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.

The school also has a curriculum specially designed for vocalists.

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

 

First 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.

Second Year

In-depth harmonic learning, techniques of harmonization, re-harmonization and development of voice leading. Arrangement techniques and writing for several voices (2 to 4 voices). Study of different styles and writing for different orchestrations.
Group lessons in small numbers * some specific instruments require a lesson with a private teacher or in a small group. Can thus reduce the number of hours.
Sight reading techniques on your main instrument.
Group play, improvisation and repertoire work to prepare school concerts and jam-sessions.
Developing the tools that will allow you to self-produce (being able to record, control the sound, understand mixing, mastering, MIDI tools etc ...). Essential for any professional musician.
Deepening of rhythm studies, advanced readings, transcriptions and recognition of 4-tone chords and more. Progressive melodic and harmonic dictations, work rhythms, "time feel" and forms with Guillaume Estace and Magic Malik.
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.

Third Year

Classical harmony and impressionism (Ravel, Debussy, ...) and use in current music. Advanced harmonization and arranging techniques.
Group lessons in small numbers * some specific instruments require a lesson with a private teacher or in a small group. Can thus reduce the number of hours.
Advanced group lessons in various aesthetics, supervised by a school teacher. The groups will represent the school in the biggest Parisian clubs.
Work on atonal solfegio, theory, polyrhythms, recognition of advanced chord shapes (5 or 6 sounds), work on rhythms, "time feel" and forms with Guillaume Estace and Magic Malik.
Composition class, artistic development and work on students EP's.
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 (for example, First Year in Sight-Reading and Second 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.

 

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 ...

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

 

Lou Tavano

(Singer/Songwriter)

 

*** Nominated for the Victoires du Jazz 2020 (French Grammy Awards) in the “Vocal Artist” category ***

Lou Tavano began playing the piano at five, singing at ten and acting at fifteen.

At twenty she meets her alter ego Alexey Asantcheeff, at twenty-five publishes her first EP, at thirty her first album.

In November 2012, she released her first cover EP Meets Alexey Asantcheeff (self-produced) with which she toured in France and Germany in 2013 and 2014. She thus attracted the attention of many professionals, including Siggi Loch, founder of prestigious German label ACT, which signs it on the spot.

Now ACT recording artist, Lou Tavano publishes his first album For You (ACT / PIAS) on March 4, 2016, widely hailed by French and European critics.

An active member of this young French generation who comes to renew jazz, she draws from a melting pot of current influences the raw material for her second opus "Uncertain Weather" (L’UN L’UNE / L’Autre Distribution).

www.loutavanomusic.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

 

Raphaël Pannier

(Drummer/Composer)

 

A graduate of Berklee College of Music and Manhattan School of Music, Raphaël has already recorded more than twenty albums as a sideman and has performed with artists such as Lee Ritenour, Steve Wilson, Bob James, Marcos Valle, Eric Lewis, Manuel Valera, Rotem Sivan, Lage Lund among others.

At just 30 years old, he released his first album “Faune” on September 18, 2020 as a leader with the jazz giants Miguel Zenón (alto saxophone), Aaron Goldberg (piano) and François Moutin (double bass). Produced by the French Paradox label, “Faune” has already been voted “revelation” by Jazz magazine.

www.raphaelpannier.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

 

Clément Janinet

(Violinist/Composer/Arranger)

 

After studying at the CNR in Châlon sur Saône and at the Didier Lockwood Music Center, Clément Janinet obtained a first prize from the Jazz and Improvised Music department of the CNSMD in Paris in 2007, then won the springboard of the defense festival within the Radiation group. 10.

Passionate about African and South American music, he multiplies encounters and trips around the world to incorporate those influences. He developed his own techniques which he integrates into jazz and improvised music which give him a unique sound.

He has played alongside Antoine Hervé, Didier Lockwood, Ricardo del Fra, Sylvain Rifflet, Gilles Coronado, Han Bennink, Ramon Lopez, Mark Turner, Magic Malik, Etienne Mbappe for jazz and Mauro Palmas, Richard Bona, Orchestra do Fuba, Adama Drame, Cheik Tidiane seik, Akale Wube, Charlotte Dipanda, Tony Chasseur for world music.

He has been playing with the formations of Etienne Mbappé and Simon Winse since 2007 and in a duet with Benjamin Flament since 2011. Since 2012, he has been part of the company “La vie Brève” with which he participated in the creation of “Crocodile Trompeur / Dido et Enée ”(Molière for the best musical theater show in 2014) and“ Orfeo, je suis mort en arcadie ” in 2017.

In 2017, he created the O.U.R.S quartet composed of Joachim Florent, Hugues Mayot and Emmanuel Scarpa with whom he recorded his first album as a leader (ffff télérama, Révélation Jazz Magazine)

He has also performed since 2018 with The Space Galvachers as part of the Brazza O Kilometer creation for the Africolor festival as well as with Ray Lema.

Clément janinet has given more than 700 concerts in more than 35 countries.

 

Alexey Asantcheeff

(Pianist/Composer/Arranger/Lyricist)

 

Pianist, arranger, composer and lyricist, this Franco-British of Russian origin draws his inspiration as much from the classical music of his childhood as from the jazz that saw him grow up. With his ears and heart wide open to all the current music that surrounds him, he multiplies his collaborations with the young creators of the moment: the Parisian revelation Lou Tavano, the Brazilian Diogo Strausz (Voyou), the Reunionese Bastien Picot (Aurus), Marquesan director Ory Meuel, …

Grandson of Scottish composer and conductor Jack Lockhart, Alexey Asantcheeff began studying classical piano at the age of 6, under the aegis of Italian pianist Carla Segalini. He completed his jazz training at the American School of Modern Music in Paris before following the teaching of Pierre Bertrand (Paris Jazz Big Band, Nice Jazz Orchestra, etc.) with who he explores orchestration for Big Band.

