THE SOCIETIES FELLOWSHIP (4 Scientific Societies - non stipend)

Estágios de Investigação/Formação Avançada para Especialista em Performance ou Música (Geral)
[Certificação de Fellowship (Predoctoral Fellow) emitida pelo Conselho Nacional ALPMC - CI reconhecendo a autoridade como especialista em performance ou música]
Sigla internacional: FPMC

The Fellowship (in advanced training or research) promoted by the ALPMC-CI will host a one-year programme for Academy full members that hold the Postgraduate Certificate(1) (accredited units) in Popular Music (DipALPMC-CI) and have demonstrated to be highly gifted and exceptional performers, both musically and technically.
After an Essay Assessment (Prova de Ensaio) [Step 1] examined by the Academy Chairman, and if Approval is received, the Essay will be forward to the Academic Editorial Board to obtain an independent Blind Review (Resenha Anónima independente) [Step 2]. If acceptable by the Board for a practitioner-type journal publication the candidate will naturally become a specialist in contemporary music performance. The Academy will internally cover the cost of research essay tutorship, but can Not provide a stipend because it is Not Government funded.

(1) an ALPMC - CI program that received accreditation on the curricular portions for the awarding of a Specialization diploma (it is a master's course upon completion of the specialization - i.e., at least 250 hours of credit(2) for efective or accredited training, awarded by the CCPFC, Braga, or by another equal body outside Portugal) [course developed by the Academy Chairman at an HE Institution's Continuing Education Centre, in Portugal]. UC continuing education credits (not ECTS credits) for primary or secondary level teachers are guaranteed (i.e., each 25 hours equates 1 UC credit). The qualification is eligible for individual accreditation (upon request of each individual teacher) at the CCPFC (validating it as specialised training credits), or at the Teaching Council in the European country where the music teacher is working. In Portugal is it the CCPFC, based in Braga.

(2) This credit value for the recognized Diploma requires 2 specialization options.

Membros Titulares e Fellows:
Os membros titulares inscrevem-se no Conservatório Interativo (C.I.). Candidatos a Fellows ficam inscritos na respetiva sociedade de especialistas, dependendo da área escolhida no programa de fellowship (investigação ou formação avançada pelas 4 sociedades científicas). Trata-se de formação avançada (pós-graduada) em contexto de trabalho/estágio de investigação, mas sem bolsa de auxílio. Oferecem-se outras formas de apoio, neste caso não-monetário, ou seja não se solicita o pagamento de uma mensalidade, e oferecemos a concessão de materiais didáticos e a tutoria/orientação também sem custos. A especialidade escolhida será mencionada no certificado, a qual será valorizada ao nível das Certificações de Especialista que normalmente são conferidas por diversas Sociedades profissionais e científicas ou Sociedades de serviços, reconhecidas nas áreas das artes (incluindo a música), letras ou ciências.
A sigla usada para membros ordinários e titulares será Membro ALPMC-CI. Para fellows a designação profissional (ou sufixo) será FPMC. 
Aos fellows é emitida uma carta de inscrição de Fellow e um certificado da Formação Avançada, sob a autoridade das 4 sociedades científicas, com menção à especialidade musical apresentada, e abordada no ensaio académico (paper), aprovada para a publicação do resumo. Cada projeto de investigação será examinado por um membro do conselho editorial e académico das 4 revistas (por favor consulte o 'Editorial and Academical Board' na página para conhecer as autoridades académicas e musicais). A Formação Avançada/Fellowship é certificada pelo Conselho Nacional ALPMC-CI para que os detentores possam usufruir da Certificação da Especialidade aprofundada, em benefício da sua atividade profissional. É obrigatório que a especialidade escolhida seja uma das que foram abordadas no curso acreditado de especialização em popular music. O Fellowship é uma certificação adicional à especialização, o qual pretende ser o padrão 'ouro' na formação avançada (pós-graduada) de músicos profissionais independentemente de possuirem ou não um curso superior de música, e também para professores de música ou de educação musical que possuam a licenciatura e concluam a especialização (parte curricular acreditada que prepara para estudar no fellowship da Academia).
Para obter a Certificação FPMC da respetiva sociedade científica, a ser conferida pela ALPMC-CI ("Qualificação Profissional Terminal"), é obrigatório ser detentor do DipALPMC-CI (Diploma de Especialização em Popular Music - 1º instrumento Guitarra (viola dedilhada, guitarra acústica ou elétrica) ou Viola Braguesa Contemporânea/Viola da Terra/Viola Terceira)), e passar na Prova da Especialidade (pass the Specialty Assessment) com a promoção conjunta das 4 sociedades (joint promotion of the 4 societies).
Anadia, 2 de Agosto de 2019
Professor Carlos Viegas
Fundador e Presidente da Direção ALPMC - CI

How proposals are reviewed for becoming a society Fellow?

