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, European and Lusophone Hot Dances, and Fusions.

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"MUSIC comes 1st which is each tune's Melody, as well as impromptu and solo improvisation; songs or pieces may be played on your own style, improvising and expressing your virtuosity and yourself through the MUSIC on stage, entertaining (engaging) the audience with your talents". (Carlos Al 'Grace')


Fundada em 2011


Formação contínua certificada: i.e. certificação intermédia pós-secundária e diploma de especialização (ou pós-graduação)

Estatutos públicos por DL e Incorporada, por Acordo Nacional RNOD, à Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal em 2019 (Public statutes by Legal Deposit and Incorporated, by RNOD National Charter, to the National Library of Portugal in 2019)




com as 6 sociedades científicas



A Academia-Orquestra é uma instituição musical de investigação e especialização/pós-graduação para músicos performers e professores de música, com Acordo Nacional (privada mas oficializada) e vários reconhecimentos de instituições públicas e privadas oficializadas do setor da Cultura.



Motto: Encouraging - Promoting - Advancing in contemporary instrumental music, for both performance and research, to help musicians at the professional level, or simply at the amateur level;
Objectives: the Music, Art and Science connected; stimulating debate among Peers, and, Re-Inventing - Elevating the status of musicians at the concert level in a similar way to the regulated professions, with accredited qualifications for professional recognition. Thus, devoted to help musicians Serving people who love the Music, all over the world;
Mission: setting the Hallmark of International Standardization for 101 Musical Specialties and 13 Practical Subjects, and continuously raise the highest standards in Contemporary Popular Music, including avangard music, experimentalism and musical abstractionism;
Rationale: instituting Portugal's official organization for Popular and Contemporary Music Performance and Composition Practice, and for accredited courses and qualifications (at Certificate and Graduate levels).
 IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  The Interactive Conservatory (C.I. - as abbreviated in Portuguese) is the Training Ensemble of the LIVRE Academy of PMC.
NOTE: The ALPMC - CI™ National Council is a regulated music publisher and a training orchestra (i.e. a musical institution) operated as a non-profit organization under the RNOD National Charter (Acordo Nacional RNOD pela BNP, M|C) from the National Library of Portugal, Ministry of Culture. Our continuing education program is academically accredited and the 'Specialist degree' course in Popular Music [graduate level Specialization (or non-university Máster for 2 accredited Specialization courses) for degree holders] is selfregulated under CCPFC rules [self-regulation or 'regulamentação própria'(*) with the Scientific-Pedagogic Council of Teachers, in Portugal] to attract Graduate or Master credits transferable to a university Masters degree for both qualified school teachers (docentes profissionalizados) and qualified technical-subject (specialist) teachers (docentes técnicos especializados).
(*) Formador(es) creditado(s) pelo CCPFC e programa de Popular Music com aval obtido (autorização) num Centro de Formação Contínua de instituição de ensino superior Portuguesa através de um serviço de consultadoria científica e metodológica (Art.13º e Art.14º, e Nº2 e Nº4 do Art.12º do DL 22/2014 da lei Portuguesa).

The ALPMC - CI, CN is a Ministry of Culture's recognised entity for contemporary music Performers, of a national and international scope, made up of 8 sections (small departments) - i.e., the Academy, Interactive Conservatory and the 6 practitioner-type scientific societies (each one with an official body consisting of a ISSN and eISSN indexed journal for the printed and online versions/editions).
We do Not receive state funding. Our donors are private. If you can support the organisation please do not hesitate to become an Associate Member or Full Member and send us the suggested small donation, as an amateur musician or professional musician.

Nonprofit Musical Institution Registered 2011 - Incorporated to the BNP by National Charter 2019
IGAC Registrations and Amendments of all Works [Our Collections are Licensed intellectual property]
IGAC Registered Artistic Names (a public service for Bands/Ensembles of Music) 
IGAC - Inspeção-Geral das Atividades Culturais, Ministry of Culture (

-Chartered Entity-Publisher for the purposes of training 'Music Performers' under the auspieces of the Ministry of Culture (BNP-ISSN-ISMN, RNOD, APEL-ISBN & IGAC - Registration Authorities) and externally accredited syllabuses for awarding 3 professional qualifications and the additional qualification of fellowship for popular music performers (foundation, professional, graduate level & fellowship/advanced training)
Our 6 Scientific Societies' Journals - Click here
The ALPMC - CI is a National Library of Portugal's Partner Organization, Ministry of Culture - Click here 

Registration Authorities - BNP Quote ISSN 66/2013 & BNP Quote ISSN 42/2019: M.P.P. 165 V., M.P.P. 137 V., M.P.P. 138 V., and others (14 practitioner-type journal editions each year for the 6 Academy scientific societies and its members and fellows).
We may search for some FLPMC Collections and the 6 scientific societies at the RNOD (click here
Approved with the ISSN National Agency & DL Service
BNP - Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Ministry of Culture (
Approved with the ISBN National Agency
APEL - Associação Portuguesa de Editores e Livreiros (

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

Please consider making a contribution to support the Academy's musical cause. It is a Donation of only 20 euros for becoming an Associate or Full Member and enjoy 7 benefits; an additional Donation of only 70 euros includes accredited training for certified professional qualifications for Musicians (aspiring professional and higher level professional) and to become a Specialist (graduate level) on a specific musical area.

