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.

  The Official Heritage Website of the ALPMC-CI

Portugal's professional and graduate certification center and specialist societies for aspiring musicians, professional musicians and teachers

Motto: Encouraging - Promoting - Advancing
Mission: setting the Hallmark of International Standardization for 40 Musical Specialties and 15 Subjects, and continuously raise the highest standards in Contemporary Popular Music.
A SCIENTIFIC ACADEMY - The National Academy of the professional and graduate certification center and specialist societies in contemporary popular music (i.e., interactive conservatoire and 2 scientific journal societies) - an independent (i.e., without legal personality) umbrella entity and publisher, considered of public interest (according to its charter and affiliate organizations), committed as a Lusophone authority for Popular Music Performers at an international scope, integrating the musicians' association for Members including its interactive orchestras/ensembles, and 2 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 continuous dissemination. The C.I. provides the 1st officially approved distance tutorial system and professional certification in the world with accredited training levels. The entity maintains internationally important e-library and digital archive collections of aproximately 1,004,000 music manuscript editions and audio recordings apart from a separate mini library collection of over 2,500 books, e-books, journals, e-journals and concert programme notes, published by the entity and other publishers.

It is a chartered organization for the Music of a national and international scope, made up of 3 bodies, through the creation of a musician's association (the interactive conservatory) and 2 specialist societies, owned by Academia Livre de PMC - CI, Portugal.
We do not receive any government funding. If you can support the organisation please do not hesitate to become a Member or Member-Candidate and send us the suggested small donation, as an amateur or professional musician, or simply an enthusiast.

-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 (

-Chartered Entity-Publisher for the purposes of training 'Music Performers' under the auspieces of the Ministry of Culture (BNP, RNOD, APEL & IGAC) and externally accredited for awarding specialist qualifications for popular music performers after passing the assessments in 3 stages-
Our 2 Specialist Societies' Journals - Click here
The Interactive Conservatory's validation in the National Library's List of Partners - Click here 

Registration Authorities - BNP Quote ISSN 66/2013 & BNP Quote ISSN 42/2019: M.P.P. 165 V. & M.P.P. 137 V. (Practitioner-type Journals)
Registered with the ISSN National Agency & DL Service
BNP - Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Ministry of Culture (

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

Photos of the Academy Secretariat

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 53 euros which includes Training, Professional Certification as a Musician (amateur or aspiring professional, and higher level) and Specialist Diploma (graduate level). In the following years the member donation would be just 15 euros to receive 6 advantages. Membership in the ALPMC - CI includes the subscription of 3 Online Practitioner Journals each year. 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 55 Musical Specialties and Subjects, the '4 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 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.

The ALPMC – CI maintains internationally important mini-library collections and e-library archive collections containing more than 1,500,000 titles and editions - this is an historic milestone from a music organisation.
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 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 1,000,000 editions and titles include music scores with music manuscripts 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 1,500+ items (our 1st library!) such as books, e-books, journals, e-journals and 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 6 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 40 musical specialties and 15 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 1,000,000 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.
The board chairman plans to achieve this important milestone of more than 1,000,000 titles and editions in 2020 - 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.

We publish 6 practitioner-scientific journal editions each year for our Members and Fellows of the 3 Academy bodies - the Interactive Conservatory (an independent authority for certifying amateur and contemporary professional musicians) and 2 Practitioner Societies, and for the National Library of Portugal.

"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."

"Nothing but the MUSIC."

"The MUSIC has it all - Freedom and a bit of Madness, coupled with high Discipline."

"There is only 'One Music'."

"Express yourself through Music by developing 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."

"Musicians are slaves to the music at some point and give it to people in a venue as they enjoy it - but musicians are not slavers to the businesses; they should get reasonable paid for the musical work done."

"Musicians are all different – this may be called ‘diversity’; that’s why they should have the freedom to have their own approaches and styles of playing when they are part of a band, whatever the musical style. And of course they should get paid for the work done, unless it is a voluntary situation."

