Regulation

INTERNAL EDUCATIONAL REGULATION

(Approved by the Administrative Board, 6, December 2013)

CONTENTS

FIRST PART

FIRST TITLE – COMMON AND ORGANIZATIONAL NORMS

CHAPTER I – Generalities and Definitions

Art.1 Generalities
Art.2 Definitions
Art.3 Bodies responsible for educational structures

CHAPTER II – EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATION

SECTION I – TEACHERS

Art.4 Method of assigning educational tasks
Art.5 Commission for entry examination
Art.6 Commission for progress examination
Art.7 Commission for final test
Art.8 Educational programme
Art.9 Verification and evaluation of educational activities
Art.10 Disclosure of official acts

SECTION II – STUDENTS

Art.11 Enrolments
Art.12 Suspension and withdrawal from studies
Art.13 Orientation and mentoring p. 9

SECOND TITLE – EDUCATIONAL AUTONOMY

CHAPTER I – COMMON NORMS

Art.14 Degrees and formative offering
Art.15 Course activation
Art.16 Duration of degree programmes
Art.17 Degree programme requirements
Art.18 Degree programme regulations
Art.19 Maintaining and discontinuation of courses
Art.20 Degree programmes with an admissions test
Art.21 Types of educational forms
Art.22 Preparatory phase and barrings
Art.23 Exams and other forms of progress evaluation
Art.24 Final test and the attainment of the degree
Art.25 Modalities of conducting the final test
Art.26 Admission to degree programmes
Art.27 Educational debts and conditional admission
Art.28 Requirements of degree programmes and individual study plans
Art.29 Behind-schedule course participation and repetition
Art.30 Academic training credits
Art.31 Attainment and recognition of credits
Art.32 Community language
Art.33 Artistic activities and other activities subject to the evaluation of credits
Art.34 Courses attended at partner institutes of an equal level
Art.35 Transfers
Art.36 Course transfers and continuation of studies
Art.37 Study periods undertaken at another institute in Italy or abroad
Art.38 Recognition of degrees earned abroad
Art.39 International cooperation
Art.40 National and international relations and the issuing of joint degrees
Art.41 Enrolment in single courses
Art.42 Multimedial and remote education
Art.43 Modifications to the present regulations
Art.44 Validity p. 23

CHAPTER II – OTHER TRAINING ACTIVITIES

Art.45 Preparatory training activities
Art.46 Basic musical training courses
SECOND PART

FIRST TITLE – EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Art.1 Activation of departments and schools

Art.2 List of Three-year First-level academic degree programmes
Art.3 List of Two-year Second-level academic degree programmes

 

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FIRST PART

FIRST TITLE – COMMON AND ORGANIZATIONAL NORMS

CHAPTER I – GENERALITIES AND DEFINITIONS

 Art.1 Generalities

1. The purpose of the present regulation is to discipline the educational requirements of the degree programmes of Siena Jazz (hereinafter referred to as Siena Jazz) for which MIUR (Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) has been asked to authorize the issuance of Degrees with legal value, as well as the criteria and modalities for carrying out the formative activities of Siena Jazz.

2. The educational requirements of the degree programmes instituted by Siena Jazz are defined in compliance with the present regulation.

3. The educational requirements are submitted for periodic verification, upon request from the educational structures involved as well, for the purpose of updating the training goals, the contents and the relative credits.

Art. 2 – Definitions

The following definitions shall be applied:

  1. disciplinary areas:the totality of artistic-disciplinary sectors definied by Ministerial Decree no. 90 of 3 July 2009;
  2. training activities: all the activities intended for the cultural and professional training of students, with reference to courses taught, to seminars, and to practical or workshop exercises, to dissertations, to artistic production, to research activities, to group educational activities, to mentoring, to orientation, to internship, to theses, to individual study activities and to self-study;
  3. disciplinary field: discipline included in a specific artistic-disciplinary sector that constitutes an educational subject;
  4. course board: the totality of professors in the disciplines afferent to the degree programme of a student designated by the Student Council;
  5. basic musical training courses: the training activities aimed at the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for entry to higher instruction;
  6. degree programmes: the programmes for a first-level academic diploma, the programmes for a second-level academic diploma, specialization programmes, post-graduate or masters programmes, programmes for training in research;
  7. academic training credit, hereinafter referred to as ATC:the measure of the volume of work in learning, including individual study, required of a student endowed with adequate initial preparation for the acquisition of knowledge and ability in the training activities laid out by the educational requirements of the degree programmes;
  8. curriculum: the totality of training activities specified in the educational regulations of the degree programmes and aimed at the attainment of the relative degree;
  9. declaration: the description of the disciplinary field;
  10. department: the coordinating structure of the educational activities, of research and of artistic production of the schools afferent to the same;
  11. training objectives: the totality of knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for the achievement of the artistic, cultural and professional level for which the degree is intended;
  12. training offerings:the courses relative to the Three-year First-level Diploma and to the Two-year Second-level Diploma;
  13. educational requirements of the degree programmes: the totality of the disciplines and of the activities laid out in the curricula of the degree programmes and the totality of the norms regulating them;
  14. regulations of the degree programmes: the regulations pertinent to the functionality of the single degree programmes;
  15. school: the totality of degree programmes however denomimated, grouped by homogeneous subjects;
  16. artistic-disciplinary sectors: groupings of homogeneous disciplines attributable to the same declaration;
  17. educational structure:the structure that plans and coordinates the educational service;
  18. degree: the First-level academic diploma; the Second-level academic diploma; the specialized academic diploma; the academic diploma in training for research and the post-graduate or masters diploma.

Art. 3 – Bodies responsible for educational structures

  1. Siena Jazz, in accordance with the Statute, is composed of educational structures and further activates the bodies responsible for their operation.
  2. Siena Jazz in first-time adoption activates the departments and the school as indicated in the second part, first title arts. 1, 2, and 3 of the present regulation.
  3. Should it be deemed opportune, a decree from the Director may call for the constitution of other organizational coordinating structures for research and production that group together different schools on the basis of the homogeneity of the historic or interpretative fields of study.  Furthermore, additional structures may be instituted with functions identical to those of previous structures, in relation as well to disciplinary fields not attributable to specific schools.

