

"We are all uniquely different with our own set of talents and personalities. These unique skills and psychological traits of a human being can be transferred and/or adopted into the world of performing arts [encouraging and promoting]. And this, would be beneficial, if we follow a set of evaluation parameters of the music learning psychology [improving], as a boost to the process of interactive musical learning."

Carlos Viegas


"In the Baroque period, it was common for performers to Improvise ornamentation on a given melody line. Transcribing a tune as actually played would take several pages, as Variations are an intrinsic part of the Music."
Harp of Tara's Kingston Tune Book, Canada

"Every instrument of the orchestra is inside the guitar, but in smaller sound size." 
Andrés Segovia 

"For me, Music comes first, whatever the musical style that is spoken."
Pat Metheny







53 CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PERFORMANCE SPECIALTIES & SUBJECTS AVAILABLE - you may choose a different specialty for 3 qualification levels and 1 additional certification programme (4 levels, including Research Fellowships/Advanced Training)

Assessment Tests for the Academy's Foundation, Professional and Continuing Education (Graduate level) Programmes in Popular Music:
The 3 Academic Levels (Stages) of Professional and Graduate Studies (for a total of 360 hours of moderated learning) coordinated by the Office-Worker, were designed and officially approved to provide a comprehensive method of Academical (Course Curriculum) and Work-Based Competence, and must be taken in sequence. 
This Academy does not direct Accredited Training below the conservatory grade 8 in music performance (i.e., the comparable standard to the academy level 1) because it's not our scope, which is more appropriate for the music training of high school students that are not commonly assessed under distance tutorial methods.

International suffix designations(*) will apply as follows:
Training in Popular Music
The Academy's Level I (there is no suffix designation for this course) - 5 months (100 hours of moderated learning, including a 4-page final project/synthesis)
For both amateur and aspiring professional musicians - the minimum age is 17 for this qualification to be awarded.
Foundation Training and Intermediate I Assessment
*CertALPMC-CI - Professional Certificate in Popular Music (another 5 months for 200 hours, including a 4-page final project/synthesis) for a total of 200 hours of learning. The minimum age is 18 at the time of awarding this Professional Certificate.
Intermediate I Continuous Training and Assessment
*GradCertALPMC-CI - Graduate Certificate in Popular Music (another 5 months for 100 hours and an additional 60 hours for a placement (8 live performances) - including the 4-page final project/synthesis). We do not require a degree for the Graduate Certificate. The pre-requisite is the CertALPMC-CI. With the Interactive Conservatory all trainees can progress without commiting on degree studies.
Advanced Intermediate II Training and Assessment
The Academy's Levels II and III are good for solo and session musicians, orchestral musicians and teachers
At Stage 3 candidates must choose 1 academy Specialty (out of 38 music specialties) for the course final project.

 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.

15 Subjects offered:
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, Carlophone (AVAILABLE SOON), and the complementary Bass.

Pieces and songs are at about Conservatory Grade 8 Standard, which will be Assessed at 3 Performing levels/stages.  This means that what is really evaluated here is the actual Performing and Technical Level at each Training Stage (Level), and Not the level of pieces as usually required in classical music performance programmes. Advanced solo playing and Improvisation techniques will be central in our programmes.
For example, the 'Entertainer' by Scott Joplin may be performed as a Grade 6 level Guitar piece or as a post-Grade 8 song, depending on the arrangement, and the expected Performing and Technical Standard - at Certificate level (Stage 1) you will Not be required to play advanced chord-melodies (in both chord symbols and traditional music notation), and to improvise without a backing track.
 
Please note that the Portuguese folk instruments and the ukulele are available at the Initial and Graduate Training levels and we use 3/4 standardized tunings, from higher to lower note, that we find appropriate for performing popular and jazz music, which is the 'Chicago Tuning' (aka 'G Tuning') for the baritone and tenor Ukuleles (EBGD) and Cape Verde Cavaquinho, DBGD for the Portuguese Cavaquinho (Braguinha from Madeira) and soprano Ukulele, and the Tuning of AEBAD for chords and rhythm playing in the Viola Braguesa.

Classical Guitar/Acoustic Guitar, Jazz/Electric Guitar, Viola Braguesa or other Portuguese Viola (10-string guitars), Cavaquinnho, Ukulele, Rajão from Madeira (The 'Mother' of Ukulele), Music Theory, Foot Drumming, Carlophone, Sacred Music Theory, Traditional Percussion, Sacred/Baroque Music and the complementary Bass Guitar. 
SYLLABUSES are produced in English, Spanish and Portuguese, depending on your language. Please visit the page 'SYLLABI' to download a copy.

 Trainees should be able to demonstrate a practical application of the syllabus items/units.









ABOUT US
-GOALS & STATUTES- 
        "Real" Academia Livre de Música - Conservatório Interativo is an organization chartered in Portugal under the names of Academia Livre de PMC-Conservatório Interativo@™ (ALPMC - CI), and was founded in April of 2011 by Professor Carlos Viegas. It is the Academy of professional and specialist musical colleges (an independent organisation considered of public right, without legal personality) - chartered as a publishing body for educational purposes with the Ministry of Culture in Portugal (BNP, RNOD, APEL & IGAC) that purposes to be the Lusophone umbrella organisation for musicians (both amateurs and professionals) and qualified music teachers, integrating the Lusophone hot club (the virtual member's club), interactive orchestras/ensembles, and administers the interactive conservatoire (a professional and graduate college) and 2 practitioner societies (specialist colleges), and operates the 1st interactive but accredited professional and graduate conservatoire programmes in the world, providing membership, music education resources for the youth, accredited professional certificate and graduate certificate programmes (i.e., our Certificate qualifications). The 2 Academy societies deliver fellowships/advanced training (non bursary/non stipend) at no charge - called the 'graduate fellowship support', to supporting members that hold the ALPMC-CI GradCert. Our Popular Music courses were endorsed and certified in 3 qualification levels at a continuing education centre of an higher education institution in Portugal. As an umbrella organisation the Academy represents musicians and teachers within its 3 bodies (the interactive conservatoire and the 2 societies). According to 'capítulo III' of 'Código Civil - Associações sem personalidade jurídica e comissões especiais' - which requires a minimum of 3 directors, the ALPMC - CI was founded according to art. 195 of this legislation.
The 'royal' prefix in our website domain name denotes a tribute to the history of the Portuguese Monarchy.
We do Not award Undergraduate level Diplomas linked to the 1st cycle and are Not a distance education provider for Degree Programmes, but instead we offer virtual conservatoire prepartion programmes and 4 qualification levels tailored to your needs, and chartered for academic credit and/or teacher education credit. Our learning method is around the philosophy of ‘homeschooling’ but for the post-16 and post-18 music education sector, and delivered under our pioneering tutorial and video system. The academy was formed to promote and explore the field of contemporary music performance in a Cycle of Musical Specialties, for Jazz/Electric Guitar, Classic Guitar, Acoustic Guitar/Fado Viola, Cavaquinho, Ukulele, Braguesa Viola (10-string guitar) or another Portuguese viola, Rajão from Madeira, Applied Music Theory, Traditional Percussion, and Bass, from Folk Music to pre-30s Jazz, with members in Portugal and abroad. There are more than 64 Programmes of Music Education and Training with Assessment Tests (10 practical subjects in popular music performance and 10 practical subjects in sacred/baroque music performance & musical theory for teachers, and sacred music theory for teachers - in 4 stages including the fellowship). 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. 
Our syllabuses received pedagogical advice on course design and trainee assessment by an external competent body, and are moderated by an accredited lecturer (CCPFC, Portugal). ALPMC-CI qualifications are eligible to be submitted for external accreditation to a teaching Council (for continuing teacher education credits) in any country in Europe, or even outside Europe, for continuing teacher training credits - documents for evidence will be provided to registered trainees.

The bet is digital, synonymous with new ways of communicating, coexisting, living and managing. The certificate programmes (initial and continuous levels) will be centered on the challenge of innovation in digital technologies and tools. The academy's continuing evaluation process includes a music learning Psychology evaluation for working and adopting the psychological trait of each candidate, beneficial for the performing arts field. Psychological and psyco-motor elements will be evaluated and improved with our rigorous evaluation. We are the nationally approved scientific entity that offers a rigorous vis-à-vis distance learning system (i.e., with face-to-face moderation) with psychology of learning evaluations for academic accredited Certificate and Graduate level Programmes for professional musicians and private instrumental tutors, and NOT Degree courses. The institution is specially addressed to citizens of Portuguese speaking countries, but also welcomes other people for membership and/or education.

Our Board Chairman describes the Academy with the following words: "The ALPMC - CI (Academia Livre de PMC-Conservatório Interativo) is the national cultural and scientific academy for non-profit Music Research and specific Music Education (an independent organisation of public right, without legal personality) - chartered as a publishing body for educational purposes with the Ministry of Culture in Portugal (BNP, RNOD, APEL & IGAC), devoted to Setting the Hallmark of International Standardization from Folk to Jazz at all performance levels, that promotes plectrum string instruments of Lusophone origin and others associated, and its dissemination in 38 musical specialties. We form the 1st interactive conservatory that ever existed, providing Membership, musical preparation for youth people and amateur musicians in the classical music (for Beethoven, Bomtempo and Bach) and popular music fields, and academically chartered and externally accredited (eligible for initial and continuing teacher education credits) Professional Certificates and Graduate Certificates, and the additional qualification of Fellowship/Advanced Training certified by our 2 Specialist Societies for Fellow membership of professional performers and junior researchers, assessed through DVD submission and essay abstract publication under the authority of the 2 Academy Journals, and moderated with the Pilot Interactive Conservatory's Tutorial System, and only available to academy members, nationally and internationally. There are more than 64 Programmes and Assessments for 4 qualification levels. The ALPMC-CI offers music education literature, interactive and public performances, 2 practitioner-type journals - the official bodies of the 2 Academy Specialist Societies, for our Members, Trainees and the National Library of Portugal, and a free public lecture, derived from the practice-based music research from Folk to Jazz undertaken by the board chairman, already with 500,000 editions and titles (holdings), serving the Musical Cause with the support of both musician-members and member-music enthusiasts. This is a place that aims to promote and explore the contemporary music performance field in a Cycle of 38 different Music Specialties, for the Classical Guitar and Acoustic Guitar, Jazz and Electric Guitar, Cavaquinho from Minho, Ukulele, Braguesa Viola (10-string) and the other Portuguese Violas, Rajão from Madeira (5-string), Theory, Traditional Percussion, and the complementary Bass, and their dissemination around the world through Interactive Folk to Jazz String Orchestras and Ensembles, the '5 Inn 1' Ensemble, 'The Interactive Man-Orchestra', 'The Man-Symphony', and for developing Stride Guitar playing (Solo Guitar with Bass Grooves), Foot Percussion, and Scat Voice and Kazoo. The non-profitable programmes were implemented for providing Training in Popular Music for trainees with a minimum of 17 years of age, Certificate in Popular Music [CertALPMC-CI], Graduate Certificate programme [GradCertALPMC-CI], including a 4-page project for final evaluation at each training level, and also Fellowship/Advanced Training (Non-bursary or stipend) [post-Graduate level CPD in Music Research for journal publication and practical assessment], within a Cycle of 38 Music Specialties and 15 Subjects, operated under the 'interactive conservatory pilot-project'. The 3 Assessment levels of professional and academical music competence, from intermediate up to higher level (i.e., conservatory grade 8 and post-grade 8 level), are available to enrolled trainees, recognising musical ability and improvement. It is not required to register as a Member to access an Educational Programme. On the other hand, Members receive 7 valuable benefits (including fellowship training in a later time). There is also an Interactive Youth Orchestra (classical and popular music ensembles and solo playing for learning and gain instrumental music experience through non-certified Conservatory grade levels) for children and young people from 11 to 16 years of age, so that they can also benefit from the Membership of a parent, guardian or music teacher, for preparing them as young performers in classical and popular music. We have a special interest in the creativity, extemporization (or extemporaneous composition) in Baroque-style music with plucked string instruments, modern jazz improvisation, for the expression, spontaneity and experimentalism of music, in a music-making context, without breaking the composition rules. Freedom is an important part of the Music. PMC stands for 'Performance de Música Contemporânea'. 
This Academy does not direct Accredited Training below the conservatoire grade 8 (i.e., the standard comparable to the the academy level 1/part 1) because it's not our scope, which is more appropriate for the musical training (with college credit) of high school students and graduates that are not commonly assessed by distance tutorial methods. 
The Training in Popular Music (Formação em Música Popular) - will be attained after passing 2 Performance Assessment Tests at ALPMC-CI Stage 1, for 1st and 2nd instruments, corresponding to 100 hours (including a 4-page project for final evaluation at the end of level). This qualification is available for both amateur and aspiring professional musicians and requires the completion of the Academy's intermediate I (Certificate level - conservatory grade 8 level standard) in Popular Music Performance, with the Assessment Tests and a Certificate upon completion, 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 part 1 Qualification at the end of stage 1. The training programme culminates with the Professional Certificate in Popular Music (200 hours) and Graduate Certificate in Popular Music (100 hours of course curriculum for continuous and final evaluation + 60 additional hours of non-curricular placement for 8 solo live performances) [Certificação Profissional e Especialização em Música Popular Contemporânea - elegível para ser acreditado a título individual por Conselho de professores] for professional musicians and/or teachers that pass 4 Performance Assessment Tests at ALPMC-CI Stages 2 and 3, for 1st and 2nd instruments, with Continuing & Psychological Assessments, and 1 short project/synthesis at graduate level for final assessment (4 pages including a 200-word introduction), corresponding to 200 hours at the higher level (including a 4-page project for final evaluation at the end of level) for the CertALPMC-CI [Academy's intermediate I], and another 100 hours of credit (including a 4-page project for final evaluation at the end of level) and an additional 60 hours of placement for the GradCertALPMC-CI [Academy's advanced intermediate II in Performance]. At Stage 3 candidates must choose 1 Academy Specialty (out of 38 in total) on the 1st instrument for the project final evaluation. To earn the Graduate Certificate [Certificação de Especialista] trainees are required to complete a minimum of 360 hours of learning (eligible for accreditation of continuing teacher education credits by the CCPFC in Portugal). Our syllabuses were academically approved for recognition of continuing education credits. Our programmes are certificate and graduate level specialist qualifications by nature (i.e., academic certifications), concentrated in performance or theory.
Each course/programme part/level should be completed within 5 months. The GradCert Programme is eligible to be submitted for accreditation to an accreditation Council for gaining continuing teacher education credits/points (i.e., externally accredited), officially recognising the postgraduate study of a teacher. This requires a bachelor degree. In Portugal the body charged for issuing these credits/points it is the CCPFC (a teaching council) in Braga; in other European countries, and even outside Europe, there are similar bodies.

