Sir Peter Birkett in Conversation with: Dr Stefania Passamonte, President of the LPMAM


Sir Peter Birkett & Dr Stefania Passamonte — LPMAM

PB: Please describe the LPMAM vision.

SP: LPMAM is a new International Music Conservatoire focused on Innovation, Diversity and Inclusion.

PB: Who or what inspired this ambitious concept?

SP: I am the founder of LPMAM, with over 14 years experience as Director of the awards winning music academy London Piano Masters and of the classical record label Master Chord Records, together with a life-long experience as international concert artist, music director and radio broadcaster.

PB: What makes LPMAM special or different from other conservatoires?

SP: Our innovative Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Advanced Diplomas, pursuing excellence in musical performance (staple of the UK Conservatoires) is integrated with supportive studies on the current music industry, such as Music Law, Music Journalism, Music Production and New Technologies, Music Management, and Music Business and Marketing. In addition to the core classical music degree, our innovative courses in music business, music technology, music management were designed to prepare a new generation of musicians to embrace the current spirit of “Retrain.Reboot.Reskill” well before the challenging times we are living in now.

PB: Overall, what percentage of interest in courses is from overseas?

SP: So far, 90% of the interest comes from overseas students.

PB: Is there anything else comparable to the LPMAM concept in the world?

SP: No.

PB: Where is the LPMAM based?

SP: In London, United Kingdom

PB: Which qualifications does LPMAM offer?

SP: Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Advanced Diplomas in all instruments and voice for both Classical, Jazz and Crossover, plus Certified Short Courses in any instrument, voice and supportive studies.

PB: What other supporting subjects are being offered at LPMAM?

SP: Some of the most innovative courses offered by LPMAM are:

  • Ancient Greek Lyra performance and composition
  • Russian Music Business
  • Music Appreciation & Classical Indian Music
  • Still Pan and Caribbean Heritage Music
  • Afrobeat Music
  • Stanislavski Method in Opera
  • Black Classical Music History
  • Music Diplomacy & Equality
  • Performance Analysis & Technology (Creative Mirroring Lab)
  • Performer’s Psychology
  • Google Marketing Tools
  • Speech and Theatre
  • DIY Career & Self-Promotion
  • Musical Dramaturgy
  • Improvisation & Experimental
  • Technique, Analysis & Interpretation
  • Production & Design
  • Voice Balance Technique
  • Artist Management
  • Music Business
  • Kodaly Technique
  • Opera Management
  • Music Publishing
  • Relaxation Technique
  • Music Technology
  • Sound Engineering applied to performers

PB: Could you explain our scholarship programs and procedure for talented and aspiring students of music from disadvantaged backgrounds.

SP: LPMAM has strict criteria for Entrance Scholarships.

PB: How does the LPMAM differ from the other established Universities such as the Royal Academy of Music, The Royal Holloway and Guildhall?

SP: LPMAM is the first Classical Music Conservatoire to offer full instrumental Classical music diplomas online. Our technologically advanced LPMAM platform for online courses will not only allow us to connect and educate during lockdown, but it will be incredibly beneficial for reaching out to a wider group of disadvantaged students who may not have access to higher music education.

PB: How has the pandemic affected the LPMAM and how have you overcome these challenges?

SP: We were planning to open our campus last year when the first lockdown occurred, and the launch had to be postponed, like many other new ventures.

  • High fidelity Stereo sound designed for the best Classical and Acoustic performance
  • Is easy to use, without the need to download software or apps
  • Access to personalised accounts from any laptop, computer, tablet or smartphone
  • Secure access and privacy policy in line with the European Union GDPR regulations for public schools and institutions
  • Personalised language and time-zone in order to plan performance/rehearsal/lesson with anyone anywhere around the world.
  • Opportunities to record the performance, lesson or meeting
  • Share videos, music scores and documents in real time for rehearsals, lessons, conferences or meetings
  • Pre-upload and share any professional or educational material needed for the meeting.
  • Music Conservatoire “Vecchi-Tonelli” of Modena, Italy
  • Grattacielo Theatre and Camerata Bardi Vocal Academy of New York, USA
  • Berliner Operngroupe of Berlin, Germany
  • Teatro dell’Opera of Rome and its Young Artist Programme, Italy
  • Canadian University of Bangladesh
  • Accademia Perosi of Biella, Italy
  • Rossini Festival and Accademia in Pesaro, Italy

PB: When do you hope to fully launch online?

SP: We are ready to start our First Academic Year online in September 2021.

Sir Peter Birkett is Vice-President of the LPMAM

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