CHAPTER II – EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATION

SECTION I – TEACHERS

Art. 4 – Assignation of educational tasks

The assignation of educational tasks to the teachers shall be carried out directly by the Educational Director.

The musicians shall be assigned teaching roles with project-based employment contracts, fixed-term contracts or free-lance contracts, participating in the educational activities of the structure for the entire duration of the respective contracts.

Art. 5 – Commission for entry examination

The Commission for entry examination shall be composed of at least three teachers selected from among the title-holders of teaching fields with the greatest numbers of training credits.

Teachers from other disciplines may also take part in the Commission in order to verify the basic knowledge of candidates in keeping with the exam programme.  The evaluation of the entry examination shall be expressed in hundredths.

Art. 6 – Commission for progress examination

Disciplines within the study plan shall entail, with a view to the attainment of relative credits and to the fulfillment of potential preparatory requirements, an evaluation by the teacher of the course or by an examination commission.

In the examination, the evaluation of the individual progress on the part of the student shall be given by a Commission and shall be expressed in a single result in thirtieths, with the possibile addition of a cum laude designation. A cum laude designation may be given with the unanimous consent of the Commission.

Commissions for Progress Examination shall be appointed by the Director and shall be formed so as to include, except in cases of serious demonstrated reason, the teacher of the student under examination.

The Educational Director has the right to take part in Commissions.

Every Commission shall be composed of the course teacher and at least two other teachers within the same discipline, or in disciplines traditionally considered kindred, or of specific and demonstrated competence.  The presence of the Director as a rule may substitute one of the two teachers who cooperate with the teacher in the subject matter of the student under examination.  Examination appeals shall normally be carried out in three sessions per year.  For particular reasons related to education, to logistics and/or to the most efficient temporal distribution of evaluations, extraordinary examination appeals may also be planned.

Art. 7 – Commission for final test

  1. The commission for the final test in the degree programme shall be composed of not less than five teachers.
  2. The commission shall be presided over by the Director or by his or her delegate, and shall include the teacher/teachers who took part in preparation of the final test as well as at least one teacher as a reference within the relevant discipline.  Commissions shall be appointed by the Director, assuring the transversality of representation of the diverse training areas.  Experts from outside the Institution may also be called to take part in the commission.
  3. The commission shall designate from among its components a secretary in charge of recording results.

Art. 8 – Educational Programme

  1. The academic calendar shall be established by the Director in consultation with the Academic Board, normally no later than 30 July of each academic year.
  2. The Director, having gathered proposals drawn up by the educational structures, shall plan the activities of the first- and second-level academic courses and of all other courses starting up, except in the case of specific exigencies, in the subsequent academic year.
  3. Teaching periods shall last on either a semester or annual basis.  In relation to specific needs, different functional formats may be given to the organizational programme.
  4. The periods of training activies and the calendar of lessons shall be determined by the Director, keeping in mind the functional needs of the educational programmes.  Further relevant educational activies may also be held during periods of break from the educational activities related to course requirements.
  5. There shall be, as a rule, three examination sessions; appeals may be held for each examination session.
  6. Siena Jazz shall make known to students the calendar of examinations with no less than fifteen days of advance notice.
  7. Final tests for the attainment of a first- or second-level academic diploma relative to each academic year shall be held no later than 30 April of the subsequent academic year; final tests may be taken by students enrolled in the previous academic year without the obligation to re-enroll by such a date.
  8. In conducting tests for academic diplomas, Siena Jazz shall guarantee, as a rule, three sessions to be spread out over the academic year.  The final exams for the attainment of an academic diploma, relative to each academic year, shall be held no later than the third session.

Art. 9 – Verification and evaluation of educational activities

1. The Director, in consultation with the Academic Board, shall establish periodic verifications of the efficiency, functionality and quality of the educational programme.

2. The results of such verifications shall constitute the reference point for the subsequent planning of educational activities and and shall be further used for the periodic revision of educational requirements of the degree programmes.

Art. 10 – Disclosure of official acts

1. Siena Jazz shall in a timely fashion see to the forms and means of disclosing procedures and decisions undertaken.

2. Siena Jazz shall annually make public the statement of its studies.  This statement shall indicate:

a) the degree programmes, along with the relevant disciplines and indications of preparatory requirements, if necessary;

b) admission requirements for each course;

c) maximum number of enrolments in each course, if applicable;

d) the method and calendar of pertinent admission tests;

e) the norms concerning attendance;

f) the conditions, methods and every other obligation necessary for registration and enrolment in the courses;

g) the academic calendar;

h) the methods of the presentation of individual study programmes;

i) the types of training activities, in compliance with Ministerial Decree 154 of 12 November 2009;

l)  the hours of lectures;

m) the forms of evaluation for the assignation of training credits;

n) any other indication considered useful.

3. By the begnning of the academic year, Siena Jazz shall provide the educational guide prepared in conformity with European Guidelines.  The educational guide shall include the annual statement of studies together with other information useful in illustrating the planned activities, the choices, the opportunities, and the obligations pertinent to students.

  1. Siena Jazz shall be responsible for making known no later than the start of the academic year the programmes of disciplines activated, along with any information deemed useful.
  2. Siena Jazz shall appoint and announce, when necessary, the person in charge of activities and procedures in conformity with regulations in force.

SECTION II – STUDENTS

Art. 11 – Enrolments

1. The qualification as students of Siena Jazz shall be limited to individuals who are enrolled in courses, who comply with enrolment procedures, and who are up-to-date on all necessary taxes and fees.

  1. Applications for enrolment and for renewed registration shall be submitted with the methods and within the deadlines laid out by the Educational Director in consultation with the Academic Board.