You will receive copies of our 6 latest e-Journal Issues and e-CDs (music practitioner journal editions), and the access to excelent Music Performance and Music Learning Resources, as for example, academic e-books, high-quality sheet music in over 73 Musical Styles & 28 Specialties, and many Subjects, the 'I In VII' ensemble DVDs, 'the interactive man-orchestra DVDs', folk & traditional swing/jazz string sinfonietta, interactive metropolitan orchestra, ensembles (duo, trio or quartet), solo recitals, and the interactive youth orchestra for college level 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 Associate Members and Full Members (out of 100).

Continuing education unit credits can positively impact your career in several ways

The ALPMC – CI Mini-Library, e-Library and Archive Collection of Digital Objects such as eBooks, eMonographs, eJournals, Digital Music Scores, Recordings and Videos/DVDs will become the largest Resource in Contemporary Music Performance in Europe and one of the best for the Music in general. The 1,750,000 editions and titles include music scores with music manuscripts and digital music recordings, integrating the Academy Collections and the 14 'International Music Practitioner' Journal Editions published each year. This also includes the Mini-Library of 1,500+ items (our 1st library!) such as books, e-books, journals, e-journals and practitioner-type scientific articles in music and other fields, and some musical and video recordings, published by the Academy and other publishers and entities.

Academic publishing includes 14 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 101 musical specialties and 13 practical subjects, using standardized sheet music with common musical forms and structures, reproduced for the Int. Conservatory Collections.
The homogenized pop has had its fans in most countries in the world, but many of these nations have created their own indigenous pop out of their folk music.

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

We publish 14 practitioner-type journal editions each year for our Members and Fellows of the 6 sections - these are the "Royal" Free Academy of PMC (The Academy), Interactive Conservatory (an independent authority for training and educating amateur and professional musicians of contemporary and popular music) and 6 Scientific Societies; and for the National Library of Portugal.

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

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

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.



Em Português 
         A Academia-Orquestra (ALPMC-CI) é uma instituição musical de investigação e especialização/pós-graduação para músicos performers e professores de música, com Acordo Nacional (privada mas oficializada) e vários reconhecimentos de instituições públicas e privadas oficializadas do setor da Cultura. Publica 14 edições (ISSNs/eISSNs) no âmbito das suas 6 revistas, monografias e centenas de partituras/composições, por cada ano civil.