"People naturally listen to music as an art because they like to listen to it and need music in their daily lives, whatever the musical style that is performed. And we, musicians and artists, thank people from our heart. It is a professional activity or ocupation of musicians and artists that enriches people's souls, relaxes in times of stress and brings people together."

"Music increases the quality of life, it is the most powerful therapy, and cannot be used as a throwing gun. No prejudice, whether sung or instrumental, what matters is that it gets into people's ears."

"I believe that contemporary popular music solo improvisation (in any style of music or situation) and classical music extemporisation are entertaining and powerful tools that musicians should study and practise for the profession; but for this to make the desired effect and give 'life' to the music, or to make people dancing for example a cakewalk, waltz or tango solo, etc., it must be approached as spontaneous or mini compositions written by a trained professional musician using a writing style specifically for it, after the harmony analysis (the analytical and practical approach of the music) for choosing the appropriate scale, mode, arpeggio and intervallic improvisation options, written by names on each bar (just as an example: 'C Dorian' and 'Sim.', for the 1st 2 bars) of the soloing charts of popular music songs or classical and jazz pieces."

(Carlos Viegas)

"...I feel that improvisation is one of the most important things to be a musician." (Malmsteen)
"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)

"Music comes first, whatever the musical style that is spoken." (Pat Metheny)

55 CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PERFORMANCE SPECIALTIES & SUBJECTS AVAILABLE - you may choose a different specialty for the 3 accredited qualification levels
NOTE: Our Interactive Conservatory's Technical and Continuing Education Programme was accredited at an Organic Unit Centre of an HEI, and the Academy is validated as an entity publisher (not-for-profit) by the Ministry of Culture.

--Certificate and Specialist Diploma Assessments in Popular Music for Member-Candidates--
This Academy DOES NOT direct any Diploma programme consistent to year 3 of a degree course, 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.

There is no requirement for previous academic education - any amateur or professional musician can train and apply for certification at 3 stages (up to the technical higher level). Upon completion of each level, an e-Certificate (signed and colour printable) will be issued.
*The ALPMC-CI Stage 1 - Certificate of Foundation Training (80 hours of technical music training)
Continuing Education for 1st and 2nd instruments. Video-performances are presented with royalty-free "Play-Alongs" (specifically created by the certification moderator with a licensed 'Band in a box' software) at stage 1, for a Trio or Quartet.
For both amateur and aspiring professional musicians - the minimum age is 17 to register for Stage 1 (a signature from a parent or guardian is required to participate in distance tutorial education).
Foundation Training and Intermediate I Assessment

*The ALPMC-CI Stage 2 - Professional Certificate (80 hours of higher music training) - The CertALPMC-CI (Certificação Profissional em Música Popular) may be issued for a total of 160 hours if the trainee exits the programme at the end of this stage.
Continuing Education for 1st and 2nd instruments. Video-performances should be for Unaccompanied Solo Work.
Intermediate I Continuous Training and Assessment

*The ALPMC-CI Stage 3 - Specialist Diploma (80 hours of technical music training at the graduate level + aprox. 40 hours gained for a brief written analysis (2 pages)) describing the instrumental music techniques used (120 hours total).

The professional designation would be DipPerfALPMC-CI (Diploma Especializado de 'Performer' em Música Popular) - ***The music performance standard is compatible to practical modules at QNQ/EQF Level 6 for the continuing education accreditation received (called 'further education' at the higher level in some countries) in our popular music programme [proof of this specialist qualification approval (3 stages) is abtainable from the Academy's Secretariat for registered Member-Candidates]. Holders of the CertALPMC-CI are automatically eligible to register for Stage 3. Holders of the CTeSP Diploma from Portugal (EQF Higher Level 5) in a Music subject or another equivalent qualification from another country are also welcome to apply.
Continuing Education for 1st and 2nd instruments. Video-performances should be for Unaccompanied Solo Work. Good sight reading and improvisational skills are required. All learning materials, moderation and assessments will be provided to 'MEMBER-CANDIDATES Without Paying Any College Fees' for the recognised distance education undertaken. This is a good opportunity for Professional Certification as a Performer - Accompanist (level 1) and Instrumentalist (level 3)
Advanced Intermediate II Training and Assessment

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.

15 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.
The Tunings we use for some Portuguese Folk Instruments, the Brazilian Cavaquinho and the Hawaiian Ukulele:
Please note that the Portuguese folk instruments and the ukulele are available at the 1 Amateur and 2 Professional levels (the level 3 certification is at the higher level) and we use 3 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 DBGD for the soprano Ukulele, Brazilian Cavaquinho and Portuguese Cavaquinho for chords and rhythm playing, and the G Tuning for song melodies and solos. EC#F#DA is for Viola Braguesa chords and rhythm playing - The Tuning EBGDA of Viola Toeira (from Coimbra) is used for the Viola Braguesa for performing contemporary popular music and jazz melodies and solos (similar to the guitar tuning). The Rajão also uses this tuning.
Rhythm playing Techniques used are:
For Cavaquinho is the 'Varejamento' and for Viola Braguesa is the 'Rasgado'.

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, etc.
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.

        Academia Livre de Performers de Música Contemporânea - Conservatório Interativo is an umbrella organization chartered in Portugal with an international scope to Portuguese, Brazilian, Cakewalk, Jazz and many Fusions and music specialties. It is a goverment protected organization, registered under the brand name and trade-mark of Academia Livre de PMC - Conservatório Interativo@™ (ALPMC-CI), and it was founded in April of 2011 by Professor Carlos Viegas (Postdoctoral Research Fellow), for contemporary music Performers based in Europe and Brazil. It is Portugal's Scientific Academy of the professional and graduate certification center and specialist societies in contemporary popular music (practitioner journal societies) (an independent organisation: i.e. without legal personality)) - Chartered (i.e., considered of public 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, RNOD, APEL & 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 2 practitioner societies for Fellows and Honorary Members (practitioner journal societies with fellowship training for Advanced Training), and operates the 1st distance and accredited professional certification system in the world, providing membership, music education resources for the youth within the Interactive Youth Orchestra of the musician's association (our college preparation at grades 1-5 level classical music pieces and grade 6 level with improvisation skills (eg. 'Take 5'), accredited Continuing Education for professional awards for Popular Music Performers; with unaccompanied solo pieces at grade 8 level and beyond with improvisation charts in 40 different specialties; eg: 'Sons de Carrilhões', 'The Entertainer', 'Spain', etc., for solo performance with the most advanced improvisation and technical skills required for each song, chosen from 5 repertoire lists. The Academy does NOT provide a Degree level Diploma programme delivered by distance learning methods in partnership with a college or university. The organisation provides a 3-stage Specialist Diploma level (Diploma de nível de Especialização) to Member Candidates, without charging any College Fees. The academy does Not receive any government funding and does not charge course fees nor assessment (external exam) fees. The 2 Academy Specialist Societies deliver Fellowships/Advanced Training (non bursary/non stipend) to DipALPMC-CI holders - it is called the 'Fellowship Support' (advanced training for Diploma 'graduates'). The aim of the Interactive Conservatory is to assess the knowledge and abilities of accompanists and instrumentalists.
Our Popular Music courses were endorsed and certified in 3 qualification levels at a continuing higher education centre in Portugal (the ES-CEFOC, Porto). As an umbrella organisation the Academy represents musicians and teachers within its 3 bodies (the professional musicians' association (interactive conservatoire) and the 2 practitioner societies)). 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 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, Ukulele, Braguesa Viola (10-string guitar) or another Portuguese viola, Rajão from Madeira, Applied Music Theory, Traditional Percussion, Foot Drumming and Carlophone (Available Soon), from Folk Music to pre-30s Jazz, with members in Portugal and abroad. There are 500+ Assessments (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 fellowship training 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 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 DipPerfALPMC-CI Assessments and an e-Certificate awarded upon completion depending on the foundation and higher levels/stages completed, 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 certification 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 would be DipPerfALPMC-CI (Diploma de Especialização de 'Performer' em Música Popular - 80 horas + aprox. 40 horas para uma síntese descritiva de análise musical para a avaliação final (2 páginas - 600 palavras com duplo espaçamento - excluindo figuras de excertos musicais) com créditos de formação contínua, não-docente (i.e., 120 horas de UCs para músicos e outros profissionais), e elegível à solicitação da acreditação pelo CCPFC a título individual no caso dos docentes. Este curso de especialização está disponível aos membros-candidatos que possuam o CertALPMC-CI (Certificação Profissional em Música Popular: etapas 1 e 2 no 1º e 2º instrumentos - 160 horas, ou um Diploma de Técnico Superior Profissional na área da Música, ou o equivalente de país estrangeiro)) [please note that the CertALPMC-CI may be issued only if the member-candidate exits the programme at the end of stage 2].