Art. 12 – Suspension and withdrawal from studies

1. Any student who, having enrolled in a first- or second-level academic degree programme, does not renew his or her registration, shall have the option of reapplying for the same study programme for the study year subsequent to the last one undertaken within the following three academic years in the case of a first-level degree programme or within the following two years in the case of a second-level degree programme, subject to the verification of previously earned credits, the actual avaibility of a post for the student, and the regularisation of the student’s administrative position.

  1. The student may request suspension of studies for one or more academic years in order to enroll in and attend courses at institutes of the same level either inside Italy or abroad.  Suspension may be granted by the Director in consultation with the Academic Board.
  2. During the period of interruption or suspension of studies, the student shall not be held responsible to pay taxes and fees.  The amount to be paid upon resuming studies shall be established by the Board of Administration.
  3. The student may withdraw from the continuance of his or her career, explicitly expressing such intention in written form.  The withdrawal shall be irrevocable, though it shall not preclude the possibility of subsequent enrolment in the same degree course.

5. Consequent to the student’s withdrawal, the Institute shall release certification of the career carried out thus far and of the credits earned until the moment of withdrawal.  In the event of subsequent re-enrolment, recognition of credits earned shall be addressed by the relevant educational structure, subject to verification that the credits have not lapsed into obsolescence.

Art. 13 – Orientation and mentoring

  1. Siena Jazz shall promote activities in favour of orientation in the acacademic choice through both the production and distribution of documentary and audiovisual material and of self-evaluation tests; to this end the Board of Administration in consultation with the Academic Board and the educational structures, shall lay out a plan of activities to be conducted also in collaboration with public and private organizations, as well as with institutes of upper secondary education.
  2. In order to further facilitate informed decisions regarding study programmes, Siena Jazz shall provide adequate information on the training tracks of the various educational structures and shall make public the annual announcement of studies.
  3. Siena Jazz shall activate orientation services aimed at placement within working and professional spheres.
  4. Siena Jazz shall institute mentoring activities for its students, aimed at providing information on degree programmes, on student services, on administrative operations, on the activities of the Institute and on anything else deemed to be of interest to students.  Toward such an end, tutors shall be chosen from among the institution’s internal personnel.
  5. Siena Jazz shall work toward the complete integration of students with disabilities.

SECOND TITLE – EDUCATIONAL AUTONOMY

CHAPTER I – COMMON NORMS

Art. 14 – Degrees and formative offering

  1. Siena Jazz shall issue the following study degrees:

a) First-level Academic Diploma, granted upon the completion of the First-Level Academic Diploma programme;

b)  Second-level Academic Diploma, granted upon the completion of the Second-Level Academic Diploma programme;

c) Specialized Academic Diploma, granted upon the completion of the specialization programme;

d) Post-Graduate Diploma (First- and Second-Level Masters), granted upon completion of the post-graduate programme;

e)  Academic Training Diploma in Research, granted upon the completion of the musical research training programme lasting no less than three years.

  1. Specialized academic courses shall be activitated in reference to, among other things, creative-interpretative professional fields, educational-pedagogical fields, methodological-planning fields, new technology and language fields, and fields concerned with the promotion and conservation of artistic heritage.
  2. Post-graduate or masters courses shall be activitated in relation to the cultural needs of in-depth study in certain areas of study, refesher courses, and professional qualification.
  3. On the basis of pertinent agreements, Siena Jazz may issue study degrees in compliance with the present article and furthermore jointly with other institutions on the same level in Italy and abroad, in accordance with the norms in force.
  4. Beyond the degree programmes described in the articles above, Siena Jazz may activate further training activities governed by related regulations.

Art. 15 – Course activation

  1. The courses activated by Siena Jazz are definited in the second part, first title, articles 1, 2 and 3 of the present regulation with the indication of the relevant schools and departments.
  2. Eventual new courses shall be activated subject to ministerial approval and inclusion in the present Regulation.

Art. 16 – Duration of degree programmes

  1. To obtain the first-level academic diploma, students must earn 180 credits.  To obtain the second-level academic diploma, students must earn 120 credits.  To obtain the post-graduate or masters diploma, students must earn 60 credits.  To obtain the specialization or research training diploma, the single educational requirements of the degree programmes shall determine the minimum number of credits to be earned, which shall in any case be no less than 120.
  2. Among the educational requirements for degree programmes, two types of curriculum are defined in correspondence to the different durations of the programmes:

a) regular-length curriculum for students engaged in full-time study;

b) extended-length curriculum, in any case amounting to no more than twice the regular duration, for students who qualify as “not engaged in full-time study”.

  1. For students engaged in full-time study, the normal duration of first-level degree programmes shall be three years, without prejudice to Art. 27, clause 5 of the present regulation, and the regular duration of second-level degree programmes shall be two additional years following the first-level diploma.
  2. Except as otherwise specified in the act of enrolment, students shall be considered as engaged in full-time study.  Educational requirements of degree programmes shall govern the method of transfer from one curriculum to another; such transfer shall in any case be requested of the relavent educational structure, and said structure shall deliberate in light of the career carried out thus far, of the years of enrolment and of the availability of positions.

Art. 17 – Degree programme requirements

1. Educational requirements of the degree programmes, decided upon by the Director in consultation with the Academic Board, shall be adopted by Siena Jazz, subsequent to ministerial approval, when deemed necessary.

  1. The educational requirements of the Siena Jazz degree programmes shall govern:

a) the denominations and training goals of the degree programmes, indicating the relative schools;

b) the general framework of the training activities included in the curricula;

c) the credits assigned to each training activity with regard to the types of academic training activities (basic, characteristic, akin to or integrative), pertaining to one or more artistic-disciplinary areas;

d) the characteristics of the final test to obtain the degree;

e) the type of training activities, in relation to Ministerial Decree no. 154 of 12 November 2009;

f) the hours of lectures;

g) the forms of evaluation for the assignment of credits.

