The pre-academic course aims to prepare students to access the 1st cycle academic degree in Jazz and Popular Music. The pre-academic course has a variable duration – 1 to 3 years – depending on the student’s entry level and his/her learning skills.


The direct relationship between the student and teacher during the individual instrument and singing lessons enable students to develop their abilities depending on the students’ learning skills and their artistic inclinations.

The study of harmony and its application on the piano follow a very innovative didactic vision. The complementary study of piano (during the courses of bass, double bass, drums, vocals, percussions, violin and brass) is seen as a fundamental key to the understanding of harmony and its practical application, and is approached step by step at a deeper level. Of great impact and one of the first of its kind in Europe, is the class of rhythmic section for bass players, drummers, guitar players and pianists, through which the students deal at various levels with all the styles modern music such as pop, swing, latin music, funk, shuffle, blues, rock, jazz.There are three levels of Harmony and Ear training and all of them use innovative methodologies whilst dealing with issues such as reading, polyphonic singing, recognizing chords and progressions and rhythmic reading.The vocal labs are specifically thought for singers and can be divided in: vocal summit, jazz choir, gospel choir and many other learning experiences.The study of brass instruments is characterized by two year brass section lab, to develop the capacity of the student to play in section, to read, to improve his/her pronunciation, timing and sound.

The pre-academic course works right from the beginning on creativity, stimulating individual curiosity and talent through courses of Music tech and music production, in order to reach a level in which the students can create their own music in an autonomous way by using electronic instruments.

Every year, during the pre-academic course, over 90 ensembles are composed and play weekly from January to June in Clubs in Rome (see the videos). Being one of the prides of Saint Louis, the ensemble music lab is the most important moment for music students because they are able to meet other musicians within a band that, followed by a teacher, will work on a repertoire during their rehearsals, or on arrangements and experimentations. The labs are made up of 28-30 rehearsals per year that take place weekly and last 80 minutes each.

There are many occasions to perform in front of an audience: the live concerts that take place in March and July, the Lab on the road which represents an occasion in which the students get used to performing live, since they take place every week in various clubs in Rome from January to June.The best bands are selected by Saint Louis Management for gigs, shifts, concerts and tours. Enrollment is open from November and are open to Saint Louis Students and externals. The auditions are mandatory and free. 



At the end of the pre-academic course it is  possibile to choose between: