About 

   The professional program is a demanding, flexible and comprehensive course of study designed for musicians who want to develop their potential and acquire the skills needed to enter the professional world. The students are supervised by high level teaching staff and are driven to maximize their progress. The main focus is on instrumental level (fundamental for development in all other disciplines) thus saving the student’s valuable time.

In addition, the American School of Modern Music offers three different majors during the final year of study: Performance Major for students who wish to focus on their instrument, Arranging and Composition Major, and Production & Music Technology Major. It is also possible to combine different Majors (Double Major).

 

Diploma

The American School of Modern Music’s diploma is widely considered one of the best in Europe. Attesting the completion of a rigorous and extensive course of musical study, each year the diploma ceremony is presided by an internationally renowned musician.

 


 

 Program

 

Preparatory Year

The basics of harmony and musical notation. Together with analysis and harmonization, these are the first skills to be acquired for composing and arranging.
Instrument instruction in small groups from 1 to 6 students.* Certain instruments require private instruction on a one-to-one basis.
The basics of reading music on one’s principal instrument.
How to play in a group, improvisation and repertory. Preparation for school concerts and jam-sessions.
Introduction to producing, mixing and sound-design. Familiarization with the principal music software products.
Introduction to ear-training, rhythmic and melodic solfeggio, and to transcribing music. Development of the inner musical ear.
Right from the start, students are brought forward to appear on stage at various public venues in Paris. There are several student concerts scheduled throughout the school year.
Although non-mandatory, students are encouraged to participate regularly in the numerous jam sessions organised by the school. This provides an opportunity for the teachers to follow and supervise the student’s progress.
During the school year, non-mandatory master classes are organized with world renowned musicians. Although most master classes are free of charge for students at the school, it may occur that on certain occasions there may be an admission fee.

First Year

Advanced harmony including harmonisation, re-harmonization and voice-leading. Arranging and composition techniques for several voices and instruments. Stylistic studies and orchestration.
Instrument instruction in small groups from 1 to 6 students.* Certain instruments require private instruction on a one-to-one basis.
The basics of reading music on one’s principal instrument.
How to play in a group, improvisation and repertory. Preparation for school concerts and jam-sessions.
Developing skills for self-producing (the ability to record and mix, audio mastering, MIDI applications and software). Indispensable for today’s music professionals.
Further advanced study in ear-training, rhythmic and melodic solfeggio, and musical transcription. Aural recognition of seventh chords and harmonic tensions. Progressive melodic and harmonic dictation.
Right from the start, students are brought forward to appear on stage at various public venues in Paris. There are several student concerts scheduled throughout the school year.
Although non-mandatory, students are encouraged to participate regularly in the numerous jam sessions organised by the school. This provides an opportunity for the teachers to follow and supervise the student’s progress.
During the school year, non-mandatory master classes are organized with world renowned musicians. Although most master classes are free of charge for students at the school, it may occur that on certain occasions there may be an admission fee.

Second Year

This course will depend upon the chosen Major: Performance Major, Production & Music Technology Major, Arranging and Composition Major. (See below for further details)
This course will depend upon the chosen Major: Performance Major, Production & Music Technology Major, Arranging and Composition Major. (See below for further details)
This course works in collaboration with students having different majors. Working within a team, an original musical and professional project is developed that will then be presented in concert and recorded. The final result is submitted as a portfolio for graduating students.
A directed studies laboratory of ideas and research. Teachers transmit to students different concepts and approaches in researching their own experiences. Students will be driven to investigate original musical ideas that will help them develop and assert their own artistic identity.
Instrument instruction in small groups from 1 to 6 students.* Certain instruments require private instruction on a one-to-one basis. Students choosing the Performance Major will be placed into "Advanced Harmony" where conceptual harmonic techniques will be adapted to their particular instrument.
A continuation of the preceding ear-training courses, introducing atonal solfeggio and transcription without the aid of an instrument.
Right from the start, students are brought forward to appear on stage at various public venues in Paris. There are several student concerts scheduled throughout the school year.
Although non-mandatory, students are encouraged to participate regularly in the numerous jam sessions organised by the school. This provides an opportunity for the teachers to follow and supervise the student’s progress.
During the school year, non-mandatory master classes are organized with world renowned musicians. Although most master classes are free of charge for students at the school, it may occur that on certain occasions there may be an admission fee.

 

Modular courses

 Students are placed in courses and appropriate levels after their audition. It is possible for a student in the Professional Program to be placed into different courses according to his or her knowledge in each subject (foe example, Preparatory Year in Sight-Reading and First Year in Harmony).

 


 

Faculty

 

   The American School of Modern Music distinguishes itself by its commitment to offer a faculty of outstanding musicians chosen not only for their links with the United States but also for their standing as professional musicians, renowned and active in the international music industry.

 

Cedric Circle

 

Cédric Hanriot

(Pianist/Composer/Sound Designer/Producer)

 

The French pianist Cédric Henriot, recently awarded a Grammy Award for singer Dianne Reeves’s ‘”Beautiful Life" recording (Concord Jazz), has an unusual background. Composer, sound designer and music producer, he studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston alongside Danilo Pérez and Joe Lovano.

Cédric has had the pleasure to work, record and play with :

Dianne Reeves, Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Meshell Ndegeocello, Terri Lyne Carrington, Logan Richardson, Nelson Veras, Alex Han, Melissa Aldana, Tineke Postma, Otis Brown III, Lulu Gainsbourg, Donny McCaslin, Clarence Penn, Jason Palmer, Michael Janisch, Jeff Ballard.

Several concert appearances in the USA, Canada, China, France, Mexico, Nicaragua, Japan, Indonesia, Singapour, Vietnam, South Korea, Argentina and Uruguay.

Prizes and awards:

- Grammy Award for Dianne Reeves’s recording of “Beautiful Life”, Best Album for Vocal Jazz 2015.

- Fulbright Scholarship

- Franco-American Scholarship “French American Jazz Exchange”, FAJE is sponsored by the French Bureau of Exports and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

www.cedrihanriot.com

 

Brad Thomas Ackley circle

 

Brad Thomas Ackley

(Producer/Composer/Multi-instrumentalist)

 

A graduate of Berklee College of Music in "Music Production and Engineering," Brad Thomas Ackley has an unusual and eclectic career. He is known in France for his work on the fifth studio album ("IL”) by Matthieu Chedid (-M-) having produced, recorded and mixed it as well as his participation in the world tour that followed (Victory Music Award for the best musical / tour / concert 2014).

Sound engineer on the film "The Matrix Reloaded" Brad is also a composer for film, television and advertising, “Never on the First Night," "A Moment of Madness", "HBO-God Save Our Shoes," "MTV-The HIll " Renault, Lacoste, Collette, Adidas, IKEA ...

Benjamin Henocq circle

 

Benjamin Henocq

(Drummer/Composer)

 

Leader of the group Prysm with five albums released on the famous Blue Note (EMI) label, born into a family of artists, Benjamin is a composer, drummer, singer, author and professional dancer. At 12, he gave his first concert and has appeared in many theaters around the world.

A brillant sideman, he has played with artists of all stripes and styles - jazz, funk, rock, hip hop, including among others:

Michel Legrand, John McLaughlin, Didier Lockwood, Lee Konitz, Jean-Michel Pilc, Marc Ducret, Philip Catherine, Louis Winsberg, Martial Solal, Henri Texier, Michel Portal, Michelle & Jon Hendricks, Nelson Veras, Graig Bailey, Joe Locke. Il a notamment tourné avec James Taylor, Kenny Garrett, Stefano Di Battista, Michel Legrand, Wdr et Lincoln center orchestra Big band, Ravi Coltrane, Mark Turner, Rosario Giuliani, Bob Mintzer...

Magic Malik circle

 

Magic Malik

(flutist/Singer/Composer/Arranger)

 

Extraordinary flutist, singer, composer, arranger, Magic Malik has countless collaborations under his belt from many different backgrounds (Steve Coleman, St. Germain, Laurent Garnier, FFF, Malka Family, the Groove Gang by Julien Loureau), and has recorded with and written for many musicians of a younger generation: -M-, Bumcello, Camille, Pierrick Pedron, Aka Moon, Booster, Hocus Pocus, Air, Oumou Sangaré, Meshel N'geocelo Antony Joseph, Catchaito Lopez.

His projects (Magic Malik Orchestra, Tranz Denied ...), his exceptional career and his research (especially on "tonal signatures") make him one of the key musicians of his generation.

 

www.magicmalik.com

 

 

Nelson Veras

(Guitarist/Composer)

 

At the age of 14 he left Brazil to study in France . Sought after because of his musical culture shaped by Brazilian standards, he is noticed by Frank Cassenti while shooting the film Just a Dream where he meets Pat Metheny.

In 1996, Nelson Veras played with the Michel Petrucciani Sextet and His Young Lions with Detlev Beier (b), Flavio Boltro (tp), Olivier Ker Ourio (hca) and Manhu Roche (d). He entered the jazz class at the Paris Conservatory in 1997.

Considered one of the greatest guitarists in the world, he recorded with Aldo Romano, Palle Danielsson and Stefano Di Battista. He also plays with Brad MehldauGary PeacockLee KonitzDaniel HumairMichel GraillierMagic MalikAlexandra GrimalJozef DumoulinGildas BocléSylvain Barou and Jacques Pellen (Celtic Tales), Dominique Di PiazzaJean-Louis MatinierSteve ColemanMark Turner between others.

 

 

Denis Guivarc'h

(Saxophonist/Composer/Arranger)

 

Denis started the music in 1983, enter to the Conservatory of St Brieuc in 1988 and then took classes with Pierrick Pedron. In 1992 he enrolled in Musicology and taught as an assistant at the CIM.

After a first record with the Multicolore feeling of Eddie Louis in 1991, he meets Magic Malik with the Human Spirit and follows him in the Magik malik orchestra. A collaboration of 20 years follows, 7 albums and many international tours on the most prestigious stages: Marciac, North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Barbican Center London, Knitting factory ..

In parallel, he leads his sideman life with Paco Sery, with whom he has been shooting for 1.5 years.

He also regularly collaborates with musicians such as Steve Coleman, Nelson Veras, Pierre de Bethmann, Bojan Z, Julien Lourau, Baptiste Trotignon, Louis Moutin, Jean Pierre Smadj, Minino Garay and Anga Diaz.

www.denisguivarch.com

 

Guitariste/Compositeur

 

Guillaume Estace

(Guitarist/Composer)

 

A graduate of Berklee College of Music with the highest distinction (Summa Cum Laude) in 2009 and at the American School of Modern Music. Recipient of the Berklee World Scholarship Tour and the Pierre Aguiton Fellowship (Conseil Général de la Manche).

Numerous concerts in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, Ukraine, UK, guitarist on the tour “From Gainsbourg to Lulu" (2011-2013) with Vanessa Paradis, Matthieu Chedid, Ayo Jane Birkin, Angelo Debarre Stan Harrison, Gary Georgett among others. Guitarist for Caroline Bugala Quartet (violinist Didier Lockwood, Romane, Stochelo Rosenberg ...) (2013-2014). Member of the Lucien Gainsbourg Group (2015-2016) including appearances at the Royal Albert Hall London and Montreux Jazz Festival with Ara Starck, Brad Thomas Ackley and Lawrence Clais.

Studies with the most eminent American guitarists (Mick Goodrick, Tim Miller, David Gilmore, ...).

Founder of the Guitar-Sessions with Edouard Brenneisen and Co-Director of the American School of Modern Music.

www.guillaumeestace.com

 

Jonathan Joubert circle

 

Jonathan Joubert

(Guitarist/Composer)

 

Trained at the American School of Modern Music and at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Jonathan Joubert continued his career as a guitarist, composer and arranger straddling his native Paris and the United States.