In English

        Academia Livre de PMC - Conservatório Interativo, or "Real" Academia Livre de Música, with the slogan "A Academia Livre de Portugal para o Avanço e Promoção da Performance Musical e da Arte e Ciência conetadas", property of Professor Carlos Alberto F. Viegas (UFP-GADI PostDoc), is a BNP Partner organization under a RNOD National Agreement (The National Register of Digital Objects, which publishes the official list of the Nation's organisations that are worthy of this preservation), acting as a musical authority in Portugal and Europe (National and European scope) dedicated and devoted to the advancement and research of Portuguese, Brazilian, Cakewalk and Traditional Jazz music, and many musical Fusions and musical Specialties, including Avangard music, Experimentalism and musical Abstractionism within the field of Contemporary Music Science. The musical collectivity is a regulated publisher of musical literature and training ensemble/band of music established on April 2011 with its names registered as a LITERARY Entity-BAND OF MUSIC (IGAC Certificate/Certidão IGAC of Literary name registration and Band of music name registration) with Royal affiliation and a RNOD National Charter (for plucked string instruments, traditional percussion and theory) denominated 'ALPMC-CI' with its Published Statutes by DL at the BNP and an IGAC partial Certificate of Band of Music Name Registration (Certidão simples de Registo do Nome de Banda de Música) issued under the IGAC regulations by the Ministry of Culture (M|C) for the 'Literary Entity-Band of Music' [FLPMC Colletions and Training Ensemble, and 6 official practitioner journals: scientific societies (12 ISSNs & eISSNs) - the training ensemble is for plucked string instruments, traditional percussion including the carlophone, and theory, through an approved asynchronous interactive system with 3 music performance assessment levels, and tutoring and psychology of music learning evaluations], and, for the registration and protection of its Name and Intellectual Property (Collections). The C.I. (Interactive Conservatory trademark) is the Training Program and Assessment System of this internationally acclaimed Collectivity, which is, juridically, a Literary Entity-Band of Music. Name Registration of Bands of Music in Portugal (Orchestras and Ensembles of any type or size) should be done with IGAC (Registration and Certificate) of the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, according to its regulations and the Portuguese law (for Name Registration and Protection). The Academy - CI works around a phylosophy that "MUSIC comes 1st which is each tune's Melody and variation of them, as well as solo improvisation; songs or pieces may be played on your own style, improvising and expressing yourself through the Music on stage, for entertaining (engaging) the audience with your talent." (Carlos Al 'Grace'), independently of the musical style in question, field or other related issues, by using the best sight-reading skills, chart-reading for solo improvisation, extemporisation and impromptu as well as the song forms with standardized song structures, from the Intermediate level Service Musician up to the Higher Advanced level Concert Musician. The ACADEMY-ORCHESTRA (a musical institution with 6 scientific societies (i.e. published practitioner journals) and a 3-Piece Band of Music (orchestral level professional soloist skills), i.e. the I In VIII by Carlos Viegas and 2 hired Musicians: equal to a small Contemporary 10-Piece Orchestra)) is registered with, and operates under the direct auspices of, public and private bodies managed by the Ministry of Culture, being a goverment protected musical individual entity (with option of collectivity name registration) for musicians of string, wind, brass and traditional Bands of Music/Orchestras and performers of plucked string instruments, as well as music journal readers, with the 2 IGAC Registered Names - according to IGAC Regulations and DL 143/2014, 26 setembro) of Academia Livre de PMC - Conservatório Interativo™ (ALPMC-CI) (organização gerida a partir do seu Secretariado para a inscrição de membros, e membros titulares para certificações intermédias pós-secundárias e diplomas de especialista (ou pós-graduação) [formação contínua certificada elegível para estudantes do ensino superior e professores) e Estágio sanduíche] | organization managed from its Secretariat for membership, full trainee membership, postsecondary exit certificates and specialist diplomas (or postgraduate) [accredited continuous training eligible for higher education students and school teachers) and research Fellowship] - a entidade instituidora do C.N.: ALPMC - CI com as 6 sociedades científicas (12 ISSNs & eISSNs for 14 editions each year) with the General-Inspection of Cultural Activities (an IGAC public service used for the name registration of Bands of Music (i.e. Orchestras and Ensembles) - string, wind, brass or others ('Bandas de Música/Orquestras' de cordas, sopros, metais ou outras) of the Ministry of Culture, and it was founded in April 2011 and established with its statutory regulations (to establish the institution) published on December 2019 (with Legal Deposit (DL)) by Professor Carlos Viegas (Carlos Al "Grace"), for Performers of contemporary instrumental music, based in Portugal, Europe and Brazil, and all the other Portuguese speaking countries in the world. Professor Carlos has created the Specialized higher level Course (non-degree) of Popular Music in 2012 (3 stages of education and training) with its 'external' validation (aval 'externo') at a Continuing Education Centre (an organic unit) of a Portuguese higher education institution. Degree holders (Licenciatura) or holders of equivalent academic qualifications outside the EU will split the CertALPMC-CI to study directly in the DipALPMC-CI, and upon completion they can apply for individual registration (an additional accreditation for teachers) of the specialization diploma in popular music (postgraduate course for holders of the ALPMC-CI professional certificate in popular music and licence and for degree holders) at a teaching Council (i.e., a graduate level degree) or training accreditation Council for teachers. Non-degree holders are not guaranteed to be eligible for the continuing teacher's credits from the Specialization Diploma but they also become professionally and academically qualified in Music (for the professional recognition among peers, internationally, and the accreditation of training and placement completed) from the Academy-Orchestra, for performing professionally and for instrumental music teaching at private schools in enrichment activities as well as music schools. In Portugal teachers gain official certification training and specialized training from the CCPFC, Braga (a state accreditation body). There are similar bodies in other countries for foreign graduate trainees that may accept it on the same basis. ALPMC - CI CN stands for 'Conselho Nacional da ALPMC - CI' for including our 6 scientific societies, and PMC stands for Performers (or Performance) de Música Contemporânea. Portugal's ACADEMY for MUSIC PERFORMERS to educate and professionally train Musicians and Music Teachers with the world's 1st Interactive Conservatory (C.I.) [i.e., the ALPMC-CI - eminently practical and experimental training as the best knowledge and skills of specialist professionals should be | Ensemble de Formação - formação eminentemente prática e experimental como todo o conhecimento de especialistas profissionais deve ser] and 6 scientific societies (6 sociedades científicas), to advance the field of contemporary music performance through research and stimulating debate among peers, in the classical music, popular music & jazz areas of performance)) - with a National Charter [i.e., Acordo Nacional] (considered of cultural and scientific interest) Entity-Publisher for the purposes of training and certifying 'Music Performers' (both amateurs and professionals), under the auspieces of the Ministry of Culture (BNP-ISSN/eISSN-ISMN, RNOD, APEL-ISBN & IGAC).
"Our national and international recognition and influence on the Music Performance Science must be in playing Music within the scope of all Contemporary Music specialties and concepts, and connecting it with the associated art and science" (Carlos Al 'Grace'). Carlos Alberto F. Viegas (his real name) is the Creator and Arranger of many European and Lusophone Hot Dances (arranged from tunes in the public domain), and the Composer of the Contemporary Solo Guitar (Modern style Classical Guitar and Jazz Guitar), Orchestral Concerts and Contemporary Guitar and Braguesa (requinta style) Recitals published and owned by ALPMC-CI, called 'Academius', 'Connections', 'The Contemporary', 'The Vanguardist' (separated by Movements and Opus), Waltz-Contemporary Lunduns, Contemporary Lunduns of many types and metrics, Fusion-Contradanzas, 'The Man-Symphony' I In VIII, Etc., following the composing techniques from the 5 musical scales he has developed himself: the '9-Note scale', '10-Note' scale, '11-Note' scale (only loosing 1 note to the chromatic scale!), the 'contemporary Hybrid scale', '12-Note contemporary scale' (a scale harmonized with 21 chords) and the 12 chord-miniatures, without 'breaking' the most important and advanced harmony and composition rules from both the Music of classical tradition and the styles of modern music and jazz. The agreed international Venue for each concert presentation of the Orchestra ('Homem-Sinfonia' I In VIII with 'Orquestra Contemporânea Metropolitana' in virtual format - performed by Carlos Viegas) is the Church of São José das Taipas of the Royal Fellowship of Souls of São José das Taipas, organized in conjunction with our Honorary Benefactor, Arq. José Bastos. Carlos has created 3 musical styles: the contemporary lunduns, fusion contradanzas and the Portuguese and Lusophone hot string dance. The ALPMC - CI, based in Portugal, is committed to become the international Lusophone authority for Popular Music and Contemporary Performers (both amateurs and professionals), integrating the C.I. research centre for Membership (Associate or Full Member-Candidate), professional qualification training, interactive orchestras and ensembles, and 6 practitioner-type journals for all Members, Fellows and Honorary Members (pioneering tutorial methods of music instruction and psychological methods of musical learning, and advancing the music performance to the next level (for professional and graduate level training), as well as 6 scientific societies (14 practitioner-type journal editions) for a contemporary popular music joint fellowship (non stipend). We offer accredited training in popular music within a professional qualification system with unaccompanied solo pieces at grade 8 level and beyond with improvisation charts in 73 different musical styles and 29 specialties or concepts, for solo performance with the most advanced improvisation and technical skills required for each song, chosen from repertoire lists. The Academy does NOT provide ANY undergraduate degree programme in music, nor Unit Modules part of it, delivered by its distance tutorial methods and system, in collaboration with a university or polytechnic. The ALPMC-CI musical entity provides a 3-stage professional and continuing education programme (with officially recognised 'Credit Units' - UC's in Portugal; i.e., the so called CEU's internationally) for the 'academically accredited' Qualification (only awarded to non-higher education diploma and non-degree holders) culminating with the Diploma of Specialization degree in Popular Music (408 hours total) [eligible to up to 12 automatic ECTS graduate credits for the accreditation received in the specialization degree programme - transferable to a private or public university masters degree programme] (Diploma de Especialização em Música Popular) to Full Member-Candidates. This Specialization Degree Course for 'graduates' or ordinary bachelor's (Curso Superior Especializado para 'graduados' ou licenciados) is a qualification equivalent, according to the Portuguese legislation, to a Professional or Vocational-based Masters course portion in Popular Music - Guitar (or on a similar specialized music training field) if accompanied by a 4-year Honours Bachelor Degree in Music or Music Education (Licenciatura de 4 anos, pré ou pós Bolonha) for an individual teacher's continuing education accreditation by a Teaching Council. For this official equivalency to take effect an individual accreditation from a professional body for teachers to obtain the career credits (UC's or CEU's for music or music education teachers) is required, and the ALPMC-CI Specialization degree course in Popular Music (the Diploma qualification) and its trainers (lecturers and researchers) are both accredited and highly qualified for the purpose. In Portugal the body it is the CCPFC, Braga. Our popular music programme awards automatic credit value for the continuing education unit credits (i.e., UCs) and ALPMC - CI Specialization in popular music (classical and jazz guitar, and viola braguesa) completed, which are convertible or eligible to 12 ECTS (academic graduate credits) in a masters degree programme. Continuing education unit credits can positively impact your career in several ways.
In addition to popular and avangard contemporary music, experimentalism and musical abstractionism are also valued at the "Royal" Free Academy of Contemporary Music Performers - CI (ALPMC - CI), based in Portugal (with a RNOD National Charter to develop and publish resources and journal editions for Music Performers and Teachers). Full Members that complete the CertALPMC-CI or the DipALPMC-CI and a Professional Placement (extra curricula - for a paid musical job as a service musician or solo artist starting a professional career) may earn a Licence from the ALPMC-CI (a non-exclusive authorization to professionally use the Service Musician's Kit for any style of music or musical job situation) after completing 500 hours of verifiable CPD - an Occupational certification awarded under the authority of the ALPMC-CI National Council with official recognition for holders of the academically accredited course levels that culminate in the CertALPMC-CI vocational qualification. The occupational certification (i.e. licence) carries a privilege for musicians and music teachers, including CPD credits (Professional Development placement), which is the best 'leg-up' on the competition in terms of professional recognition. Only recognised organizations with validated or accredited educational programmes, which is our case, may issue a licence for a professional purpose. Degree holders, on the other hand, should go directly to the Specialization course to take a professional placement and gain the same advantages. We do Not award or issue any 'Diploma' for the Licence because an occupational credential do Not attract academic credits as it is not intended.