Societies journals examine the proposals made and successful authors become fellows (recognized specialists) of a scientific society. A certificate of fellow mentioning the specialty researched (out of 62 in total) is awarded.

Society Journals of Academia Livre de PMC-Conservatório Interativo (FLPMC Collections and Training, Professional Certificate and Graduate Programmes)
Forming the 4 Scientific Societies for over 101 Specialties and 13 Subjects
(A list of our specialties is published at the bottom of this page)

The 2 official scientific societies (specialist colleges) for publishing journals, organizing lectures on Lusophone music, and supporting early career researchers.
Upon acceptance in the Fellowship level training (i.e., 9 months of Advanced Training) the graduate-trainee will be awarded the membership of Fellow with 1 of the 2 official Scientific Societies (specialist colleges) of "Real" Academia Livre de Performers de Música Contemporânea - Conservatório Interativo.

The international designation of FPMC may be displayed after completion and the candidate receives a Post-Master's level Certificate of Fellowship (Predoctoral Fellow) (non stipend - requiring an Entry with 'Videos & Programmme Notes' for a ---Fellowship Assessment by Audition--- (a letter will be provided with the result marked as 'Approved' or 'Not Approved'), as well as the DipALPMC-CI which is the Master's level portion in Popular Music)) for the research dissertation assessment, confirming the candidate's music specialty, and for recording the highest achievement in contemporary music performance. (please note that this is a professional title and membership for ALPMC-CI Certificate or PgCert (3-part programme); our fellowship additional qualification is preceded by an accredited course of study - it is an official form of Fellowship Certification (post-master's certificate - assessment of competency for research/advanced training) in one Specific Musical topic (eg. analysis of a musical style or applying an advanced performing technique) that is preceded by the 2 accredited Academy's qualifications (3 stages) of Performer in Popular Music (i.e., the pre-requisites). The DipALPMC-CI is our Graduate level degree (granting UC college credits) - a Specialization in Popular Music (408 hours of approved course curriculum/effective training, similar to a 'lato sensu' program in Brazil) which is eligible for applying to CCPFC Council teacher's credits  in Portugal (an individual accreditation process), or from a Council in another European or Lusophone country.

'Research in Contemporary Music Performance' Journal is one of the 2 official bodies (journals) of the Academy Scientific Societies and aims to publish abstracts of practitioner research essays. 'Carlophone - Advanced Training in Education through Music' Journal is the other journal. The 2 official Scientific Societies (specialist colleges) have an international Journal with an Editorial Board - these 2 editorial boards together originated the so called 'Peer Council'.

The Journal 'Research in Contemporary Music Performance' is a scientific practitioner-type biannual publication that publishes academic essays of music practitioners, music manuscripts and music specialty concepts.
The scientific journal in PMC also accepts dissertations from Fellow-trainees in English or Portuguese for peer-review and editorial feedback, and publishes abstracts. 

The Fellow Member can submit articles for publication in the journal of the specialist college where the fellow is registered.

The Fellowship Support (non stipend or bursary) is an opportunity at no cost, only available to Members to obtain CPD Advanced Training (Professional Development at postgraduate degree level) in music performance/music analysis research (depending on the specialist college) to acquire other specialized knowledge and research-based expertise that was not acquired during the externally accredited Programme of Continuing and Specialized Education in Popular Music.

The Fellowship Training Certification is not awarded by a college or university, or certified by a regulatory body for teaching in higher education. We have included them as a service from our specialist societies for academy members that graduate from the chartered and externally accredited ALPMC-CI Cert. or PgCert. of Performer in Popular Music (delivered by the 'Interactive Conservatory' tutorial system) who might be looking for additional experience in the field of practitioner music research (performance or education). It is required to become a Member of the Academy to register for Fellowship Training by Research Assessment. There are no fees for these fellowship programmes.