Our accredited non-degree graduate course provision (i.e., approved education and training) culminates with the additional qualification of Fellowship/Advanced Training (Non-bursary or stipend) certified by the Academy (an umbrella organisation chartered by the Ministry of Culture in Portugal) of the graduate conservatory and specialist societies, under the authority of the Journal 'Research in Contemporary Music Performance' and the Journal 'Carlofone - Advanced Training in Education through Music' (ISSNs) (a 15,000-word dissertation at postgraduate level for professional assessment) for highly qualified professional performers and junior researchers that have completed the academically chartered and externally accredited GradCert programme, requiring a practitioner-journal essay and abstract publication for recognising a contribution to knowldge, coupled with 3 solo video-performances in the 'stride' concert technique, or another advanced specialist technique, or concept at the same prescribed standard, such as advanced improvisation or sweep picking and advanced legato. Upon completion of the Fellowship (Continuing Professional Development at post-Graduate level) the membership of Fellow [FPMC] will be awarded in conjunction with the 2 Practitioner Societies. The Fellowship does Not lead to an accredited Certification or Diploma of the 'Royal' Free Academy. For accredited qualifications we offer the professional certificate (200 hours) and graduate certificate (160 hours including a 60-hour placement for 8 live music performances) which are the pre-requisites for completing a Fellowship/Advanced training and become a Fellow with our 2 Societies (Specialist Colleges).
         Professor Carlos has pioneered the Distance Learning Methodology for Music 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 work-based training with a practical written project essay to help you succeed as a professional musician.
        ALPMC-CI is serving internationally using the Motto of Encouraging - Promoting - Improving. 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 38 music specialties and 15 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 (or free of copyright). Our editions and titles include the Scientific Journal for Practitioners of 'Research in Contemporary Music Performance', Music Education Books, e-Books, Articles and Compositions (FLPMC Collections), Journal and e-Journal, and the Hot Clube Lusófono (The Virtual Member's Club and an Extension of the Free Faculty of PMC Collections for Music Manuscripts and eCDs/eDVDs) 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 (John Filipe de Sousa style) (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, 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 Drumming, String Sinfonietta, '5 Inn 1' Ensemble and Interactive Symphony Orchestra. We incorporate jazz and blues concepts in Classical Folk, Dixie, Bluegrass, Gospel, and Portuguese and Brazilian Folk 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 2 Patron-Gods. He has gained a Monarchic Affiliation on May of 2014 in the World Daman's Day. 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 it's housed at the Secretariat