  1. The educational requirements for second-level degree programmes shall establish which credits, beyond those previously earned in the first-level programme and recognized as valid, are to be considered necessary for the continuance of studies; for each second-level programme, the credits of at least one first-level programme must receive full recognition.
  2. Further degree programmes beyond those described in the present regulation, defined by the same procedures, shall constitute additions to the same regulation.  The Board of Administration shall be obliged to verify the financial congruity of the new programmes proposed.

Art. 18 – Degree programme regulations

1. Siena Jazz shall determine the educational requirements of degree programmes in their educational regulations laid out in compliance, for each course, with the present regulation.

2. The regulations of the degree programmes, in compliance with the statute, in the educational regulations of Siena Jazz and of the norms in effect, shall be drawn up and disclosed by the Director in consultation with the relevant educational structures subsequent to approval by the Academic Board.

  1. The proposed regulations must necessarily contain:

a) a list of the teachers of degree programmes and, if necessary, with their division into modules as well as other training activities;

b) the specific training goals, the credits and, if necessary, preparatory requirements for each kind of training and for any additional training activity;

c) the curricula offered to the students and the rules of presentation, whenever necessary, of individual study plans;

d) the type of educational forms, including from a distance, of exams and of other progress examinations as well as the specific characteristics of the final test for the attainment of the degree;

e) the rules governing attendance requirements;

f) make-up activities to compensate for attendance requirements in case of waiver;

g) the introduction, if necessary, of purpose-designed organizational modes of the training activities for students non engaged in full-time study.

4. The regulation of degree programmes shall define the knowledge required for admittance and shall determine the method of verificaton thereof, including at the conclusion of preparatory training activities undertaken, if necessary, in collaboration with institutes of upper secondary education.

Art. 19 – Maintaining and discontinuation of courses

1. The Director, in consultation with the Academic Board, shall annually evaluate the persistence of the conditions that determined the activation of degree programmes and shall propose to the Board of Administration either the maintaining or the discontinuation of the same.

  1. In the event of the discontinuation of degree courses, Siena Jazz shall ensure already enrolled students the opportunity to conclude their studies and to obtain the relevant degree; the decision to discontinue shall be accompanied by methods of passage to other degree programmes underway, with recognition of credits earned until that moment, for students who should so request.  Discontinuance shall entail the end of enrolments and the gradual termination of the cycle of studies.  The decision to discontiune shall be communicated to the relevant Ministry.

Art. 20 – Degree programmes with an admissions test

1. The maximum number of students admitted to degree programmes shall be planned by the President of the Board of Administration, in consultation with the Educational Director and the consultational opinion of the Academic Board.  Waivers, when deemed necessary, may be granted by the Educational Director, in consultation with the Academic Board, based on the verification of particular musical gifts noted by the commissions appointed for admissions selection.

  1. The Director, in consultation with the Academic Board, shall set the date by which Siena Jazz shall indicate the calendar and the methods of conducting the admission tests, the contents of which shall be established by the pertinent educational structures and shall be indicated in the regulations of the degree programmes, together with the requisites required for participation.

3. The admission selection test shall be conducted under the authority of a purpose-appointed commission, thus as indentified in the regulation of the relevant degree programmes, in accordance with the norms in force and with the instructions of the Director and of the Academic Board.

  1. The ranking of results on the basis of which candidate students may request registration shall be made public in a timely fashion and no later in any case than eight days after the tests are held.
  2. Any candidate deemed suitable for acceptance in programmes with a limited number of participants shall have the right to enroll only if there is an available position within the previously communicated number limit of participants.
  3. In non-academic programmes without a limited number of participants, the relevant educational structures shall indicate the curriculum requisites required for admission.
  4. The tests referred to in preceding clauses may also be carried out upon the conclusion of preparatory training activities undertaken, should the case arise, in collaboration with institutes of upper secondary education, organizations and institutions both public and private.
  5. Students who have attended pre-academic courses offered by Siena Jazz, given that such courses are consistent with and preparatory to the admission of students in academic courses, and who earned a weighted average grade equal or superior to 7.5/10 shall have the right to access the ranking of results without having to undergo the entry exam.  The criterion of the weight of grades shall be defined in deliberation with the Academic Board.
    Art. 21 – Types of educational forms

1. Each training activity may involve diverse methods of implementation and interaction between students and teachers.  Forms foreseen include in particular individual lessons, ensemble lessons, group lessons, theoretical or practical collectives, workshops.  Also possible are lessons from a distance, training internships, seminars, apprenticeships, projects, artistic productions, lectures and production of texts and hypertexts including multimedial works, guided or autonomous individual study activities, mentoring activities, self-evaluation activities, and other types of activities.

  1. The regulations of the degree programmes shall specify the method of implementation of each training activity, indicating attendance requirements, in compliance with ministerial directives on the subject.

The various training activities, in keeping with norms in force, shall be grouped as:

  • training activities aimed at basic training;
  • characterizing training activities;
  • supplementary or affined training activities;
  • additional training activities;
  • student-chosen training activities;
  • training activities relative to preparation for the final test for the attainment of the degree and to the verification of knowledge of the foreign language.  In regard to drawing up the calendar of educational and training activities, the relevant educational structures must, if the case should arise, provide for particular organizational modes that will allow students admitted in compliance with Art. 12 clause 4 of the DPR 212/2005 to simultaneously attend the courses of instruction and training at the upper secondary school.  The regulations of the degree programmes, in the case that they permit the waiver of attendance requirements foreseen for specific teachings within the academic courses, in the particular instance of students not engaged in full-time studies, shall establish the make-up requirements to be satisfied.

Art. 22 – Preparatory phase and barrings

1. The educational requirements of the degree programmes may entail the preparatory phases of certain disciplines or other training activities.  Control relative to respect for the preparatory phases is delegated to the offices of the secretariat.