Umbrella Council (i.e., chartered) made up of 3 professional bodies: Academia Livre de Performers de Música Contemporânea - Conservatório Interativo, Portugal
CPD Training: Dissertation Assessment for Fellowship in Contemporary Music Performance or in Education through Music (non bursary/non stipend)
The pre-requisite accredited musical training: Certificate or Postgraduate Certificate of Performer in Popular Music
Recognition: the candidate receives the additional Fellowship Certification and becomes registered as a Fellow member in 1 of the 2 specialist colleges (colleges for fellows). This advanced training and membership is preceded by an approved (and externally accredited) higher level continuing education qualification. The FPMC or FPMC(EM) title will be granted after the approval of an academic essay of independent research in 1 musical specialty or specific performing technique (out of 45 available) at postgraduate level (beyond a university level vocational degree or a bachelor degree). Guidance on preparing the research paper will be provided initially but no tutoring or moderation will be given after this. The aim and objective is producing independent research work that will be judged by our Peer Council before being published in the appropriate society journal. An high quality of academic writing and presentation is expected. The candidate's own approach of writing, improvising or arranging music will be assessed as well as its analytical and historical contextualization within 1 musical specialty chosen by the candidate. A few ideas for writing a research proposal are given in the middle of this website page. As a general rule the word-counting limit is up to 12,000 words for this academic essay (specialist dissertation). A research proposal should be received before the full essay research work to determine if the subject or topic approched fits one of our society Journals.

Publicação de Ensaios-Manuscritos:

A publicação dependerá do blind referee (avaliação anónima) de dois (double) especialistas na área respetiva, membros do Conselho Paritário formado pelos 2 orgãos editoriais das Revistas especializadas, sendo 1 dos especialistas o próprio editor e outro um avaliador externo. O Editor da Revista 'Investigação em Performance de Música Contemporânea' e da Revista 'Carlofone - Formação Avançada em Educação pela Música', reserva-se no direito de não publicar os resumos das dissertações a que os Conselhos Editoriais, os quais nomearão 1 revisor externo, não atribuam nível adequado ou que as monografias/ensaios não obedeçam às normas estabelecidas pela APA (American Psychological Association).

Fellow(s) will receive the letter of specialist at the Reception of the Interactive Conservatory@™ (education centre) and the 2 Societies (specialist colleges), taking place on the yearly meeting of the General Assembly in the Church of ‘São José das Taipas’ of the Royal Fellowship of ‘Almas de São José das Taipas’, in Porto, Portugal. When the trainee can not appear in person the letter will be sent by registered post to the address given on the enrollment form.

These biannual publications (print and online) are addressed to anyone who wants to read a music journal for leisure and/or professional purposes, and; Instrumental music teachers and professional performers around Europe and even outside the continent, can take the Journal's Fellowship (Non-stipend or bursary), by submitting a professional music dissertation in 1 specific musical specialty. This Fellowship Research and Assessment (Advanced CPD) only accepts essays approved by the editor, and these will be selected and passed-on for peer-revision to our Peer Council formed by the 2 Journal Editorial Boards, and subsequent publication in one of our 2 practitioner journals upon acceptance.

Membership requirements and pre-requisites:
For enrolling on this CPD Fellowship (for ALPMC-CI 'graduates') and participate in a Fellowship you must Donate the Academy for 1 year of Membership (receiving a total of 8 advantages) and produce a practitioner research dissertation at postgraduate level standard, showing evidence of your continuing professional development in 1 music specialty of your choice. The minimum pre-requisite for Fellowship is the completion of our academically approved programme: the 3-part Professional and Graduate level Certificate continuing education and specialised training.

Please note that 'Research in PMC' is a practitioner-type journal for professional performing musicians, which publishes essays, opinion articles, abstracts, music manuscripts and specialist music concepts, and it is not a generalist academic journal.

A certificate of Fellow in 1 music specialty may be sent by registered post from the Academy Secretariat to successful fellow-trainees that produce an essay and abstract of equal standard to the ones encountered in most practitioner journal publications, in the case when they are not able to attend (if living outside Portugal) the Academy's Reception to take place in Porto 1 time each year or every 2 years (the standard expected can be found in the RILM Abstracts - please click here for the website) - you must follow APA academic writing style. The musical performance event usually takes place at the Roman Catholic Church 'São José das Taipas' of the Royal Fellowship, and starts with a brief speech. A short musical recital should be given by the Fellowship Certification Candidate and the certificate is then awarded after the event. A panel of 1 or 2 professional musicians from the Academy will be present to give feedback on the recital.

The journal publishes high quality abstracts of music practitioners.
Basic academic writing skills are necessary to obtain prior editorial approval.
This is an opportunity to gain some research experience.

This Fellowship level opportunity is considered the 7th membership benefit and is becoming the international 'gold standard' for professional Popular Music Performers. And it will count on a CV or Resumé for your education and training, for confirming that you are an highly trained solo music performer in 3 music specialties.