We promote and explore the field of contemporary popular music performance in a Cycle of Musical Specialties for Jazz/Electric Guitar, Classic Guitar, Acoustic Guitar/Fado Viola, Cavaquinho (Braguinha of Madeira), Ukulele (Soprano and Concerto), Braguesa Viola (10-string guitar) (or another Portuguese Viola), Rajão of Madeira, Applied Music Theory, Traditional Percussion, Foot Percussion (Drumming) and Carlophone (Available Soon), from Folk Music to pre-30s Jazz, with members in Portugal and abroad. There are hundreds of Assessment Tests available (a total of 10 practical subjects in popular music performance and 10 practical subjects in sacred/baroque music performance, and applied music theory and sacred/classical music literacy/theory - in 3 Stages (the ALPMC-CI Levels). The C.I. provides the 1st officially approved distance tutorial and professional qualification system in the world with accredited music performance training levels (stages). The entity maintains internationally important e-library and digital archive collections of aproximately 1,750,000 music manuscript editions and audio recordings, and a mini library collection of over 1,500 books, e-books, journals and e-journals, from whose 99,8% are published by the ALPMC-CI. The Mini-Library at the Secretariat is classified with the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC). Our musical aim at C.I. is to incorporate advanced contemporary music performance concepts in folk and popular music.
The ALPMC-CI is a nationally chartered scientific academy that offers a rigorous vis-à-vis distance learning program and tutorial system (with face-to-face performance assessments) with psychology of learning evaluations for academic accredited professional certification for both amateur and professional musicians and/or private instrumental tutors. This entity (official organization) is specially addressed to citizens of Portuguese speaking countries, but also accepts other people for membership and/or an educational programme.
We are aiming to become the International Standard and Hallmark for all small band or ensemble musicians and solos performers, working in Europe and some non-European countries at our own description (i.e., Portuguese, Spanish and English speaking countries).