Having studied with Mick Goodrick (who taught Pat Metheny, Lionel Loueke, ...), Richie Hart (student and friend of George Benson), David Gilmore (Steve Coleman, Christian McBride, ...), Bret Wilmott (teacher of Kurt Rosenwinkel) their influence allowed Jonathan to develop and deepen an original and effective method outside of the mainstream approach to teaching jazz.

He had the opportunity to share the stage from Paris to New York with the likes of Mark Turner, Trotignon, Benjamin Henocq, Tchavolo Schmitt, Boulou Ferre, Stephane Wrembel, Denis Chang, Ben Powell, Florin Niculescu, Pierre Manetti, Cedric Hanriot among others.

He is also Co-Director of the American School of Modern Music with Guillaume Estace.

www.jonathanjoubert.com

 

 

Charles Turner

(Singer/Songwriter)

 

Despite his young age, Charles Turner has already performed in all the US in venues such as Smoke Jazz and Super Club, Birdland, Ginny's Supper Club, Smalls, Mintons and Gin Fizz in Harlem.

He won the Best Jazz Singer Award at the Monterey Jazz Festival and the 1st Annual "Duke Ellington" Competition in New York, organized by Mercedes Ellington.

His debut album "Dreamers" Produced by Grammy Award-winning drummer Ulysses Owens was released in March 2014.

Charles graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and earned a full scholarship. During his studies, Charles had the privilege to study and play with Terri Lyne Carrington, Dave Samuels, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Joanne Brackeen.

Charles played with Jason Moran, Craig Handy, Marc Cary, Bobby Mcferrin and Cedric Hanriot among others.

http://charlesturnermusic.com/

 

James Robbins circle

 

James Robbins

(Bassist/Double Bassist)

 

Bassist, Doublebassist and New Yorker, James Robbins studied with Marcus Mclaurine (bassist with Clark Terry) and Joris Teepe (bassist with Benny Golson) among others at the Berklee College of Music.

Only 26, he has played all over the US and Europe with various groups alongside Nikolas Anadolis, Stephane Wrembel, Joseph Doubleday, Jonathan Joubert, Michel Camilo, Javier Rosario, Les Paul and with the Thank You Scientist Group. He has played with many jazz musicians on the New York club scene, the likes of the Blue Note and Smalls where he performs regularly as well as in almost all of the US House of Blues.

In 2008 he was awarded the Groningen Award from NJPAC, Roy Meyer Swingers Award and the Berklee Writing and Composition Scholarship. Mr. Robbins has taught bass, guitar and voice at Montclair State University's Stokes Forest Music Camp, Vermont Jazz Center, in the William Paterson Summer Jazz Program. He is also Professor at Guitar-Sessions since 2014.

 

 

Michele Hendricks

(Singer/Songwriter/Composer)

 

Michele Hendricks, American singer, songwriter, went on stage at the age of eight with her father Jon Hendricks, himself a singer, songwriter and founder of the famous vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. After having studied dance and theater in London, she pursued her musical studies in San Francisco before returning to New York, her birthplace, for two years, during which she worked with Buddy Rich and Stan Getz.

Michele then returned to San Francisco to sing in the show Jon HENDRICKS "Evolution of the Blues", which played for six years. Afterwards she formed her own group, with which she worked in the San Francisco area. 

She rejoined her father when he formed his new group "Jon Hendricks & Co". They recorded the album "Love", nominated for the Grammy Awards, and for which Michele did the arrangements. 

Michele eventually left the band to start a solo career, and currently sings in the USA, Europe and Japan.

Her CD in tribute to Ella Fitgerald, "A Little Bit Of Ella (Now & Then)", recorded with the Tommy Flanagan Trio and released in early 2016 received a good critical and public reception. 

 

  • Le Figaro: "one of the great singers, those who have vocal quality and musical mastery added to extraordinary stage presence".
  • Télérama: "Michele HENDRICKS up their with the best, has managed to create her own forms, as sophisticated as those of Sarah, with experience that has nothing to envy Ella, and at the heart roots that can be traced back Bessie". 
  • Jazzman: "Scat, she is now the universal champion …"

 

GUEST LECTURERS

Fabien Aubry

Fabien Aubry

Arranger/Producer/Berklee