Double Specialization versus academic Master degree (dupla Especialização vs Mestrado académico)

The two second-level graduate qualifications and degree are:

- Specialist level degree versus academic degree of MMus or MA -

Different from our double Specialization program (programa de dupla Especialização) in Popular Music - Guitar, a master degree is NOT so much recommended to deepen your knowledge in a practitioner (vocationally-oriented) specific area, but more to proceed and extend the academic studies. A master's degree is more flexible than a specialization because you can change your subject/field studied during your bachelor degree to redirect your academic career or profession.Thus, our specialization is focused and centered on practical, artistic and professional issues of music performance, from traditional to contemporary music (including microtonal solo performance and orchestral band performance), with optional (extra-curricula) non-credit CPD activities, excellent to include on your resume/CV or professional portfolio. For us, 2 Specializations in Popular Music - Guitar at second-level (1 for classical guitar and the other for plectrum guitar plus some optionals on Lusophone chordophones; and a professional placement/CPD which is a Not compulsory activity for curriculum enrichment, but well recommended) equate to a professional or practice-based master degree. All of our program components and options are academically accredited and professionally certified for the purpose. When a candidate completes 2 Specializations, the theory requirements (module components/units) will be waved/compensated and 2 separate Certificates may be awarded for the Continuing Education Diploma (DipALPMC-CI); or at the best, 1 Diploma for both will be issued with the total number of academically accredited training hours if completed in sequence, i.e., with no more than 1 year of discrepancy or interruption between them in the 2-Part Program. The Diploma version is ONLY for Degree holders, and the professional initials will be PgALPMC-CI (denoting vocational postgraduate training).

A Non-Masters Graduate Option officially approved for a Specialist level degree:

The ALPMC-CI™ (an academy-Band of Music with public interest) welcomes students who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent to take graduate courses as a non-degree student, in our graduate Specialization (Especialização de graduados) program in Popular Music – Theory/Composition, or Guitar with optional plectrum string instruments.

This pioneering training program is directed by a distance and online tutorial system from Banda Conservatório Interativo (CI) with learning psychology evaluations for working the profile of musicians following 10 aesthetic principles of music, for helping musicians to discover their ideal music specialties according to detected psychology traits.

The ALPMC-CI is a graduate centre opened to both graduate (for the PgALPMC-CI professional qualification) and non-graduate (for the ‘exit’ CertALPMC-CI qualification) students, and is also a very large international Collection of music compositions, books, ebooks, society journals (ISSNs), and inventor of the Grand Carlophone with Foot Percussion musical instrument.



(Em Português)

O PgALPMC-CI Não é uma qualificação de professores. Consiste numa Especialização em Popular Music (com foco na Música Tradicional de vários países e Jazz/standards). Os créditos de formação contínua referentes à carga horária poderão eventualmente ser convalidados a título individual (a pedido do próprio requerente junto da instituição competente) para a formação contínua de professores, em qualquer país Europeu. Em Portugal a instituição reguladora para este efeito é o CCPFC em Braga.


The approval ('aval') (obtained at a CCPFC accredited and University affiliated Training Center) of the continuing education units/modules for our Specialization program in Popular Music - Guitar is bound ('vinculada') to the rules/regulations of the Scientific-Pedagogic Council of Continuing Education, Portugal (CCPFC) for music/music education teachers and trainers, for 272 hours of continuing education (25 hours is equal to 1 credit). The 272 hours total eligible for continuing education credit conversion include both the Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar (or classical guitar performance in popular music and jazz styles) and Jazz Guitar (or plectrum/electric guitar) in Stage 3 of the program (i.e., 120 hours + 40 hours for the 2 guitar concentrations), and the specially oriented musical theory relevant and practical for both guitar types (84 hours + 28 hours).

"Postgraduate education (graduate education in North America) involves learning and studying for academic or professional degrees, academic or professional certificates, academic or professional diplomas, or other qualifications for which a first or bachelor's degree generally is required, and it is normally considered to be part of higher education". (Wikipedia)

Em Português

Certificação da Formação Contínua em Popular Music – Guitarra:

(os 3 níveis/etapas de especialização da ALPMC - CI)

Nota: estes 3 níveis não denotam os níveis 1, 2 e 3 do Quadro Nacional de Qualificações, mas sim as 3 etapas da formação contínua (i.e. pós-secundária).

A carga horária que recebeu o aval* equivale a créditos de formação contínua (25 horas por crédito de formação contínua), validáveis (ou convalidáveis) em ECTS numa pós-graduação (parte curricular de mestrado) ou mestrado em música.

*o aval recebido pelo Formador Coordenador do Programa da ALPMC – CI num Centro de Formação de instituição de ensino Portuguesa, é referente à formação contínua (ou continuada) com 84 horas de Formação Musical e 120 horas de Guitarra que culminam na Especialização vocacional (certificado no caso específico da guitarra e suas componentes e diploma se ambas as disciplinas forem concluídas), não conferente de grau académico. Este programa Não confere uma pós-graduação universitária, mas sim uma especialização certificada no mesmo nível.

O Presidente da Direção,

Carlos Alberto F Viegas