The Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento Musicale was founded in 1986 on a pilot project of the European Union with the aim of creating a high-level instrumental training and guiding the artistic-musical professionals into the job market.
In 2008 the School was transformed into a Foundation with the aim of promoting and enhancing the musical culture and contributing to the development of the cultural network in the area where the school is located. In almost thirty years of activities, the APM School has gained experience in higher education in the fields of music and technology, often implementing pioneering projects thanks to which it has specialized thousands of young people from all over the world, encouraging their inclusion in internationally renowned facilities such as orchestras, recording studios and production companies.
The APM School is located in a 15th century Monastery, Monastero dell’Annunziata, in the heart of the medieval historical center of Saluzzo. The ground floor houses the Institute for Musical Heritage in Piedmont, one of the most important musicological research institutes in Europe, the first floor houses the Music and Theatre Department, the second floor the Technology Department, and the third floor houses a fully equipped guesthouse for the students’ accommodation.
THE SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Since the beginning of the ’90s, an innovative program has been developed to train sound, recording and audio-video engineers, composers, arrangers and music programmers to be inserted with high professionalism in the world of record production, in recording studios, radio and television networks, musical and theatrical organizations.
The courses transmit knowledge and professional skills based on a basic musical culture, preparing students for the roles of live sound engineer and studio, suitable for concerts and musical events, recording and mixing, television and theater shows.
In order to develop and disseminate basic musical education, the Foundation acquired the Istituto Musicale Civico di Saluzzo, reorganizing it into specific departments of music, dance and theater, and adding innovative educational activities and workshops for schools.
The didactic structure of the classical music course is based on the possibility to take exams with ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) certification: an extremely gradual and balanced evaluation process.
The theater department is divided into specific courses for different age groups. The courses are based on a direct approach, consisting in a hands-on experience of the acting techniques, rather than their simple mnemonic learning. Particular attention is paid to the concept of theater as a “game” that allows fun and satisfaction, however grounded on precise indications that nurture tha development of the creativity.
During the academic year, the APM School welcomes musicians of international renown as teachers for the Master courses. These courses explore multiple teaching practices (organology, performance practice, chamber music, musicology-documentation, vocal and orchestral).
The main objective of these trainings is to contribute to the artistic development of young concert performers, also allowing them to perform in public contexts alongside the guest teachers.
A reinforcing element of the courses is the festival “I concerti dell’APM” , held at the end of the academic year. The strength of this initiative is undoubtedly represented by the uniqueness of the performers, first parts of prestigious orchestral institutions and famous Masters, together with the opportunity for the students to perform on the same stage.
In collaboration with the Orchestra Filarmonica Teatro Regio di Torino, the project aims to train young musicians from all over Europe in the orchestral profession. Obiettivo Orchestra consists in particular of two sections: the orchestral training course and the conducting course (Conducting Academy).
The Orchestral training course prepares young graduates for the orchestral profession and the common entrance selection tests.
The Orchestra Conducting Course, divided into three years, aims to prepare young musicians for the conducting profession, under the guidance of Maestro Donato Renzetti.
Together with the Italian Harp Association -Associazione Italiana dell’Arpa -, the International Competition “Suoni d’Arpa” is organized. Open to Italian and foreign harpists, it aims at supporting new harp talents and enhancing the original Italian repertoire.