The Secretariat of the Graduate Conservatory hold instruments of high professional quality for producing video-presentations and tutorials, and for use in live productions. Our Library, e-Library, Digital Archive and Mini-Library, located in the Secretariat, holds 500,000 editions and titles including books, e-books, manuscripts, journals, e-journals and music recordings – from whose 96% are the Academy’s own editions and titles.
The board chairman plans to achieve the important milestone of more than 1,000,000 (1 million) titles and editions (the total for both print and digital editions/versions) until 2023 - Academy Collections and Journal Editions worthy of a National Cultural and Scientific Academy, celebrating the 1st decade of existence, including the academy's own music manuscripts of professional quality. The Free Academy of PMC, Portugal, is the national scientific academy for non-profit Music Research.
We publish 6 practitioner-scientific journal editions each year for our Members and Fellows of the Academy's Graduate Conservatory and Practitioner Societies - the Interactive Conservatory (graduate and professional studies) and 2 Specialist Societies, and for the National Library of Portugal.

A brief history:
The Free Academy of PMC, Portugal, is the national cultural and scientific entity for Music, which is proud to be the 1st graduate interactive conservatory in the world, designed specifically for instrumental/practical distance music education - 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 with the National Library of Portugal for Journals and Collections. 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 38 musical specialties and 15 subjects. It is the national cultural and scientific academy for the music sector, through the creation of 1 graduate conservatory and 2 practitioner societies - the 3 sections of the Free Academy of PMC, Portugal. Each Practitioner Society consists of an official body registered with the ISSN National Centre in Portugal for the periodical publications (practitioner journals).
We publish the International Journals 'Research in PMC' and 'Carlophone - Education through Music' (Revistas Internacionais da Especialidade) 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 qualification in the Popular Music field for the Classical Guitar and Acoustic Guitar, Jazz and Electric Guitar, Foot Drumming and Carlophone (Available Soon), Braguesa Viola or another Portuguese Viola (6 in total), Cavaquinho, Ukulele, Rajão from Madeira (adopted from the Viola Requintada of the XIX century), Theory, Sacred Music Theory, Sacred/Baroque Music Performance, Traditional Percussion, and the complementary Bass Guitar (our alternative subject), 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. 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 has presented a successful Public Lecture about the Lusophone Influencies on the development of the American Music, which included the transition from the classical music traditions of European Folk dances to the Afro-American syncopations, given at the Foundation 'Porto Cultural' - Serões da Bonjóia.







PATRONS

Patron of the Musical 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 man).
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..."
(Plato)




Patron of the Marching Music and associated styles (Patrono da Música de Marcha e estilos associados) 
JOHN FILIPE DE SOUSA - The 'March King'
1854 (Washington DC) - 1932 (Pennsylvania).
Composer of 'The Diplomat' March - in the honor of Dom Carlos I of Portugal.
Decorated with the palms of the Order of Public Instruction of Portugal.





















BOARD MEMBERS AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF ACADEMY OF THE GRADUATE EDUCATION AND SPECIALIST COLLEGES OF MUSIC

Board Chairman and Director of General Assembly (voluntary positions) 
Professor CARLOS VIEGAS 
Postdoctoral Cert, NCM Research Fellow, FNCM (MEC collab), PgCert, BMus (Ord), HonALPMC, HonLittD

Maintains the Graduate and Specialist Colleges of the Academy, in Anadia, Aveiro, Portugal.

Concert Virtuoso Guitarist (Stride Guitar=combining Guitar and Bass, Foot Drumming, 'Scat' Voice and Kazoo, simultaneously), Composer of Music, Metropolitan Orchestral Arranger and Professor

Inventor of the Foot Drumming (based on traditional 3-part dixieland drums) and Carlophone musical instruments.

Accredited Teacher's Tutor 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 96% are the academy's own editions
He is also the daily Office-Worker at the Secretariat.