Guidelines for research essays in areas accepted by the international journal:
Areas covered/accepted for the required independent research essay
1. Music Performance Techniques (i.e., technical issues of any plucked-string instrument);
2. Improvisation or/and Extemporisation (i.e., non-jazz/baroque and popular/jazz);
3. Arranging and Composition in any contemporary popular music/jazz specialties (out of 40 in total);
4. History of Popular Music in any contemporary popular music/jazz specialties (i.e., the genesis, origin, development and influences of a chosen musical style or popular music era, and the incorporation of a new/original technique/approach by the candidate).

Example of items to be addressed in a essay
History of Jazz Music up to the Swing Era
Genesis: jazz is Afro-American music brought from the African slaves to the America, who were forced to learn classical-type music from European dances, but introducing the syncopation to melody notes. Cakewalk and ragtime was the 1st music of the XIX century under this classification. 
Origin: Jazz originated in New Orleans, USA, in the XIX century, with music of the black and white men played together, which was called Dixieland. This was the 1st time that black and white musicians played together in a band setting. They were made, mostly of amateur musicians.
Development: dixieland and Hot Jazz styles were developed until the 30s of the XX century with Dixie and hot jazz bands, and it became an industry for professional musicians, firstly, in Chicago. Later, in 1932, the Swing Era has begin with the Ellington’s jazz hit ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing’.
Influences: the Swing was influenced by ragtime and Dixieland musicians, and the hot jazz bands and western swing bands influenced the first swingers in the Duke Ellington and Count Basie big bands.
Incorporating a musical technique/concept/idea: for example, re-arranging Cakewalk type melodies in minor 3rds, and altered harmonies for atonal improvisation.
(Candidates must produce and provide appropriate figures of sheet music, demonstrating and supporting the argument).
The example above it is not an actual essay proposal for the fellowship. It is only to introduce future trainees to the type of items that must be addressed for any chosen topic, and what these items mean. The musical technique/concept purposed must be to an appropriate standard (i.e., postgraduate level) - An APA Standard formatting style is used.

This Journal is the official body of the Society of Research in PMC of the Academy. A Fellow in our context is advocated as being a certified specialist in 1 musical specialty. This aims to publishing the most innovative Research for the Professional Development of Teachers and Performers to gain additional experience and expertise for their careers and CV prospects or resumé.
Our journals are also good for Amateurs and Music Enthusiasts to collect the academy societies music journal numbers & volumes and reading it for leisure and cultural purposes, even if they are not trained as musicians or music teachers.

Any member wishing to submit an article or dissertation essay (i.e., an essay with dissertation/thesis writing style) for inclusion in the Journal, must receive approval for abstract publication. Copyright permission must be obtained from the member/author prior to the publication. The essential guidelines for producing an article for abstract publication are described in our Journal. For submitting an article you MUST be enrolled in Fellowship.

Scientific music societies
The Free Academy of Contemporary Music Performance, Portugal (the Free Academy of PMC-Interactive Conservatory@™ : A.L.PMC-C.I.) is the coordinating body for the Graduate Musical College in Portugal, which also serves professional musicians (with or without a degree) and teachers from any other Southern European country. We set standards for the way professional musicians and teachers are trained and monitored throughout their careers. We welcome trainees outside Southern Europe and even outside Europe for the graduate level course, but cannot accept candidates that are not residents in the Southern European area (our target population) for research fellowships. The 'Graduate Conservatory' generated 4 societies (with 4 oficial bodies/journals) and administers them as separate Sections on the Academy’s institutional organigram.

*Please note that Music Performance is not a regulated profession. The profession that is regulated is Teaching and the Interactive Conservatory sets the standards for Initial and Continuing Teacher Training in Music for over 62 specialties and 13 different subjects.

May of 2019
Board Chairman, Professor Carlos Viegas
ALPMC-CI, Portugal
The above information is subject to approval on the next general assembly meeting, in the agenda of 2020.

