Sound Technician Course – Level I

Educational objectives

At the end of their studies for the Level I Academic Diploma in Electronic Keyboards, students must have acquired specific technical and cultural skills that enable them to concretely realise their own and others’ artistic ideas. To this end, particular emphasis will be placed on the study of the music repertoire, both historical and contemporary, and on the in-depth study of its analytical methodologies, including the history of electroacoustic and computer technologies applied to music. These objectives are also to be achieved by fostering the development of perceptual hearing and memorisation skills. At the end of the Three-year Course, students must possess adequate skills in the use of electroacoustic and computer equipment and instruments, as well as planning and management skills with reference to the recording and amplification of classical and modern repertoires. In addition, students must have an in-depth knowledge of general historical and aesthetic aspects. It is also a learning objective of the course to acquire adequate skills in a second European Community language.



Employment prospects

The course offers the student employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • Music professions related to multimedia events
  • Music professions related to sound technologies (for recording, television and radio)
  • Music production assistant
  • Sound editor

Three-year school system

Characterising programmes

Admission Level I

Reserved for students in possession of an upper secondary school diploma or other recognised foreign qualification or, in the case of outstanding ability and aptitude, students who will obtain the qualification by the end of the course of study.

The first test tends to ascertain knowledge in the field of electronic and electroacoustic music and basic scientific and technical knowledge, while the second test assesses theoretical knowledge and basic musical culture.


  1. Electronic and electroacoustic music studies

– Interview and aptitude test for the address chosen by the candidate

– Presentation of audio and/or paper documentation of work already carried out by the candidate in the chosen address

– Test of knowledge of 20th century music

  1. Basic scientific and technical studies

– Test of knowledge of information technology (computer architecture and operating system)

– Test of knowledge of elements of physics and musical acoustics

  1. Test of knowledge of hardware and software for recording, generating and manipulating sound.


  1. The candidate must prove mastery in the use of notation codes, knowledge of the basic elements of music theory and the exercise of the fundamental skills related to listening and rhythmic and vocal reading.
  2. Further areas of assessment of basic musical competences, considered necessary to address the educational course of the individual Level I Academic Diploma courses, are defined autonomously by the institutions.

General and motivational interview.

The commission reserves the right to interrupt the test at any time.

The examination is marked in hundredths. Candidates with a mark of not less than 60/100 will be considered suitable.



All successful candidates in the practical test of the Admission Examinations will have to take the following further tests.


Rhythmic Theory and Musical Perception


  • Auditory recognition of short modulating rhythmic-melodic fragments.
  • Reading of a piece in the violin key, either original or taken from the repertoire.
  • Sight reading of a piece in the ancient keys original or taken from the repertoire.
  • Vocal reading of a piece of medium difficulty original or taken from the repertoire.
  • Vocal reading of a piece transposed within the limits of one tone below or one tone above.
  • Discussion on fundamental aspects of theory.

Elements of harmony


Prove knowledge of the following topics:

– ancient and modern scales

– intervals, consonances and dissonances, motion of parts

– consonant and dissonant triads, positions, revolutions, numerics

– cadences

– seventh chords of first (dominant) second, third and fourth species, resolutions and revolutions

– traditional ‘rule of the octave’


– Harmonisation of a four-part bass of 8 measures;

– Realisation of a cadence;

– Identification and resolution of a chord;

– Construction and resolution of a chord

Theoretical skills tests are assessed by aptitude, aptitude with one-year educational debt or non-aptitude.

The TRMP (Theory, Rhythm and Musical Perception, in Italian ‘TRPM’) educational debt requires compulsory attendance of 81 hours of lessons;

The Elements of Harmony educational debt requires 32 hours of lessons.


All students will be required to rectify their educational debts by the summer session of the current academic year, under penalty of forfeiting their studies.

Internal Propaedeutic and Pre-academic students, in order to take part in the Level I admission tests, are required to submit a new application within the same deadline as all external candidates to the Conservatoire. They are obliged to take the theory tests if they did not obtain the certificates in the previous course of studies.

Exemptions from the theory tests are provided exclusively for candidates who have certifications acquired at AFAM institutions.

For information on admissions, please visit the “Registration” page
The detailed timetable for the admission examinations will be published in a separate notice.


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Enrolment in years following the first

For information on enrolment renewal, please visit the “Registration” page
The suspension and reactivation of studies is provided for Level I and II courses only, no later than 31 July of each calendar year. Students who have not exceeded 5 academic years of suspension may request the reactivation of their career. Career reactivation cannot be requested for students who have exceeded the aforementioned number of years (the academic credits obtained will be declared obsolete and no longer valid). Career reactivation is only possible if a place is available for the current academic year.

With regard to academic career reactivation fees, please refer to the Fees and Contributions Regulations for the current academic year.

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The Academic Year begins on 1 November of each year and ends on 31 October of the following year. The academic calendar is issued by the Director, by resolution of the Academic Council, normally by 31 May.

Each training activity may entail different methods of conduct and interaction between students and lecturers. In particular, there may be individual face-to-face lessons, collective face-to-face lessons, practice lectures, laboratories, practical, distance and intensive activities, training courses, seminars, projects, artistic productions, reports and production of texts and hypertexts, including multimedia, guided or autonomous individual study activities, tutoring, self-assessment and other activities.


There are three sessions per academic year: summer, autumn and extraordinary.

Students are obliged to book by the deadlines indicated by the Registrar’s Office.

Final Examinations

In order to obtain the qualification for Level I and Level II courses, students who have acquired the required credits must pass the final examination consisting in the writing of the dissertation (Thesis) and the practical test useful to ascertain the achievement of the qualifying educational objectives of the course of study.
Booking the final examination must be made compulsorily on one’s ISIDATA profile under the heading ‘Examinations’.
At the same time it will be compulsory to pay the ‘Graduation fee’ (by means of Pagopa service) of €30.00 by generating the payment by MAV through the ISIDATA platform under the heading ‘Fees’.

Bookings must be received in accordance with the following deadlines:
– 31 May (summer session);
– 31 August (autumn session);
– 31 January (winter session).

Students must have completed their studies at least 10 days before the final examination.

It is compulsory to submit 1 hard copy and 1 PDF/A file of the Diploma Thesis to the secretary’s office no later than 10 days before the date of the final examination. Further hard copies (tot. 4 copies) must be handed in to the commission on the day of the final examination.
Specific provisions can be found in the “Thesis Regulations”.