His arrangements notably caught the attention of Stan Laferrière (Grand Orchester de Jazz de l'Armée de l'Air). At the same time, he followed the classical orchestration lessons of David Lampel, and explored the modal harmonic language with the Hungarian professor Emil Spanyi.

He notably co-signs, in collaboration with Lou Tavano, all the compositions of the disc For you released in March 2016 on the German label ACT, and receives recognition from the French and European press for the first album of the young singer.

 

Jean-Philippe Viret

(Double Bassist/Composer)

 

Born in Saint-Quentin on September 16, 1959. Begins music at 18 and studies double bass with Jean-Paul Macé then Jacques Cazauran, harmony and counterpoint with Julien Falk. 1981, creation of the Double Bass Orchestra with which he has played for over 30 years. Plays with many musicians of his generation (Emmanuel Bex, Simon Goubert, Marc Ducret ....) as well as with the "old ones" (René Urtreger, Georges Arvanitas, Michel Graillier ...) and foreign soloists (Lee Konnitz, Bill Carrothers, Dave Liebmann, Kenny Wheeler, Youn Sun, …)

Joined from 1989 to 1997 the trio of Stéphane GRAPPELLI.

In 1998, the first concert of the TRIO VIRET (Edouard Ferlet / piano, Antoine Banville then Fabrice Moreau / drums) with which he recorded 7 albums and gave numerous concerts in France and abroad (New York, Montreal, Japan, China, Korea ...)
Already nominated in 2003, the trio won the instrumental group of the year award at the Victoires de la musique 2011 (French Grammy Awards)

Release of the trio's 7th album, “l'ineffable” in January 2015. Also directs the trio “60% de mater grave” (Eric Seva / bass sax, Michel Godard / Tuba) as well as the string quartet “SUPPLÉMENT D'ÂME "" (Sebastien Surel / vl, David Gaillard / al, Eric-Maria Couturier / vlc).

Also plays in many formations, including:

The Contrabass Orchestra - African jazz roots quartet - Duo with Atsushi Sakai - Mathias Lévy Trio - Emmanuel Borghi Trio - Duo with Rémi Gaudillat - Triumviret - Les primitifs du futur - Release of the trio's 8th album, "Ivresse" in September 2019 at the place of Release of the 7th album of the trio, “l'ineffable” in January 2015

https://www.jeanphilippeviret.com/.

 

 

Nicolas BAUER

(Bassist/Composer)

 

Born in Paris in 1985, Nicolas BAUER began playing bass at the age of 13 before starting his studies a few years later at IMFP, CIM and then CRD in Montreuil. He made his first scenes with multiple projects in the making while at the same time creating his first group as leader "Sezam Project" with which he released a first eponymous album in 2007.

Nicolas Bauer then worked as a bassist and double bassist for a wide variety of artists: Emel Mathlouthi, Nawel Benkraiem, Christophe, Julien Doré, Elbi, Dendana, Nour Harkati, Flouka, Collectif la Casserole, Dgiz, Hend Zouari, Syrine Benmoussa, ….

At the same time, he released a second album "Sezam" with a new group "Nicolas Bauer Quintet" in 2013. He continues to work as a sideman with Magic Malik, Brice Wassy, ​​Paco Sery, Naissam Jalal, Arat kilo, The Khu, Clara Polaire , Nirina Lune, RimKaboré, Mages, ….

He is currently releasing a 3rd album “Borderline” with his latest project “Nicolas Bauer Artefact

 

Raphaële Atlan

(Singer/Composer/Author/Pianist)

 

Raphaële was trained from an early age on classical piano, singing and dancing. After a literary university course, she entered the American School of Modern Music in Paris, then the Didier Lockwood Music Center from which she graduated in 2010. Student of Michele Hendricks and Sheila Jordan for vocal improvisation, she also studied with by Benoît Sourisse, Pierre de Bethmann, Olivier Hutman, Franck Amsallem and many other renowned pianists.

After having participated in several prestigious competitions (Montreux Jazz Voice Competition in 2008, Crest Jazz Vocal in 2011, etc.), in 2012 she was the winner of the Jazz in Vannes and Lagny Jazz Festival.

At the head of a quartet composed of Romain Pilon (l.), Zacharie Abraham (cb.) And Nicolas Charlier (dms), in 2011 she released her first album, Inner Stories, then in 2015 Give It Time both on the label of the duo Charlier-Sourisse, Gemini Records, in partnership with TSF Jazz and Sacem and performs on tour throughout France and internationally (Jazzahead, Kriol Jazz Festival, etc.). She made several first parts among which those of Jean-Jacques Milteau, Thomas Enhco or Airelle Besson.

Raphaële had the pleasure of performing on stage and collaborating with many jazz artists such as Vincent Bidal, Stéphane Guillaume, Anthony Strong, Olivier Hutman, David Linx, Alain Chamfort, Sheila Jordan, Geoffrey Secco, Matthieu Chazarenc, etc.

She has also accompanied on the piano and as a chorister several variety artists including Liane Foly and Christophe Willem.

www.raphaeleatlan.com

 

 

GUEST LECTURERS

Fabien Aubry

Fabien Aubry

Arranger/Producer/Berklee