“Everything is related to the Bebop major and minor scales and melodic minor scale”.

“Tudo está relacionado com as escalas maior e menor de bebop e escala menor melódica”.

(Carlos Al "Grace" Viegas)


-Em Português-

Formação profissional e formação contínua certificada - programa com acreditação ou autorização obtida em instituição de ensino (DL 396/2007 alíneas g) e i) do Artigo 3º)), para a Certificação Profissional de Músicos (Licença da Academia, não exclusiva, através de estágio profissional ou extracurricular usando o ‘kit de Performer’ – aceite no âmbito do sistema nacional de certificação profissional (Ocupacional) por se tratar de um Programa certificado (acreditado) e Estágio de CPD sob a autoridade do Conselho Nacional)), independentemente da sua área musical e grau académico. 

A publicação dos documentos da acreditação da formação contínua (consultadoria do programa de Popular Music recebida em Centro de IES) está disponível na monografia “Estatutos da Academia Livre de PMC e regulamento interno do Conservatório Interativo” depositada na Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal com o DL nº 467381/20 em Março de 2020, e os formadores da ALPMC-CI são acreditados pelo CCPFC da Formação Contínua, pelo que a formação adquirida é certificada com créditos (25 horas por cada UC) tanto para músicos profissionais ou estudantes aspirantes de músicos como para professores de música e educação musical do ensino público ou privado.

