Based on level and language ability, IES Abroad places each student with some of the best teachers in the country for both individual instruction and ensemble work. Most of these teachers currently work for prestigious institutions like the orchestra of La Scala, top Italian conservatories and universities, as well as private academies.
For Music: Tradition and Innovation students, IES Abroad will cover the cost of all music-related courses at partner institutions in the total program cost. Any additional non-music courses taken at partner institutions will come at an additional cost to the student.
Our Milan Music Program allows you to take courses at the best music institutions in Milan. The institutions that most frequently welcome U.S. semester and full-year students are:
- Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado
- Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi
- La Verdi Symphonic Orchestra and Choir
- Milano Classica Chamber Orchestra: String Orchestra Assistantship (Spring only)
- Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado
The largest private music school in Italy, the Scuola Civica di Musica includes schools of:
- Early music
Our Music Coordinator may arrange for you to take instrumental technique and performance classes here, as well as English-taught composition, theory, or history course.
Based on the number of contact hours, you earn 2-3 credits per course for instruction, private lessons, and ensemble work. Either audio or video files/web links are required with the application. Private non-performance music classes may be arranged in Italian or English.
Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi
Founded in 1807, the Conservatorio G. Verdi is the largest music school in Italy, enrolling 2,000 students each year. Some of Italy’s most famous musicians have graduated from or taught at the Conservatorio. Individual instruction may be arranged with faculty from the Conservatorio, based on your skill level.
Based on the number of contact hours, you earn 2-3 credits per course for instruction, private lessons, and ensemble work. Either audio or video files/web links are required with the music application.
La Verdi Symphonic Orchestra and Choir
The Symphonic Orchestra and Choir of La Verdi was founded in the autumn of 1998 under the musical direction of Romano Gandolfi, and is made up of 100 members who perform a wide range of musical repertoire, ranging from symphonic to chamber and polyphonic works, from Baroque to Twentieth century modern music. The Choir typically sings with the Symphonic Orchestra of Milano Giuseppe Verdi, but also collaborates with various national and international symphonic groups. La Verdi provides an opportunity for you to work shoulder to shoulder with professional performers and participate in rehearsals and concerts that fit with your voice or instrument.
An audition by either an audio or video file or web link is required, along with the music application. After the Music Coordinator has received your audition material, they will arrange for an in-person live audition with the conductor which will take place when you arrive in Milan.
Milano Classica Chamber Orchestra: String Orchestra Assistantship (Spring only)
The string orchestra assistantship is designed to offer undergraduate string performers the opportunity to enhance their orchestral practice of both early Baroque and Classical repertoire, including relevant chamber music literature when applicable. Music students also increase their performance skills and are introduced to performance practice with original instruments. Milano Classica, a renowned chamber orchestra that has been active on the professional Milanese scene since 1992, welcomes U.S. college students to participate in their concert season at the beautiful Palazzina Liberty Hall.
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Founded in 1921, the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is located in the old city center in the former ancient monastery of Saint Ambrose. It is also one of the largest private universities in Europe. It is also a short walk from Santa Maria delle Grazie, the church where Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper” is located. The surrounding neighborhood of winding, narrow streets blends with the Renaissance architecture of the Cattolica and its charming courtyards. The Cattolica campus is a short 5-minute walk from the IES Abroad Milan Center. There are a few Italian-taught music history courses available to students with the appropriate language background.