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 Online Site of Academy of the musician's club and the 3 professional and specialist musical colleges

ACADEMIA LIVRE DE PERFORMERS DE MÚSICA CONTEMPORÂNEA
CONSERVATÓRIO INTERATIVO
Musicians' association - professional & graduate college - specialist colleges


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 the musicians' association, professional & graduate college and specialist colleges (i.e., 1 interactive conservatoire for professional and graduate studies - C.I. and 2 practitioner societies) - an independent organisation considered of public right, without legal personality (according to its charter and affiliations), working hard to become the Portugal's authority for Popular Music Performers, integrating the Lusophone hot club (musicians' association for Members) & interactive orchestras/ensembles, and the 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 continuous dissemination. The C.I. provides the 1st distance and accredited specialist diploma level & graduate level conservatory-style programmes in the world. 
It is a chartered organization for the Music of a national and international scope, made up of 4 bodies, through the creation of a musician's club, a graduate conservatory and the administration of 2 practitioner societies, owned by Academia Livre de PMC, Portugal.
We do not receive any government funding and if you can support the organisation please do not hesitate to become a member and send us the suggested small donation, as a professional or amateur musician, or simply an enthusiast. We accept members, specialist diploma candidates and postgraduate certificate students, and fellowship CPD trainees.

-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 training purposes under the auspieces of the Ministry of Culture (BNP, RNOD, APEL & IGAC) and externally accredited for awarding qualifications of professional and graduate studies-
Our 2 Specialist Colleges' Journals - Click here
The Interactive Conservatory's approval in the Official Register of Portugal - 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 (bnportugal.gov.pt)

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



Photos of the Secretariat of the Musicians' Association (our virtual Club for Members), Professional & Graduate College (the Conservatoire) and the Specialist Colleges (the 2 official Societies for Fellows and Honorary Members)


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 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, 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. It is the National Academy for the Lusophone hot club (musician's association), interactive Conservatory (professional and graduate college) and 2 practitioner Societies (specialist colleges), based in Portugal. The entity delivers approved higher level Professional/Vocational and Graduate Education not-for-profit; it's NOT a music college for delivering 1st degree courses (bachelors or equivalent degree training in year 3 of an undergraduate degree programme). As an umbrella body the Academy represents professional musicians and teachers within 3 official bodies - the professional & graduate conservatory and 2 societies.
We publish 6 practitioner-scientific journal editions each year for our Members and Fellows of the 4 Academy bodies - the Lusophone Hot Club (musician's association), Interactive Conservatory (professional and graduate college) and 2 Practitioner Societies (specialist colleges), 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 an officially approved higher level SPECIALIST DIPLOMA and POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE, and the additional professional FELLOWSHIP CERTIFICATION (for Advanced CPD 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). 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 (i.e., diploma stages) and the additional programme of fellowship (advanced training)
Our Conservatory Programme is recognised by the Ministry of Culture in Portugal

