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Level I academic courses (3-year)

Level I academic courses (European Qualifications Framework level 6) are 3-year statutory programmes established in accordance with Ministerial Order 124/2009 and aim to provide students with “an adequate mastery of artistic methods and techniques and the acquisition of specific disciplinary and professional skills” (Presidential Order 212/2005 art. 3 no. 3) and cultural skills with a view to a wide range of possible professional fields.

The educational offer of the State Music Conservatory “Claudio Monteverdi” in Bolzano is varied and as such able to respond effectively to the multiple educational needs, expectations and aspirations of the students.

The various degree programmes – structured, adaptable and in line with European standards – reflect the multilingual music teaching, study, research and international artistic production that are constantly carried out in the eight existing departments:

String Instruments

Level I academic diplomas in: Harp (DPCL 01), Guitar (DPCL 09), Double Bass (DPCL 16), Lute (DPCL 30), Viola (DPCL 52), Viola da Gamba (DPCL 53), Violin (DPCL 54), Baroque Violin (DPCL 55), Violoncello (DPCL 57), Baroque Cello (DPCL 58).

Wind Instruments

Level I academic diplomas in: Bass tuba (DPCL 04), Clarinet (DCPL 11), Horn (DCPL 19), Euphonium (DCPL 23), Bassoon (DCPL 24), Flute (DCPL 27), Recorder (DCPL28), Flute (DCPL 29), Oboe (DCPL 36), Saxophone (DCPL 41), Trumpet (DCPL 46), Trombone (DCPL 49).

Singing and Music Theatre

Level I academic diplomas in: Singing (DCPL 06), Lied and Oratorio in German (DCPL 63).

Keyboard and Percussion Instruments

Level I academic diplomas in: Harpsichord and Historical Keyboard Instruments (DCPL 14), Répétiteur (DCPL 31), Organ (DCPL 38), Piano (DCPL 39), Percussion Instruments (DCPL 44).

Theory and Analysis, Composition and Conducting

Level I academic diplomas in: Composition (DCPL 15), Choral Conducting and Composition (DCPL 33), Wind Orchestra and Band Conducting (DCPL 43), Church Music in German (DCPL 62).

Music Teaching

Level I academic diplomas in: Music Teaching (DCPL 21).

New technologies and Music Disciplines

Level I academic diplomas in: Electronic Music (DCPL 34), Electronic Keyboards (DCPL 45) (NOT ACTIVATED), Applied Music (DCPL 60), Sound Engineer (DCPL 61), Traditional Music: Alpine Folk Music (DCPL 65).

Early Music

Level I academic diplomas in: Harpsichord and Historical Keyboard Instruments (DCPL 14), Recorder (DCPL 28), Flute (DCPL 29), Viola da Gamba (DCPL 53), Baroque violin (DCPL 55), Baroque cello (DCPL 58).

In the instrumental courses, special attention is paid to the study of the most significant repertoire – including the repertoire for ensemble and improvised music – and the related performance practice.

In the Singing courses, special attention is given to the study of the different vocal repertoires (opera, symphony, church music, chamber music), to the relevant performance and improvisation practices, and to the development of the student’s skills in playing with different ensembles.

In the Lied and Oratorio in German Language course, special attention is paid to the study of traditional German repertoire and related performance practice (including improvisation), developing the student’s ability to sing in variously composed musical groups.

In the courses Composition, Conducting, New Technologies and Church Music, special emphasis is placed on the study of the main compositional techniques and languages in historical terms. Specific skills must be acquired in the field of instrumentation, orchestration, transcription and arranging or conducting, as well as in the study of historical and contemporary electroacoustic music repertoire and its methods of analysis, including the history of electroacoustic and computer technologies applied to music.

In the Church Music course, special focus is laid on the study of liturgical vocal and organ repertoire – including ensemble music – and on the corresponding performance practices, also with the aim of developing the students’ ability to interact in differently composed musical groups. Adequate knowledge also needs to be acquired in the field of liturgical choral composition and liturgical organ repertoire.

In the Music and Instrumental Teaching course, great emphasis is placed on the acquisition of the basic psycho-educational tools related to musical learning processes, the study (in a historical-evolutionary perspective) of the main instrumental/vocal teaching practices (individual and collective) and the techniques of the different compositional languages. Other specific methodological and didactic competences related to music and instrumental teaching will also be acquired.

Every graduate automatically receives the Diploma Supplement (DS) in Italian and English free of charge.

It is a complementary document to the official degree awarded at the end of the course and describes the type, level, context, content and status of the studies undertaken and completed by the student according to a standardized 8-point scheme developed at the initiative of the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO. This document facilitates the academic and professional recognition of Italian qualifications abroad and promotes the international mobility of graduates.

Educational objectives

An educational objective is understood to be “the totality of knowledge and skills characterising the cultural and professional profile to be achieved by the course of study” (Presidential Decree 212/2005 Art. 1, letter o).

According to the Ministerial Decree of 30 September 2009 (Prot. No. 124/2009), each Level I academic course has specific training objectives, which can be found in the following document:

The acquisition of appropriate skills in music informatics and a second European foreign language, as well as the acquisition of proper postural and emotional control techniques, are also cross-curricular objectives that contribute to the students’ overall education.

In order to ensure the attainment of a solid musical qualification, the specific objectives of each course should also encourage the development of discriminative and memorising skills, as well as the acquisition of specific knowledge related to the organisational, compositional and analytical models of music and their interplay. At the end of the three-year programme, students must therefore have acquired a sound overarching knowledge of the stylistic, historical and aesthetic aspects related to their own field of study.

Admission requirements

Admission to a Level I academic course is subject to:

1) possession of a secondary school diploma – or another diploma obtained abroad and recognised as suitable in accordance with Art. 7 of Presidential Order 212/2005 – with the exception of candidates applying for the Level I academic courses for “Young Talents” who do not yet possess such a diploma (for such cases see New courses for Young Talents – Conservatory C. Monteverdi );

2) passing an entrance exam;

3) availability of places.

Admission programmes

The admission exam for the Level I academic courses (3-year), which varies depending on the school and/or degree programme, aims to determine whether the applicant’s level of preparation is adequate and suitable for the training to be pursued.

At the end of the exam, the examining board will draw up a specific ranking list on which the admitted candidates may enrol, according to the number of places available each year. Possible educational debits/credits in relation to the student’s previously acquired skills may be assigned.

Admission programmes

Enrolment for admission exams

Language skills assessment

At the end of their three years of study, students are required to hold a B1 language certificate in a Community Foreign Language or German/Italian L2.


The three-year degree programmes are all structured according to the academic credit system (ECTS), i.e. according to points that “represent the amount of learning, including individual study, required of a student who has adequate initial preparation for the acquisition of knowledge and skills in the training activities provided for by the training regulations of the degree programmes” (Presidential Order 212/2005 art. 1 letter n).

Each study plan includes different types of educational activities – basic, characterising, complementary or related – related to different subject areas (analytical, didactic, individual and/or ensemble interpretation, musicology, practice, theory, etc.). At the beginning of each academic year, students draw up their study plan from the wide range of courses offered by the Bolzano Conservatoire.

In order to be able to take the final examination and “obtain the first level academic diploma, the student must have earned at least 180 credits within three years” (DPR 212/2005 Art. 8).

Study plans

Registration fees

€ 21,43 – tuition tax

€ 164,00 – Provincial tax for the entitlement to university studies

€ 900,00 – Enrolment and attendance fee (deductible according to the regulations in force)

Academic guidelines

The guidelines for the didactics of the individual first-level study programmes are regulated in the corresponding institute regulations.