INTERNAL COURSE RULES (In English) | SPECIALIST GRADUATE COURSE (for research credit) for PGALPMC-CI (324 hours+professional placement)


CURSOS DE ESPECIALIZAÇÃO em POPULAR MUSIC - Educação Musical e Guitarra com opções de cordofones tradicionais

(qualificação/sigla de Especialista: PGALPMC-CI)


In English

The Continuing Education and Specialization Course is limited to accept up to 8 applications each year from students and professionals based in Europe and from Portuguese-speaking countries.

Our Popular Music Graduate Specialization has been extended to 464 hours total of continuing education and specialization with a professional placement (aprox. 140 hours of post graduate professional placement for CPD, which provides masters level work-based/focused training in a specific area) after the graduate portion of 324 hours of course curriculum. This culminates with the vocationally-accredited qualification of Specialist Graduate Certificate (a 10-credit module of Continuing Education at various levels - 5 credits in the Portuguese system available to higher education students, tutors and teachers - not a degree course) in the Popular Music field - Music Education OR Theory and/or Guitar with an optional 2nd chordophone (folk music, traditional popular music and jazz in 3 stages); this should NOT be confused with a professional masters (Brazil) or máster oficial (Spain) - it is similar to a Lato Sensu Graduate Certificate (Brazil) or Máster Propio (Spain). In Portugal it is referred to a Specialization of Graduates (Especialização de Graduados) and may also be accepted in the same way in Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking countries. After the successfull completion of the 324 hours of continuing education the trainee will obtain the designation of PGALPMC-CI (Post-Graduate Member) (Membro Pós-Graduado) as a membership status.

As a professional membership, the PGALPMC-CI is recognized, especially for solo musician work or duets/trios and a relevant specialization for music education job roles. This really depends on what we want to do and where. And a postgraduate professional placement is advised as a boost for your career and musical experience. 


324 hours of musical study and performance practice simulation by Video Submission and basic Audio Recordings


140 hours of documented professional placement1 (20 paid performances in any venues for instrumental solo music; or sung or a mix of both).

For each day of musician’s work we may consider 7 hours of work, in the same way as other qualified jobs – for preparation, travel, setting the equipment in the venue and the performance work of up to 2 or 3 hours of music service for performed background music, a solo concert, recital or playing in a duo/trio. 

1please use the CPD Registration Form provided by the ALPMC-CI. And keep this document as part of your training because it is valuable to keep track of the performance work done and the venues. At the time you start this professional placement at some venue (s) you should display the abbreviation of PGALPMC-CI on your CV, business card as a musician (or duo/trio) or entertainer, at least during the time of your placement. The professional placement is an optional task which is the own and personal decision of the performer.



Non-university Research Institutions do NOT award any masters degree (called 'Mestrado' in Portugal - 'Master Universitario Oficial' in Spain) Nor a certificate of master's course curriculum and the ALPMC-CI is not an exception; only university research centres are authorised for teaching specific units from a graduate degree and may award a certificate for degree course curriculum. The final assessments for the degree award is always made by the university itself on completion, not by the associated research institute.


-More Information will be Available Soon-


No Secretariado do Conselho Nacional ALPMC-CI em 13 de Agosto de 2023, Anadia, Aveiro, Portugal

O Presidente da Direção,

Professor Carlos Viegas (PostDoc)

Formador Acreditado pelo CCPFC



---Please note that after the above information on the specialization requirements some parts of the Academy's website need to be updated---


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