Curriculum Assessment and Assessment Tests in Popular Music:
The 3 Academic Levels (Stages) of Professional Diploma level studies are moderated education and placements/in-job training coordinated by the Office-Worker, and were designed and officially approved to provide a comprehensive method of Academical (Course Syllabuses) and Work-Based Competence (Placements). They Must be taken in sequence, except for Music degree holders which are exempt of doing the Academy level 1 qualification. 
This Academy does not direct Accredited Training below the conservatory grade 8 in music performance (i.e., the minimum comparable standard to the academy stage 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:
School education required and pre-requisite music qualification for level 1 - 12 years of schooling or an equivalent conservatory graded exam + EQF level 4 qualification with or without credit attached in any music or arts subject/field, with 1500 hours of total learning time, assessments and placement supervisions. The EQF level 4 training will be the 'Stage 0' of the Academy Diploma Programme as this programme 'Only Delivers' higher education level continuing education units and placements.
The Academy's Level I (there is no suffix/professional designation for this programme - it is Stage 1 of the DipALPMC-CI Programme) - 5 months to complete 80 hours of short modules for 1st and 2nd instruments - preceedes a 15-week curricular performance placement for 370 hours of job-based training (6 live performances/gigs including the 'Prep time' [i.e., '1 week prep' and '1 week live perf' for 12 weeks] and a 13-page project/synthesis for a Final Assessment TEST as per our accredited syllabuses - performances may be for solo work, in duet or trio - either for instrumental music or with vocals). This is a total of 450 hours compatible to year 1 'optional elective units' (not core units) of higher level education and training.
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 attend distance education).
NOTE: Candidates without the EQF level 4 qualification in music or arts who completed 12 years of schooling are also welcome to apply with proof of 5 years of music performance experience. They also earn the Diploma award but not the EQF level 4 stage of 1500 hours in this case.
Foundation Training and Intermediate I Assessment
*DipALPMC-CI - Specialist Diploma in Popular Music (another 4 months and 1/2 to complete 80 hours of short modules - preceedes a 15-week curricular performance placement for 370 hours of job-based training (6 live performances/gigs including the 'Prep time' [i.e., '1 week prep' and '1 week live perf' for 12 weeks] and a 13-page project/synthesis for a Final Assessment TEST as per our accredited syllabuses - performances may be for solo work, in duet or trio - either for instrumental music or with vocals). This is a total of 450 hours compatible to year 1 'optional elective units' (not core units) of higher level education and training (a non-degree, accredited professional diploma qualification), and a direct access to the postgraduate certificate course.
Intermediate I Continuous Training and Assessment
*PgCertALPMC-CI - Postgraduate Certificate in Popular Music (4 months and 1/2 for 80 hours of short modules and 170 hours for a 30-page project/synthesis as the final assessment test). This is a total of 250 hours of graduate level 'optional elective units'.
It is NOT equivalent to a degree (in the same way as an accredited Licentiate level Diploma from UK, Canada or Australia, etc. is not equivalent). The Academy's interactive Conservatoire is NOT a College for degree courses. For a degree course please contact a music college. In Portugal there is the ESMAE (Porto), UA Arts and Communication Department (Aveiro) or ESML (Lisbon) for public higher education. With 'equivalent' we mean completing the additional units at degree level in a music college without going back to year 1 of the degree. This may be accepted as the description of the higher education institution. However degree holders can take more benefit from this Postgraduate Certificate if they want to pursue a teaching career, by requiring an 'individual recognition/accreditation' of the PGCert Course in Popular Music from a Teaching Council in terms of continuing teacher education credits. In Portugal the minimum nº of effective learning hours is 250 hours. For more information on this issue please contact our Board Chairman. On the other hand, it is possible that candidates without the degree but who completed the Diploma programme and the Postgraduate Course may qualify for 'Direct Entry' to a Professional Masters in Popular Music Performance or Jazz Performance (not in Music Teaching for which the degree completion is always mandatory), but this is also at the description of each higher education institution.
Advanced Intermediate II Training and Assessment
The Academy's Levels II and III are good for solo and session musicians, orchestral musicians and teachers
The Academy programmes (training levels) have continuing assessment (course modules) and final assessment (written project), in accordance to our externally accredited syllabuses.
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 Guitar.
 
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 EBGDA of Viola Toeira or Amarantina of Cape Verde adopted to the Viola Braguesa. 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 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- 
        Academia Livre de Performers de Música Contemporânea - Conservatório Interativo is an umbrella organization chartered in Portugal. It is registered under the brand name and trade-mark of Academia Livre de PMC - Conservatório Interativo@™ (ALPMC-CI, Portugal), and was founded in April of 2011 by Professor Carlos Viegas, for contemporary music performers based in Portugal and other European countries, and Brazil. It is the Academy of the musicians' association, professional & graduate college and specialist colleges (an independent organisation considered of public right, without legal personality) - chartered as a publishing body for educational purposes under the auspieces of the Ministry of Culture in Portugal (BNP, RNOD, APEL & IGAC), that purposes to be an official umbrella organisation in Portugal for musicians (both amateurs and professionals) and private music tutors, integrating the Lusophone Hot Club (the musicians' association for Members), interactive orchestras/ensembles, and administers the interactive conservatoire (professional & graduate college for post-secondary further education diploma level and graduate level programmes - i.e., professional and graduate studies) and 2 practitioner societies for Fellows and Honorary Members (specialist colleges with fellowship certification programmes for Advanced CPD), and operates the 1st distance and accredited professional & graduate conservatoire programmes in the world, providing membership, music education resources for the youth (conservatory preparation at grade 5 and grade 7 level music performance, both classical and popular), regulated (accredited) professional specialist diplomas for music performers and graduate certificates (i.e., our Diploma level programme and Graduate level course). It must be clear that the Academy does NOT provide any degree level course for an upgrade on top of the Diploma qualification and does NOT suggest a degree equivalency for its EQF level 6/7 postgraduate certificate, as well as do NOT provide an higher education qualification level for the DipALPMC-CI, nor for the PgCertALPMC-CI. We state at our website that it is at EQF level 5 in terms of "Educational Standard Only" and because it received specific Accreditation at specialist diploma level (diplomado especializado) and graduate course level (curso de especialização/pós-graduação) from an higher education organic unit (the continuing education centre at UFP, Porto), and we keep our officially authorised syllabuses updated internally and re-structured at the ALPMC-CI - Portugal's authority for Popular Music Performers. Candidates interested in a performance degree must contact higher education colleges and universities to check which one can accept our professional Specialist Diploma for "Progression into Year 3 of a Performance Degree", without commiting to the full year 2, valuing the total of 2400 hours of learning at level 4 (the required stage 0) and level 5 (stages 1 and 2 at the Academy). Our PGCert is also considered at EQF level 6/7, true, but this is in terms of Educational Standard Only, as it is not equivalent to a 1st degree; it is beyond a degree in music, with the aim of obtaining a graduate level qualification (or graduate level degree after its individual approval with a Teaching Council for degree holders or equivalent) in a music specialty of your interest. We accept Members, Professional Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate students, and Fellows. On the other hand, candidates without a degree but who hold both the Dip and PgCert for Professional Performers from the Academy would also be accepted for a Professional Masters in Music Performance (not in Teaching for which a 3-year undergraduate degree is always mandatory), but this would be at the description of higher education music colleges. The academy does Not receive any government funding but yet the 2 Academy Specialist Colleges (i.e., official practitioner societies) deliver fellowships/advanced training programmes (non bursary/non stipend) at No Charge for PgCert holders - it is called the 'graduate fellowship support' for post-Graduate CPD.
Our Popular Music courses were endorsed and certified in 3 qualification levels at an higher education centre in Portugal (the ES-CEFOC, Porto). As an umbrella organisation the Academy represents musicians and teachers within its 4 bodies (the musicians' association, the interactive conservatoire and the 2 practitioner 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 the academy's website domain name denotes our tribute to the history of the Portuguese Monarchy.
We do Not deliver Undergraduate Diploma programmes within the 1st cycle of higher education awarded by a University, but instead we offer independent conservatoire prepartion online, and 3 accredited training Stages/levels tailored to your needs, and chartered for academic credit of continuing education that can be used as the Optional electives and Projects at year 1 and year 2 of a diploma of higher education programme. Usually 900 hours total of Core electives at College or University is enought to complete an Undergraduate Diploma accepted internationally (completing 2400 hours total time as the minimum to be equivalent to 2 years at college - EQF level 4 and level 5). The pre-requisite for this at the Academy is holding an EQF Level 4 qualification in music or the arts with 1500 hours taken at any professional school or Ministry of Education registered professional training centre, which will be your 'Stage 0' of the Academy Diploma programme. This depends on the qualification and number of credits the candidate wants to receive. The Academy's Specialist Diploma would be taken separately from this. It is the own decision of the candidate to use the qualification at University or not. 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).

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 Diploma 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 accepts other people for membership and/or an educational programme.