2. In the case of disciplines spread over more than one year, the student shall be admitted, in keeping with the educational regulations of the single courses of study and in the absence of possible barrings, to attend the years subsequent to the first, during the academic years to follow, also in the case that the students did not achieve a positive result in the exam or in any other form of progress examination foreseen during the preceding year.  In order to be admitted to the progress examination of the years subsequent to the first, it shall however be necessary for the student to have achieved a positive result in the progress examination of the preceding years.

  1. Failure to satisfy the eventual additional formative requirement (educational debt) shall constitute an obstacle to the continuance of the career.
  2. As a rule, one may not repeat more than one time the attendance of the same course.

Art. 23 – Exams and other forms of progress evaluation

1. Progress tests and every other type of evaluation subject to registration may be undertaken only subequent to the conclusion of attendance of the disciplines by the student who has obtained all necessary documentation of attendance and has completed the preparatory phases required by the single requirements; the student must further be up-to-date on the payment of taxes and fees.

  1. The regulations of single courses of study shall determine the methods of progress evalutation in order to verify the adequate preparation of the students toward the end of obtaining credits corresponding to the training activities undertaken and of continuing the students’ career.
  2. In the case of group disciplines and in particular cases, determined by the regulations of the degree programmes, the exam or other form of progress evaluation in performance disciplines, group tests may be administered, provided that the contribution of each individual remain discernible and gradable.
  3. In the case of an educational activity emcompassing various forms or modules, the educational structures shall provide for a single test that measures the progress made in each of the above-named activities.
  4. In accordance with the terms of the educational regulations of the degree programme, tests shall as a rule give rise to grades (in the case of progress examinationss) but may also result in the assignment of a judgment of suitability.
  5. Grades shall always be expressed in thirtieths, and an examination shall be considered as successfully passed with a minimum grade of eighteen thirtieths.  When a candidate has earned the maximum grade, he or she may, in the case of a unanimous vote, be further awarded the designation of cum laude.
  6. The educational regulation of a degree programme may require, in addition to tests of an ordinary nature to be administered by an exam commission, other forms of credit assignment.
  7. Progress exams may be practical (performance or in written form) and/or oral; diversely structured forms of evaluation may also be required, including later tests to be concluded however in a final verification.

9. Progress examination results shall be considered valid if signed by the entire commission; the student is responsible for signing the act of recognition as proof of his or her participation in the test.

  1. The exam shall be registered in the career transcript of the student, along with the relative grade received, only when the exam has been successfully passed.  A failed exam shall not be accompanied by a grade.
  2. The grade shall be reported by the examining commission and shall be written and signed by one of its members within the student’s grade-book.
  3. The student shall have the right to withdraw from an exam until the moment prior to the recording of the final evaluation of progress.
  4. Exams shall be public.
  5. The repetition of an exam that has already been successfully passed, along with the eventual modification of the relative grade, is not permitted.

Art. 24 – Final test and the attainment of the Degree

1. The final test serves to highlight the skills acquired by the candidate during the course of his or hers studies.  The student shall be admitted to take part in the final test after earning all credits required by the study plan.  Attainment of the degree shall be subject to the successful passing of the final test.

2. The final test shall be made up of an interpretative-performance portion carried out in the field characterizing the degree programme and of the discussion of a written paper of adequate artistic-scientific value:

- the interpretative-performance portion shall consist of a public musical performance lasting no less than thirty minutes and no more than sixty minutes, as a soloist or within a musical formation chosen in absolute freedom;

- the second part of the test shall consist of the discussion of a written paper concerning any disciplinary field within the course of study, produced by the student within the terms set by the regulations of the study programme; for the illustration and discussion of the paper the student may freely avail himself or herself of adequate supporting material, including multimedial material.

The method of conducting and evaluating the final test shall be determined by the regulations of the degree programme.

  1. Final tests of first- and second-level academic diplomas shall be conducted in public and the act proclaiming the final result shall also be public.
  2. The final grade shall be expressed in one-hundred-and-tenths, with the possible addition of a cum laude designation.   The final grade cannot be lower than the weighted average, converted into one-hundred-and-tenths, of the evaluations attained during the entire training programme in function of the ATCs earned and of the various types of training activities.  The weighted grade average may be supplemented by the commission up to no more than 10 out of 110 points.  The cum laude designation may be granted only with the unanimous consent of the commission.
  3. Siena Jazz shall release, as a supplement to the diploma, a certificate bearing, in accordance with the formats adopted by the European nations, the main indications concerning the curriculum undertaken by the student in order to attain the same degree.

The commission may grant, by unanimous decision, an “honourable mention” or other forms of academic recognition.

ART. 25 – MODALITIES OF CONDUCTING THE FINAL TEST

  1. The final test serves to highlight the individual features of the candidate as made manifest during the triennium and may concern any from among the disciplinary fields engaged in at the School, provided that the discipline is in active operation during the current academic year, and does not necessarily need to follow the third-year exam programme.
  2. The student shall be admitted to take part in the final test after earning all credits required by his or her training programme.  If the final test concerns a theoretical or theoretical-technical subject, the paper (written thesis, multimedial supporting material, etc.) must be handed in to the Educational Secretariat at least 20 days prior to the exam in four copies.
  3. The final grade cannot be lower than the weighted average, converted into one-hundred-and-tenths, of the grades attained during the entire training programme, with the following distribution:

1. basic training activities 10%

  1. characterizing training activities 70%

3. supplementary or affined training activities 10%

4. student-chosen training activities 10%

5. The weighted grade average may be supplemented by the Commission up to no more than 10 out of 110 points.

6. A designation of cum laude may be assigned only if unanimously decided by the Commission.

  1. The verification of knowledge of a foreign European-Community language shall not affect the final grade.

Art. 26 – Admission to degree programmes

Diverse requisites for admission shall be required according to the degrees undertaken by the student.  In particular:

1. For admission to first-level academic courses, students must have a diploma from upper secondary school or another degree earned abroad and deemed equivalent.  Students showing noteworthy musical skill and aptitude may also be admitted even if they are not in possession of the above-named qualificiations; such qualifications must however be earned no later than the completion of the Academic Diploma programme.

