Escuela de Música Contemporánea

Escuela de Música Contemporánea (EMC) was founded in 1997 in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina. EMC has been collaborating with and hosting programs by Berklee College of Music and its faculty from the time of its inception. Combining theory with practical experience, including playing in ensembles, concerts, and project bands, the EMC’s main purpose is to prepare students for careers in contemporary music performance (voice, piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, woodwinds, and brass), arranging, composing, and production in such a way that they will make a significant contribution to society and the musical scene in the region.

The Professional Music Program can be completed in three years, after which students can choose between majors, all of which take two additional years of study, in:

• Composition and Arranging
• Performance
• Music Production

Besides the two, 18-week main semesters (March-July and August-December), we also offer several shorter 4- to 8-week courses and workshops. Upon completion of the different programs, the students obtain a diploma certificate that is delivered at the annual graduation event.

The EMC has many rooms for theory/practical instruction, several of them are fully equipped for performance classes, ensembles, and instrumental workshops. In the cafeteria area there is a stage with a sound and light system for recitals, either by students or by visiting artists and clinicians. We have a large recording studio and control room where tech classes of up to 22 students are held.

EMC has about 35 faculty members. Its teachers are among the finest performers on the local scene. Several are Berklee alumni and some others are former EMC students. Jazz, blues, rock, pop, Latin American, and Argentinean popular music are the main styles on which the instruction is focused. Currently, EMC has almost 400 students, with a high percentage of international students, mostly from South and Central America.

EMC is one of the founding members of ALAEMUS (Asociación Latinoamericana de Escuelas de Música). ALAEMUS holds annual summits (CLAEM), and its goals are to promote collaboration among Latin American institutions, students, and teachers, as well as the exchange of educational material and publications. 

Bartolomé Mitre 1352
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone 1: (54-11) 5081-0111
Phone 2: (54-11) 5081-0440
Contacts: Marcelo Braga, president, general director
Daniel Johansen, academic director