Escuela de Música Contemporánea (EMC)

Escuela de Música Contemporánea (EMC) is located in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was founded in 1997, being all former staff members Berklee graduates, and was the first school to sign a BIN agreement in Latin America.

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 a way that will make a significant contribution to the society and the musical scene of the region.

The Professional Music Program can be completed in three years, after which students can choose between majors in Composition & Arranging, Performance and Music Production, all of which take two additional years of study.

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 several rooms for theory/practical instruction, and fully equipped spaces for performance classes, ensambles and instrumental workshops.

In the cafeteria area there is a stage with sound and light system for student and visiting artists recitals and clinics. We have a large recording studio and control room that holds technology classes and recording-mixing sessions.

Our teachers are among the finest performers on the local scene, several are Berklee Alumni and some others 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 around 400 students from, among other countries, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Guatemala and El Salvador.

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EMC is one of the founding members of the ALAEMUS Association (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 and the exchange of educational material and publications.

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EMC is member of the BIN (Berklee International Network) among twenty music schools around the world. Our school has presented the Berklee Scholarship Tour many times and has been hosting the Berklee Auditions and interviews since 2011.



Regularly EMC presents clinics and workshops featuring local and international renowned artists.


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Escuela de Música Contemporánea (EMC)

Bartolomé Mitre 1352 - 1°
Buenos Aires – Argentina – C1036AAZ
Phone/Fax: (54-11) 5081-0440/0111


Marcelo Braga (President & General Director)

Daniel Johansen (Academic Director)

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