  1. For admission to the second-level Academic Diploma course, students must have a first-level Academic Diploma, a university degree, or a conservatory diploma in conjunction with an upper secondary school diploma.  Students may also be admitted if they hold a different yet equivalent qualification earned abroad and recognized as suitable.  Said qualifications must be coherent with the choice of degree programme.

3. Admission to the courses referred to in the preceding clauses depends on the successful passing of an entry exam that verifies the possession of theoretical, interpretative and/or compositional proficiencies coherent with the parameters of European musical institutions of equal level. Proficiencies for entrance shall be defined by the regulations of each degree programme.  Students deemed suitable shall be listed in a ranking of merit drawn up by the commission.

  1. To be admitted to a course of specialization, students must hold a first-level academic degree or a university degree, or a degree earned abroad and recognized as suitable.  The relevant educational regulations of degree programmes may indicate, if necessary, a second-level academic degree or a masters degree.

5. To be admitted to a training programme in research, students must hold a second-level academic degree or a masters degree, or a degree earned abroad and recognized as suitable.

6. For foreign students holding the requisites requested, the admissions exam shall include verification of adequate knowledge of the Italian language.  A foreign student may, in some cases, be admitted with an educational debt that may be resolved during the first year of study.

7. Recognition of suitability for degrees earned abroad for the sole purpose of admissions shall be deliberated by the Director in keeping with the norms, with European Union directives, and with international agreements in force.

8. The maximum number of students admitted to programmes shall be planned by Siena Jazz in relation to the ratio of students to teachers, as well as to the allocation of structures and infrastructures adequate for the specific training activities in keeping with the requisites defined during the planning and evaluation of the system.

Art. 27 – Educational debts and conditional admission

1. If a student demonstrates deficiencies in preparation during the admissions exam, he or she shall be obliged to resolve these educational deficiencies within the first year of the degree programme, also through attendance of purpose-designed training activities.

2. Educational debts may be attributed to students admitted to second-level courses the curriculum of which is not entirely coherent with the chosen degree programme; such debts are to be resolved through supplementary education.

3. The attribution of educational debts shall fall under the authority of the admissions exam commission.

Art. 28 – Requirements of degree programmes and individual study plans

1. The educational requirements shall define the organization of the curricula of each degree programme, indicating activated disciplines, obligatory training activities, eventual educational modules and further training activities.

2. Each student’s study plan shall include obligatory activities as described in clause 1, eventual training activities foreseen as optional and activities independently selected in compliance with the limitations established by the educational requirements.

3. Student plans shall be approved by the director, in keeping with the subject matter tracks established by the relevant educational structures.  To such an end the Director may avail himself or herself of a commission appointed by him or her; such commission shall be composed of the Director and of two teachers who are members of the Academic Board.

  1. A student may ask to attend additional educational activities with respect to his or her chosen study plan, provided that doing so would not constitute a burden of expenditure for Siena Jazz. The successful passing of the above-mentioned subject matters by means of examination or verification shall attribute credits in any case not to exceed 30% of those foreseen by the degree programme in which the student is enrolled.
  2. Students shall present their respective study plans within the terms established by the Director in consultation with the Academic Board.
  3. A student may however propose modifications to his or her study plan at the beginning of each academic year, approval to be consistent with the functional exigencies of the single courses.

Art. 29 – Behind-schedule course participation and repetition

1. The repetition of attendance of a discipline may be conceded only one time during a degree programme, depending on the modalities defined by specific regulations.  Said regulation shall also be applied in the case of failure to meet attendance requirements.

2. Any student who, though having completed the years of enrolment, has not earned Academic Training Credits sufficient to be admitted to the final test may benefit from further academic years, within the limits established below in clauses 3 and 4, in order to complete the degree programme with the classification of “behind-schedule student”.

3. Any student who does not conclude the degree programme within twice the duration of the programme, as foreseen in Art. 14 of the present regulation, shall be declared to be in default.

4. Also declared to be in default shall be the student who, at the end of the third year of the first level, or at the end of the second year of the second level, has not earned the credits relative to the first year of the degree programme.

Art. 30 – Academic training credits

1. Siena Jazz adheres to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulations System (ECTS).

The Academic Training Credit (ATC) represents the measure of the volume of work in learning, including individual study, required of a student with adequate initial preparation for the acquisition of knowledge and skills in the training activities laid out by the educational requirements of the degree programmes.

  1. Each credit corresponds to twenty-five hours of work on the student’s part, including hours of class attendance, workshops, seminars and apprenticeships, exercises and other educational activities, study time and in any case the personal commitment necessary to complete the training in order to successfully pass the exam or other forms of progress testing, as well as the participation in other artistic or educational activities.
  2. The average annual activity of a student engaged full-time shall be conventionally set as sixty credits.

Art. 31 – Attainment and recognition of credits

1. The credits corresponding to each training activity shall be acquired by the student through:

a) successfully passing exams and other forms of progress testing at the end of the various formative activities foreseen in the educational requirements, without prejudice, where foreseen, to the quanitification of progress;

b) participation in activities of production and research within Siena Jazz;

c) carrying out, also outside of Siena Jazz, formative or artistic activities, research activities and professional internship activities chosen by the student;

d) successfully passing the final test.

  1. Students who have already completed the training activities foreseen by the educational requirements of the chosen degree programme may obtain the recognition of corresponding credits upon presentation of specific documentation.

3. In the case of transfer from another degree programme within Siena Jazz or from another institution of equal level, the relevant educational structures shall grant total or partial recognition of credits earned by the student on the basis of the following criteria:

a) recognition of credits earned in the original degree programme, up to the fulfilment of the total of the number of credits of the same disciplinary area as foreseen by the educational requirements of the new degree programme, for each type of training activity;

b) recognition, on the basis of the educational affinity and content, of training activities that do not correspond to the teachings activited by Siena Jazz and for which there is no common reference in the artistic-disciplinary area;

c) Siena Jazz may recognize as credits the knowledge and professional skills traceable to specific disciplines.