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, under the auspices of 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) Specialist Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates in 3 Training Stages, and the additional professional Fellowship Certification for Advanced CPD delivered by our 2 Specialist Societies Journals for professional performers and junior researchers, assessed through DVD submission and essay abstract publication under the authority of the Academy 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, Professional Diploma in Popular Music [DipALPMC-CI] and Postgraduate Certificate in Popular Music [PgCertALPMC-CI], including a 13-page project for the final assessment test at each learning level, and also Fellowship advanced CPD (Non-bursary or stipend) [Music Performance and Music Analysis 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 with the musicians' club to access an Educational Programme. 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 Stage 1 Training Certificate of the Specialist Diploma Programme will be awarded after presenting proof of 12 years of schooling or an equivalent conservatory grade examination, in conjunction with an EQF level 4 music qualification (required for both cases), and passing 2 Performance Assessment Tests at ALPMC-CI Stage 1, for 1st and 2nd instruments, corresponding to 450 hours for stage 1 (includes 80 hours of short modules for continuous assessment + 370 hours in a 15-week curricular intermediate Performer's placement for 6 live performances incluing the 'prep' hours ('1 week Prep' - '1 week Live performance/gig', for 12 weeks) and a 13-page project for the Final Assessment Test - the 450 hours are consistent to 'year 1' 'units' with in-job training and project; 25 hours each ECTS credit. The programme curriculum received accreditation/authorisation for both the Modules and to organise a Final Assessment Test). This Training is Part 1 of the DipALPMC-CI (not a stand-alone qualification), and it 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 placement training) 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 educational programme culminates with the professional qualification of DipALPMC-CI - Specialist Diploma in Popular Music (another 450 hours for stage 2: includes 80 hours of short modules for continuous assessment + 370 hours in a 15-week curricular intermediate Performer's placement for 6 live performances incluing the 'prep' hours ('1 week Prep' - '1 week Live performance/gig', for 12 weeks) and a 13-page project for the Final Assessment Test - the 450 hours are consistent to 'year 2' 'units' with in-job training and project; 25 hours each ECTS credit. The programme curriculum received accreditation/authorisation for both the Modules and to organise a Final Assessment Test). The ultimate professional qualification is the PgCertALPMC-CI - Postgraduate Certificate in Popular Music (250 hours - includes the curriculum modules in 1st and 2nd instruments for continuous assessment and a final assessment test (a 30-page written project of advanced musical analysis in popular music performance with a description of the extemporization or improvisation techniques used) - these 250 hours are consistent to graduate level 'units' with a research project (it is NOT compatible to year 3 units of a degree - it is a certificate course beyond a 3-year degree, which was designed to enter Specialist Diploma holders with or without a degree); usually 25 hours for each ECTS credit). "Diploma Especializado (qualificação profissional para músicos performers) e Curso de Especialização, ambos em Música Popular Contemporânea", for professional musicians and/or music tutors that pass 4 Performance Assessment Tests at ALPMC-CI Stages 2 and 3, for 1st and 2nd instruments, with Continuing, Psychological & Final Assessments, and 1 short project/synthesis at diploma level (4 pages including a 200-word introduction).
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 our Postgraduate Certificate (Especialização) with the specialization course-syllabus in popular music, trainees are required to complete a minimum of 250 hours of Academy level 3 learning including an academic project. Our syllabuses were academically approved for recognition of continuing education credits/units for professional musicians and teachers of music. Our programmes are specialist diploma level and postgraduate qualifications by nature, concentrated in performance and/or theory. Along with our 2 accredited qualifications, performing musicians and private music tutors may keep their Membership with the musicians' association (the Lusophone hot club for Members) for receiving Professional Development. They can also enroll in the Fellowship training after 1 year of post-Qualification and become registered with one of our 2 specialist colleges.
Each course/programme part/level should be completed within 5 months.

Our accredited non-degree 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 professional & 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 Professional Diploma programme in Popular Music, 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 acceptance in the Fellowship (CPD Training at post-Graduate level) the registration of Fellow member [FPMC or FPMC(EM), depending on the society chosen by the applicant] will be awarded from 1 of these 2 Practitioner Societies. The Fellowship does Not lead to an accredited Certificate of the 'Royal' Free Academy of PMC but since your research proposal is accepted you can produce an essay of independent research and submit it for publication. For "Accredited Education and Qualifications" we offer the Professional Diploma (450 hours for Part 1 and 450 hours for Part 2) and the Postgraduate Certificate (250 hours) which are both made up of 'accredited Units and authorised Assessments', and are used as the pre-requisites for the Fellowship CPD Training, and become a Fellow member with one of our 2 Societies (Specialist Colleges). The Society of Performance in PMC has 4 journal editions each year and a mini recording studio for producing journal CDs and instrumental Music albums.
         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, coupled with work-based training (placements), and a practical written project essay at each level to help you succeed as a professional musician and/or private teacher.
        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 (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 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 Professional & 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 different 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 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 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 MUSICIANS' ASSOCIATION, PROFESSIONAL & GRADUATE COLLEGE AND SPECIALIST COLLEGES

Board Chairman and Director of the General Assembly (voluntary positions) 
Professor CARLOS VIEGAS 
Postdoctoral Cert(UFP), NCM Research Fellow, FNCM[MEC], PgCert, BMus(Ord)(LCM/ICMP), HonALPMC, HonLittD, PostDoc

Maintains the Professional & Graduate College and Specialist Colleges of the Academy, at the secretariat based in Anadia, Aveiro, Portugal.

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

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

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

Predoctoral and Postdoctoral research:
He took a UFP 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 on a voluntary basis, and usually presents his new research developments in the University's Research Days each year.
Commissioned for NCM Research Fellow (Predoctoral, 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 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 '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.




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, FNCM, FTCL, GTCL(Honours Degree), HonALPMC, HonDD, FGMS
Principal, National College of Music, Examination Board, England









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