Predoctoral and Postdoctoral qualifications and position:
He took a Postdoctoral Certificate in Psychology of Learning and Teaching in jazz guitar with high marks (the equivalent to a doctorate final year) 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, and presents his new research developments in the University's Research Days.
Commissioned for NCM Research Fellow (with the collaboration of MEC), to prepare the jazz/blues guitar graded exams and diploma syllabus, National College of Music (External Examinations Board) (Est1894 Inc1898), UK (1 academic year: 2012-2012).

He has prepared 2 Live Productions for the Free Academy of PMC, Portugal, including 'The Interactive Man-Orchestra', '5 Inn 1' Ensemble, and 'The Man-Symphony'.

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 & Legato, Foot Drumming, 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 'Reserach 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 '5 Inn 1' 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 catholic and academic, and has been appointed Dean and Professor for the School of Music, of which he is a Co-founder [Distance education instructor on a voluntary basis] of St. James the Elder Seminary-University of the Holy Catholic Church International, Jacksonville, FL, USA (authorised by the Florida Department of Education), Old Catholic Rite. Partners of Old Catholic Church in the UK (a Catholic tradition in full communion with the Orthodox church).

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 Director (General Assembly) (voluntary position) 
FILIPE LARSEN 
HonALPMC

Based in Porto.
 















Honorary Prize Member of Academia Livre de PMC - Conservatório Interativo. 
Amália Prize for Best Bassist in 2012 
Filipe has attended the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, USA.
Director of 'Festival 6 Continentes - O Festival', Porto, Portugal.



Advisor in Jazz Affairs (Board) (voluntary position) 
PEDRO MADALENO 
Perf Dip(Berklee), Graduate study(New School), HonALPMC

Based in Lisbon.
Composer of Jazz, Fusion & World-Music












Honorary Prize Member of Academia Livre de PMC - Conservatório Interativo. 
Instructor in Music (Voluntary position), Distance College of Music of St. James the Elder Seminary-University of the HCCI and Old Catholic Church in the UK, part of the Roman Catholic Church
Considered the Best European Jazz Musician 2016 by the critic, with his album "That smile on your face" (www.glam-magazine.pt) 
Pedro has studied at the Berklee School of Music, Boston, USA, with jazz guitar greats such as Jim Hall, and also attended the New School in New York.
He is an instrumental professor for Jazz Guitar, Art of Trio and Composition and has performed alongside with Marcelo Nisinman (a tango music genious)
Instructor in Guitar, Escola Superior de Tecnologias e Artes de Lisboa (ESTAL), Portugal.




THE HONORARY BENEFACTOR
V. Ex.ª Arq. JOSÉ BASTOS 
HonALPMC

Our honorary benefactor is a renowned Portuguese Architect that supports the academy's musical cause and societies journals, and accepts to participate in special events (e.g., in 2021 the entity will celebrate its 10 years of existence with a concert and speech).

CEO of TV Portuguese Monarchy (affiliated with the Portuguese Royal Cause) and General Assembly Officer of Royal Fellowship of Souls of 'São José das Taipas', Porto, Portugal.




PEER COUNCIL (formed by the 2 Journal's EDITORIAL BOARDS)

3 EXTERNAL ACADEMICS from the Psychology and Music fields have accepted an invitation to provide peer-revision for practitioner research projects and dissertation abstracts that are produced for publication in our Practitioner Music and Music Education Journals. They are invited members of the Peer Council and academy honorary members and academy societies fellows (coming soon) will also participate.

Prof. Dr. EDUARDO DOS SANTOS, PhD, Aggregation diploma
Full Professor, Universidade de Coimbra, Faculdade de Psicologia e Ciências da Educação, Portugal

Dr. MIGUEL ZAPAROLLI, DMA
Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, School of Music, USA

Dr. MICHAEL WALSH, HonDD, FNCM, FTCL, GTCL, HonALPMC
Principal, National College of Music, Examination Board, England









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The Academy's professional and specialist assessments (accredited training certificates and graduate certificates) are available with our proven learning method entitled 'Interactive Tutorial and Video System (asynchronous)'.


A Academia Livre Nacional de PMC é uma instituição sem fins lucrativos, considerada de direito público sem personalidade jurídica, fundada de acordo com o artigo 195.º do Código Civil (Artigo 2 do DL 272/97 de 8 de Outubro). O Conservatório Interativo@™ é a instituição de ensino certificado e pós-graduado pertencente à Academia.


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