The 45 Musical Specialties with rhythm playing & comping techniques
Popularizing any traditional musical style (dozens of styles) from all countries of the European Continent and Portuguese, Spanish and English-Speaking Countries adapted to the following 45 specialties, using standardized sheet music from the Academy with common musical forms and structures.
Patterns - Semínima e Colcheia-Colcheia – Semínima, Colcheia-Colcheia ligadura Colcheia-Colcheia e Semínima – Baixo Tónica, Semínima(Acorde), 5ª Tónica e Semínima(Acorde)
12-Bar Shuffle Feels (colcheia com ponto, semicolcheia)
Using Power Chords with shuffle feels and guitar distortion. Rhythm Playing Patterns and Riff Patterns of famous Rock songs.
Fado Comping for Portuguese Folk Music:
Baixo Tónica, Semínima(Acorde em rasgado), 5ª Tónica e Semínima(Acorde em rasgado) – Baixo Tónica, Semíma(Acorde em rasgado), 2ª, 3ª (baixos ascendentes) – Baixo Tónica, Semínima(Acorde em rasgado), 7ª, 6ª (baixos descendentes)
Música Popular Portuguesa:
Tónica (semínima), Acorde (semi), Acorde (semi)
Brazilian Tango or Maxixe:
Tónica (colcheia), Acorde (colcheia), 5ª (colcheia), Acorde (colcheia)
Cakewalk Dance:
Dance tunes with stride guitar technique of bass thumb in the style of Blake and Aguado
Based on Bizet
The same as for Cakewalk but under a compound time
Tónica (colcheia), 3ª (colcheia), 5ª (colcheia), 3ª (colcheia) – melodia em ‘swang’
Western Swing:
Semínima Fraco, Semínima Forte, Semínima Fraco, Semínima Forte
Hot Jazz:
Colcheia com ponto-semicolcheia, semínima
O mesmo do Western Swing mas com substituições, incluindo acordes alterados
Religious songs with jazz or blues substitutions and feels
Samba Feel for Brazilian Folk Music:
Colcheia com ponto, Colcheia com ponto, semicolcheia, pausa de semicolcheia, Colcheia com ponto, Colcheia com ponto, Colcheia
Bossa Nova Feel for Brazilian Folk Music:
Semínima, Colcheia, Colcheia, Colcheia, Semínima, Colcheia (alternando entre o baixo e o acorde)
Villa Lobos fingerstyle technique of Estude nº1 or another technique
Baroque/Analysis and Extemporization:
The Music of Bach
Stride Guitar:
Thumb-Bass Rhythm with Arpeggiate Chords and Melody line, or Walking Bass-Chord Comping and Melody line
Harmonisation and Re-Harmonisation:
Sacred Jazz:
Sacred Concerts of Duke Ellington
Intermediate and Advanced Improvisation:
Sweep Picking and Legato:
Legato with Pick Tapped Harmonics:
Sweep Fingerstyle (developed by Carlos Viegas for Classical and Acoustic Guitar playing):
Carlophone playing (a musical instrument invented by Carlos Viegas):
Fusion concepts (harmonization and advanced improvisation) arranged for any tune in 2 different musical styles
Stride Guitar with Foot Drumming:
Use appropriate Concepts and Chords in conjunction with the suggestions above.
Ensemble Performance:
Metropolitan Orchestra Performance:
As an Orchestra Virtuoso Soloist or with ‘The Interactive Man-Orchestra’ or ‘The Man-Symphony’
Instrumental Solo, Ensemble and Orchestral Arranging:
World Music:
Pentatonic and Blues Scales Improvisation (combining different scales for each chord):
Basic Percussive Guitar:
Stride Guitar with 'rasgador rhythm and Foot drumming:
Basic Tapping Stride Guitar:

Especialidade 44
Forma e Estrutura Musical (método progressivo)

Tempo - 100bpm
Métrica - 4/4
| Intro (A) | Verso (AAAx2) | Chorus (AAA) | Solo ou Improviso (AAx2) |
| Verso (AAA'x2) | Chorus (AAAx2) | Coda (A) |

As partes memorizam-se ou escrevem-se numa pauta tipo ‘lead sheet’.

Especialidade 45
Músico Profissional de Serviço/Entertainer (leitura à 1ª vista, solfejo e a arte do improviso nos solos)

Formas musicais comuns:
Typical song forms are the strophic form (AAA), 32-bar form (AABA), verse-chorus form (AB), 12-bar blues form (AAB) or ternary form (ABA).

Estrutura estandardizada para Músicos de Serviço:
(estruturas estandardizadas não necessariamente iguais às versões originais ou álbuns)
Intro (pre-count, anacrusa, ou 4 a 8 compassos do “A” - ou sem intro)
Tema (forma musical x2 – algumas formas têm um ‘bridge’ (C), outras não))
Solo/Improviso (forma musical x4)
Tema (forma musical x2)
Coda ou Fine (acorde "I", ou acordes "V-I"), ou Turnaround de finalização e Fine (x2 ou x3)