        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 40 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. 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.), 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 & 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 Academy's Secretariat hold instruments of high professional quality for producing video-presentations. Our Library, e-Library, Digital Archive and Mini-Library, located in the Secretariat and deposited and archived in the National Library of Portugal, holds more than 1,004,000 (in electronic format) editions and titles including books, e-books, manuscripts, journals, e-journals, audio and video recordings and academic articles – from whose 99,8% are the Academy’s own editions and titles.
The Free Academy of PMC, Portugal, is the national scientific academy for non-profit Music Training, Research and Publishing.
We publish 6 practitioner-scientific journal editions each year for our Members and Fellows of the Musicians' Association, Interative Conservatory and 2 Practitioner Societies, and for the National Library of Portugal.

A brief history:
The "Royal" Free Academy of PMC - Interactive Conservatory 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 diploma 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 40 musical specialties and more than 15 different subjects. It is the national cultural and scientific academy for the music sector, through the creation of the professional musicians' association (interactive conservatory) and 2 practitioner societies - the 3 bodies of the "Royal" Free Academy of PMC - CI. 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 das Especialidades Musicais) 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 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, 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. 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 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 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 Music (Patrono da Marcha e Música 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. 

ACADEMY BOARD (changes done in September 2019)
Founder and Board Chairman (non paid position)
Postdoctoral qualification, NCM Research Fellow, FNCM [MEC], PGCert, ICMP Perf.Cert, ALCM (RGT Reg.), HonALPMC, HonLittD, FGMS

Maintains the Professional Musicians' Association (Interactive Conservatory) and 2 Specialist Societies at the Academy's Secretariat based in Anadia, Aveiro, Portugal.

A Virtuoso Instrumentalist (guitar pioneer for 'Stride' Guitar and 'Stride Jazz Guitar'=combining Guitar and Bass, Percussion, Foot Drums and Kazoo, simultaneously, producing a Quintet! - combined with Contemporary and Acoustic Fusion elements in Portuguese, Brazilian, Cakewalk and Jazz Music), Composer of Contemporary Popular Music and Modern Orchestral Arranger

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

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

Predoctoral level and Postdoctoral qualifications:
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 PostDoc researcher on a voluntary basis, and usually presents his new research developments in the University's Research Days each year, as well as a Lecture (Palestra/Aula aberta) on the Lusophone influencies in the development of Jazz music, at other venues.
Commissioned for NCM Research Fellow (Predoctoral level, with the collaboration of MEC, UK), 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 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 '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.

BOARD ADJUNCT (non paid position) 
Winner of 'Prémio Amália' for Best Bassist

CEO of TV Portuguese Monarchy


EXTERNAL ACADEMICS and PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS have agreed to provide voluntary peer-feedback for practitioner articles that are produced for publication in our 3 Practitioner Music and Music Education Journals. They were invited members and honorary members for the Peer Council.

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

Mr. PEDRO MADALENO, Perf.Dip (Berklee), Graduates studies (New School), HonALPMC - Advisor in Jazz Affairs
Teacher, Escola Superior de Tecnologias e Artes de Lisboa (Music Programme) 

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

Principal, National College of Music Exam Board, England, UK

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