The Board Chairman can provide documented proof to enrolled students that the programme curriculum was validated (aval) to provide Continuing Assessments & Learning Psychology Assessments. The professional designation in Portuguese would be DipALPMC-CI [Diploma de Especialização (curso superior especializado) em Música Popular](*) [accredited units in Popular Music - Music Education and Guitar, developed by Professor Carlos Viegas at a Continuing Education Centre affiliated to an HE Institution accredited by the A3ES in Portugal: evidence of our accreditations is available only to full members]. O Diploma especializado de nível superior em Popular Music (níveis 2 e 3 de especialização da ALPMC) é ilegível à solicitação da creditação [i.e., conversão de 300 horas em créditos de formação contínua de professores, ou formação especializada dependendo se o requerente é licenciado (ou no mínimo bacharel) e se possui ou não a profissionalização docente] pelo CCPFC (formação regulamentada pelas regras do Conselho Científico-Pedagógico da Formação Contínua, Braga) - a creditação adicional pelo CCPFC de professores terá de ser neste caso a título individual, aplicável apenas aos licenciados e bacharéis em música ou educação musical, para se poder obter um grau de especialista (qualificação ao nível do 2º ciclo no âmbito do ensino politécnico - i.e., conclusão da especialização), sendo necessário neste caso a licenciatura ou no mínimo o grau de bacharel na área da música ou educação musical e 5 anos de tempo de serviço (contagem feita em horas de lecionação ou em anos letivos), com ou sem profissionalização docente (i.e., creditação a título individual sob proposta do interessado - Nota: apenas os docentes licenciados com profissionalização poderão solicitar a creditação como formação especializada). Pessoal não-docente não necessita, nem poderá, requerer esta creditação oficial. Os bacharéis e licenciados em música ou educação musical (ou o equivalente legal a um destes graus de ensino superior) estão dispensados de fazer o nível 1 ALPMC e o teste/projeto de avaliação final da etapa 2. O CertALPMC-CI (Certificado de Formação Profissional pós-secundária não-superior em Popular Music) só será emitido aos não-detentores de um grau académico após a conclusão das etapas 1 e 2 do programa. A Especialização não é um título académico mas este curso da Academia foi previamente acreditado pelo que posteriormente o licenciado ou bacharel interessado poderá obter o grau de Especialização após a creditação (neste caso solicitada a título individual) pelo CCPFC (UMinho, Braga).

(*) O Diploma de Especialização em Popular Music (qualificação DipALPMC-CI) será emitido a licenciados e bacharéis na sua conclusão - Os 'graduados' na qualificação Académica Profissionalizante 'CertALPMC-CI' e da Licença da Academia (estágio profissional para créditos CPD de certificação Ocupacional) obtém a mesma qualificação académica de Diplomado no Curso de Especialização que se trata de um Curso superior especializado com 3 anos de duração total (3 Níveis de Especialização ALPMC).
The names of this musician’s Collective (i.e., ALPMC-CI) are both registered under the name registration process that should be used for bands of music/orchestras (bandas de música/orquestras), according to the IGAC (Inspeção-Geral das Atividades Culturais, Ministério da Cultura) Regulations (Decree Law 143/2014, de 26 de setembro).

The ALPMC-CI National Council [ CN  - reuniting every 2 years at the city of Porto] is based at the Secretariat (Centre) in Anadia, Aveiro, and holds 24 musical instruments of professional quality and miniatures, from whose 15 are a small collection of guitars and other chordophones (plucked string instruments, including an 8-string cigar box guitar; 2 carlophones: educational and 'grand concerto', 3 foot drums, etc). Our Founder and Board Chairman, Professor Carlos Viegas, is working hard for the e-Library, Digital Archive and Mini-Library, located in the Secretariat and deposited and archived in the National Library, to reach a Total of Aprox. 1,750,000 (in electronic format and a few in physical format) editions and items including: books, e-books, manuscripts, monographs, e-monographs, journals, e-journals, audio and video recordings, items for learning and musical practice, midi items and academic articles – from whose 99,8% are the Academy’s own editions and titles.
There are nearly 60,000 Editions and Items produced, and the other aprox. 1,690,000 are 'instantly available' under request from our large repertoires.
The ALPMC-CI (Sigla RNOD) is the organization for the field of contemporary music performance that formed and administrates 6 distinct official bodies (proceedings of 6 scientific societies), for non-profit Research, Musical Training, Publishing and Performing.
We publish 14 practitioner-type journal editions each year (print and online) for our Members and Fellows of the Interative Conservatory, and for the National Library of Portugal.

About the C.I.
(Em Português)

A A.L.PMC - C.I.™ (entidade editora e musical individual com opção de registo de nome de coletividade, e instituidora do Conselho Nacional para incluir as 6 sociedades científicas [CN]) funciona no Secretariado (organizado na residência do Professor Carlos Viegas, Pós-Doc UFP), onde é dirigida a formação profissional de nível não superior e a especialização pós-graduada, especificamente na área da popular music e no regime de tutoria interativa à distância e online com avaliações contínuas das Performances via DVD, e avaliações e orientações tutoriais e psicológicas musicais, assim como de testes/projetos de avaliação final. Este regime de ensino conta com um sistema de ensino e aprendizagem aprovado em atas de investigação científica e publicado numa das 6 revistas especializadas (periódicos) da Academia relacionadas com, ou dirigidas ao trabalho dos músicos, artistas, compositores e professores, nas 2 Vertentes de Guitarra, na Viola Braguesa contemporânea e noutros instrumentos de corda de plectrum (cordofones). A ALPMC - CI não está afiliada à FCT ou a uma IES. A moderação e avaliação da formação é conduzida por formador(es) creditado(s) pelo CCPFC e o programa de formação inicial e contínua obteve o Aval (para licenciamento ou autorização do curso de Especialização pós-graduado em Popular Music) numa unidade orgânica de instituição de ensino superior Portuguesa (o ES-CEFOC no Porto - uma unidade orgânica afiliada à Universidade Fernando Pessoa) através de um serviço de consultadoria científica e metodológica (invoca-se o Art.13º e Art.14º, e Nº2 e Nº4 do Art.12º do DL 22/2014 da lei Portuguesa).


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

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

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

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

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

THE ALPMC - CI BOARD CHAIRMAN, ADJUNCT & HONORARY BENEFACTOR (statutory and internal regulations published on december 2019)
The Founder and Board Chairman (non paid position)
Cert. Perf. (Ord Degree), A.L.C.M., P.G. (CCPFC), FNCM, NCM Research Fellow [MEC], Postdoctoral Dip Studies (UFP), LittD (HCCI/OCCUK), LGMS, FGMS (membership), FASC (membership)
Posição - Investigador de Pós-Doutoramento da Universidade Fernando Pessoa (UFP) (em regime voluntário), Porto (corresponding to a rank or grade of Researcher)

A Teacher and Music Researcher (Professor e Investigador em Música) in Musical Practice, Performance, and Theory of Learning and Teaching (or related topics), maintains the Academy's Interactive Conservatory and its 6 Scientific Societies (the 6 Sections of the "Royal" Free Academy of PMC - C.I. that formed the National Council for the field of contemporary instrumental music: classical, traditional and jazz fields) at the ALPMC - CI Secretariat, based in Anadia, Aveiro, Portugal.

A Virtuoso Multi-Instrumentalist - pioneering many Musical Fusions in 104+ specialties, and 'Concerto Stride Guitar' [a combination equivalent to Solo guitar, Rhythm guitar of 'rasgado' or another, and Bass groove], Percussion (guitar box), Foot Drums, Scat Voice and Kazoo - 7 instruments simulated and performed by himself simultaneously - he considers his Interactive Metropolitan Orchestra the 8th instrument remembering Duke Ellington who was the man that 'played the orchestra'. This makes a musical octet called 'The Man-Symphony' [I IN VIII] (an Octet performed by only One musician!). Musical director for the Academy's Contemporary 3-Piece Orchestra - I In VIII and 2 hired musicians, equating to a small 10-Piece Orchestra.
Carlos has created 3 musical styles: the contemporary swing lundu, contradanza-fusion and the Portuguese and Lusophone hot swing; and has developed 4 musical scales: the '9-Note scale', the 'contemporary hybrid scale', '10-Note scale', and the '11-Note scale' (only looses 1 note to the chromatic scale!), '12-Note contemporary scale' (a scale harmonized with 21 chords) and the 12 chord-miniatures.
Inventor of the Foot Drums (based on a traditional 4-part dixieland drum set) and the Carlophone percussion instruments.

Accredited teacher's lecturer (acting as a program moderator) 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 Memberof Academia Livre de PMC - Conservatório Interativo.
Academy's Board Chairman and General Assembly Director. Author and editor of almost all Academy titles, for whose 99,8% are the academy's own editions.

Author of The Interactive Tutorial & Video System (asynchronous) GADI, Universidade Fernando Pessoa).

Author and Performer of the 'I In VII' Ensemble (solo guitar, rhythm guitar, bass, foot drums, percussion, scat voice and kazoo) for the Academy's Live Productions of public performance programmes - a small musical band of service musicians called 'Duo Hot Clube Lusófono'.

Author of thousands of editions and titles held by the Academy's Collections and the 6 Society Journals, including: Books, e-Books, Journal and e-Journal issues, Manuscripts, Abstracts, Articles, Instructional DVDs/CDs and 1 Solo Guitar EP.

Author of 2 Practitioner-type Journal Abstracts published at the RILM (International Repertory of Music Literature)

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

Former General-Secretary Dr. Manuel Luciano da Silva Foundation (ADMLS)

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

Sua Excelência ARQ. JOSÉ BASTOS HonALPMC [ CN ]
CEO of TV Portuguese Monarchy affiliated to the Royal House of Portugal
Board Member of the Royal Fellowship of Souls of 'São José das Taipas'


ACADEMICS and highly regarded PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS have agreed to provide feedback on a voluntary basis (like most journals of other organizations) for practitioner research papers that are produced for abstract publication in our 6 (Six) Practitioner-type Music and Education through Music Journals. They will send a blind review for topics of submitted papers to our fellowship programme (advanced training/research). But before they are consulted the paper must pass the editor's musical orientation and editorial guidelines. Only high-quality practitioner-type papers of music performance analysis or music education evaluation will be passed to 1 member of this Editorial academical board, and, if the feedback is positive, the abstract publication will be considered in the appropriate official journal and the subsequent award of fellow by the 6 scientific societies (i.e. 6 practitioner-type journals with 14 ISSN and eISSN editions each year).