  1. Upon the act of enrolment, the student may request the recognition of professional and educational activities previously undertaken outside of Siena Jazz, if confirmed by suitable documentation.

5. In light of the recognition of a sufficient measure of credits corresponding to educational or work activities previously undertaken, the Director, in consultation with the Academic Board, shall have the right to concede the shortening of the normal duration of the degree programme, contemplating the possibility of enrolment in years subsequent to the first.

Art. 32 – Community language

1. The language normally adopted in teaching shall be Italian.

2. Siena Jazz shall organize, possibly through agreements, purpose-designed courses for learning English as the obligatory foreign language of the European Union.  This shall take into account the initial degree of preparation of the students.

  1. Upon the successful completion of the course a certificate shall be issued including the evaluation in correspondence with the level attained.
  2. Credits related to the knowledge of a community language may be recognized by the relevant educational structures, also on the basis of certification issued by structures external to Siena Jazz.

Art. 33 – Artistic activities and other activities subject to the evaluation of credits

1. Participation in activities of production and research in the field of music undertaken by Siena Jazz shall contribute to the earning of credits.

2. Siena Jazz shall plan and organize, also in agreement with public or private structures, internships and apprenticeships in artistic, scientific, technical and professional settings along with the curricula of the degree programmes and shall promote artistic activities recognizable in terms of credits.

Art. 34 – Courses attended at partner institutes of an equal level

Siena Jazz may enter into purpose-designed agreements with other Institutes of an equal level in order to allow its own students to avail themselves of the teachings taking place there.

Art. 35 – Transfers

1. Students may ask to transfer to another institute by means of a request addressed to the Director no later than 31 July of each academic year.

2. The request for transfer to Siena Jazz from another institute, submitted together with the study plan and certification of exams taken at the original institute, must be presented no later than 31 July of each academic year.

3. Siena Jazz, in the case of a transfer from another institute, shall have the right to make acceptance of the student dependent on the following conditions:

- the existence of available positions;

- the verification of the student’s regular attendance in all the disciplines within the study plan agreed upon with the institute in which he or she was previously enrolled, demonstrating the attainment of the minimum number of presences required by the internal regulations of the original conservatory;

-the recognition, on the basis of educational affinity and content, of formative activities which do not correspond to the teachings activated within Siena Jazz and for which there is no common reference of the artistic-disciplinary area;

- the participation in the admissions exam for the evaluaton of the student’s level of suitability in relation to the levels of students present in admission.  Although a candidate for transfer may be recognized as suitable, the possibility of taking part in the specific instructional class shall be determined by his or her position in the admissions ranking.

It is indispensable that such a position be sufficiently high so as to fall within the positions available decided upon by Siena Jazz for the academic year in question.

5. Requests for transfer shall not be accepted from students who must undertake only the final test in order to attain their degree or who only took part in the admissions exam.

Art. 36 – Course transfers and continuation of studies

1. The student of a first- or second-level academic degree programme may request in any year of the programme, by means of a request submitted to the Director, the transfer to a different degree programme at a corresponding level underway within Siena Jazz, with the total or partial recognition of credits already earned toward the purpose of attaining the relative degree.

2. The educational structure responsible for the degree programme to which the student intends to transfer shall deliberate, within thirty days of its receipt of the request, regarding the recognition of the credits obtained as valid for the new curriculum and shall indicate the year of the course to which the student is admitted.  Credits obtained but not recognized as valid for the purpose of the attainment of the degree shall remain in any case recorded in the academic transcript of the student.

3. The transfer to other degree programmes shall depend on the successful passing of the relative admission tests.

4. The terms for presenting transfer requests to a different degree programme shall be determined annually by the Director.

Art. 37 – Study periods undertaken at another institute in Italy or abroad

1. Siena Jazz shall favour the exchange of students with Italian institutes or foreign institutes at a corresponding level on the basis of international programmes of mobility or of purpose-designed agreements.

2. The student admitted to spend a study period abroad shall be obliged to indicate the training activities that he or she intends to undertake at the partner institute.  Such a proposal must be approved by the relevant educational structure on the basis of documentation certifying the characteristics of the planned activities (educational credits, number of lesson hours and of excercise, training content, etc.).

3. Study periods spent at partner institutes shall be recognized to the student’s favour on the basis of:

a) credits earned through progress examinations administered by the partner institute;

b) attendance of the partner institute considered valid toward internal progress evaluation, also providing for supplementation when necessary;

c) a period of preparation for the final test required to attain the degree;

d) internship and other training activities.

4. The conversion of grades, according to the Italian system, shall be carried out on the basis of equivalences approved by the Academic Board.

5. At the end of a period spent abroad, on the basis of the certification demonstrated, the pertinent educational structure shall deliberate on the recognition of formative activites undertaken abroad.

6. Upon enrolment in Siena Jazz, the student may request the recognition of formative activies undertaken abroad.

7. The relevant educational structures shall determine the further continuance of the career, evaluating the possible validation of exams taken, the total or partial recognition of credits previously earned, and indicating, if necessary, the educational debt to be resolved.

Art. 38 – Recognition of degrees earned abroad

1. On the basis of the instructions in force and in respect of European Union directives and of international agreements, degrees earned abroad may be recognized for the purpose of the continuation of studies.

2. Recognition shall be decided upon by the Director, in consultation with the relevant educational structure.

Art. 39 – International Cooperation

1. Siena Jazz shall take part in initiatives of international cooperation, such as those of exchange with affined institutions as foreseen by the Long Learning Program of the European Union.

2. Students, teachers and administrative staff shall have the right to take part in such initiatives, in keeping with the modalities indictated in the single announcements made public by Siena Jazz.