Our Practitioner-type journals examine the proposals made and successful authors become fellows (recognized specialists) in PMC with the 6 scientific societies. A certification letter of Fellow mentioning the music specialty or topic researched and published will be awarded if the work is deemed to be of good merit as a contribution to musical practice.

Associated Professor, Universidade de Coimbra (UC)
Posição - título de Agregado da UC

Perf. Dip. (Berklee), Grad Cert Studies (New School)
Advisor in Jazz Affairs for the "Royal" Free Academy of PMC
Jazz Expert, prolific Composer and Trio Performer
Former Teacher of ESTAL (private arts college in Lisbon)
He was considered the best European jazz musician in 2012

B.Mus. Hons, M.Mus (LCM, TVU, UK)
Percussive and Concert Guitar Performer and Composer

D.M.A. (USA)
Orchestral Cello Performer
Former Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA

G.T.C.L. (Hons Degree), F.T.C.L., FNCM, DD (HCCI/OCCUK), FGMS
Principal of National College of Music (Society) Certification Board, Chelmsford, England


The Academy's professional assessments are available with a proven learning method

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

A ALPMC - CI é uma coletividade internacional para Performers da Música, com o Acordo Nacional RNOD. É uma entidade individual (com opção de registo do nome), representada pelo próprio fundador, o Prof. Dr. Carlos Viegas. Considera-se de interesse cultural e científico de acordo com as leis dos dois Mecenatos vigentes. Funciona sob a égide ou umbrela de organismos oficiais e ficou estabelecida nos termos do artigo 195.º do Código Civil (artigo 2 do DL 272/97 de 8 de Outubro). Enquadra-se nos termos do artigo 58.º do Estatuto dos Benefícios Fiscais (Propriedade intelectual) para emissão de recibos de donativo na incrição de membros.

A Música é uma linguagem que tem o poder de interagir com as pessoas, proporcionando sensações, sonhos, prazeres, terapia, etc.; é uma das razões do nome ‘Conservatório Interativo’ (o Ensemble Conservatório que dirige um programa de formação e especialização acreditado) e não apenas por se disponibilizar formação no regime de tutoria a distância, sendo esta também de índole prática para melhor preparar futuros performers da música para estarem aptos a trabalhar em Ensembles e Bandas de música.

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

Registada sob os nomes Academia Livre de PMC - Conservatório Interativo@™ (ALPMC-CI)

Registo de nome de banda de música (coletividade) em conformidade com o regulamento da IGAC e a lei Portuguesa | Certidão de Obra Registo IGAC nº 26/2010 | Certidão simples para Banda de Música (coletividade) - Registo do Nome de Banda de Música (Ensemble) [Registos IGAC nº 1884/2011 e nº 3370/2012]

Declaração da Agência Nacional ISBN do Registo da Academia (3 prefixos de editor - cerca de 100 ISBNs)

Registos de Autoridade ISBNs, ISSNs, eISSNs, ISMNs e DLs, e convénio do R.N.O.D., Ministério da Cultura, Portugal

A entidade ALPMC - CI está associada ao NIF 213003813 (INE)

C.A.E. 96093, 90020, 85591 [os cursos não conferentes de grau académico aprovadas para licenciados ou bacharéis, e disponíveis em regime especial a estudantes do 2º ou 3º ano de ensino superior (aka especializações e pós-graduações), não deixam de ser consideradas como formações de ensino superior]

Endereço postal:
Centro da ALPMC - CI (Secretariado)
A/C Professor Carlos Viegas
99 Av. das Laranjeiras, Ed. Panorama, Bl. B 2º Dto
3780-202 Anadia, Aveiro, Portugal

Academia Livre de PMC - Conservatório Interativo@™ (ALPMC-CI: an ensemble conservatory) are registered names with the General-Inspection of Cultural Activities (an IGAC Service for registering and/or licensing bands of music) in Portugal, Ministry of Culture. Coleções Faculdade Livre de PMC (FLPMC) are registered intellectual property with the General-Inspection for international protection under copyright law and the Berne Convention, Switzerland. Conservatório Interativo is a trademark of Academia Livre de PMC. The Books and e-Books are indexed with the Portuguese Association of Publishers and Booksellers (ISBN National Center) and all the Journals and e-Journals (ISSN National Agency) are indexed and published with the National Library of Portugal Collections for Music. We are also an approved entity for legal deposit and ISMN deposit with the National Library, and the ALPMC-CI National Council (i.e., the Academy with the CI Centre and its 6 scientific societies) are a RNOD (M|C) Partner Organization.

Todos os Direitos Reservados 2011-ao Presente © Academia Livre de PMC - CI

[non-degree programatic accreditation (i.e. validation of mandatory course units) in Popular Music obtained at a Continuing Education Centre (an organic unit) of a Portuguese higher education institution].

Please note that The Academy - CI was instituted in 2019 with its statutes published by Legal Deposit (DL) and with a National Charter (RNOD) from the National Library of Portugal, which is located at the City University Lisbon.