Art. 40 – National and international relations and the issuing of joint degrees

1. Siena Jazz may issue degrees jointly with other Italian or foreign institutes on a corresponding level on the basis of purpose-designed agreements approved by the relevant academic bodies and inspired by criteria of reciprocity.

2. The agreements shall govern:

a) the methods of conducting educational activities;

b) the criteria for progress-testing and the recognition of credits earned;

c) in the case of agreements with foreign countries, the language to be used in the written paper as part of the final test, should the case arise;

d) the composition of the commission for admission to degree programmes and the granting of a degree;

e) the methods of evaluating progress.

3. The agreement may provide for the issuing of a single joint degree indicating the institutes participating in the agreement.

Art. 41 – Enrolment in single courses

1. Citizens of European Union member states holding an upper middle school diploma, or non-European Union citizens holding a diploma regognized as equivalent, who have not enrolled in any degree programme in Institutes of higher musical education, may request to enroll in single disciplines taught at the Institute, provided that they are authorized to take part in the relative exams and to have regular certification of credits earned.

2. The methods and terms for submitting requests shall be established by the Director, on the basis of possible recommendations from the Academic Board and, in any case, in consultation with the teachers involved.

3. The taxes for enrolment and the attendance fees for one or more courses described in the present article shall be deliberated by the Board of Administration.

Art. 42 – Multimedial and remote education

Siena Jazz may promote, in the case of specific disciplines, suitable forms of multimdedial and remote education, also in collaboration with public and private bodies and organizations.

Art. 43 – Modifications to the present regulations

1. Potential modifications, in respect of the statutory norms, shall be submitted to the relevant Ministry for approval.

2. Except for urgent cases, modifications shall take effect as of the subsequent academic year.

3. The institution of new degree programmes, in respect of the foreseen procedures, shall be regulated by supplementary modification of the Regulations, subject to deliberation by the Administrative Board taking into account the congruity of human and financial resources and of instruments available for the functionality of the same programmes.

Art. 44 – Validity

The present regulations shall be effective as of the first day of the academic year subsequent to Ministerial approval, subject to publication in the register of the institute.

CHAPTER II – OTHER TRAINING ACTIVITIES

Art. 45 – Preparatory training activities

1. Siena Jazz may organize musical training courses in preparation for entry to its own first-level academic courses, aimed specifically at the acquisition of the skills and abilities required upon entry by the regulations of each degree programme.  The structure of such preparatory activities shall be established by the regulations of the basic courses.

2. At the end of the the preparatory courses, Siena Jazz may issue specific certification.

Art. 46 – Basic musical training courses

1. Siena Jazz shall have the right to activate basic musical training courses in compliance with norms in force.

2. Basic musical training courses shall be divided into levels that cover pre-academic training in diverse disciplinary settings.  For each level the organization of the disciplines, the learning goals and the corresponding methods of testing, including intermediate, shall be defined.

3. The methods of conducting the basic training courses shall be defined in a purpose-designed regulation to be approved by the Director, in consultation with the Academic Board.

4. At the end of each level, subsequent to the successful passing of evaluative tests, Siena Jazz shall issue a certificate recording the skills and the abilities acquired as well as the evaluation awarded.

5. The certificate referred to in Clause 4 may also be issued to external persons subject to the successful passing of relevant tests.  The methods of actualization shall be defined by regulation, to be approved by the Director and by the Board of Administration which shall also establish the potential fee.

6. Basic courses, structured in such a way as to allow for attendance by students enrolled in secondary school of grades I and II, may also be instituted in a form agreed upon with the institutes of secondary education or with other bodies, associations and institutions.

7. For schools that have entered agreements with Siena Jazz, the evaluation referred to in Clause 4 may also take place with Commissions of the schools supplemented by the presence of one or more commission members to be designated by Siena Jazz.  The conditions shall be determined by the purpose-designed agreements approved by the Board and Administration and by the Director according to their respective jurisdictions.

SECOND PART

FIRST TITLE – EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Art.1 Activation of departments and schools

Siena Jazz shall activate the Department of New Technologies and Musical Jazz Languages with the school.

Art. 2 – List of Three-year First-level academic degree programmes

1. Present in Attachment 1 are the Educational Regulations of the Three-Year First-Level Academic degree programmes to be activated at Siena Jazz subsequent to authorization by the Ministry to issue Degrees with legal value.

The list of Three-Year First-Level Academic degree programmes activated and authorized at Siena Jazz is the following:

CDPL01 ELECTRIC BASS

CDPL02 JAZZ GUITAR

CDPL03 JAZZ DOUBLE BASS

CDPL05 JAZZ CLARINET

CDPL06 JAZZ SAXOPHONE

CDPL07 JAZZ TRUMPET

CDPL08 JAZZ TROMBONE

CDPL09 JAZZ PIANO

CDPL11 JAZZ DRUMS AND PERCUSSION

CDPL12 JAZZ SINGING

Hence the above-named degree programmes, attivated and defined in the attached tables, shall constitute an integral part of the present Regulations, with indication of the schools and of the reference departments.  New potential degrees shall be activated subject to Ministerial approval and inclusion within the present Regulation.

Art. 3 – List of Two-year Second-level academic degree programmes

1. Present in Attachment 2 are the Educational Regulations of the Two-Year Second-level Academic degree programmes to be activated at Siena Jazz subsequent to authorization by the Ministry to issue Degrees with legal value.

The list of Two-Year Second-Level Academic degree programmes for which Siena Jazz is currently engaged in seeking authorization from the Ministry is the following:

Improvisation techniques for instrumentalists in:

CDSL01 ELECTRIC BASS

CDSL02 JAZZ GUITAR

CDSL03 JAZZ DOUBLE BASS

CDSL05 JAZZ CLARINET

CDSL06 JAZZ SAXOPHONE

CDSL07 JAZZ TRUMPET

CDSL08 JAZZ TROMBONE

CDSL09 JAZZ PIANO

CDSL11 JAZZ DRUMS AND PERCUSSION

CDSL12 JAZZ SINGING