The course for Classical Ballet Instructors – Diploma Course
10 January 2019

he Course on the Theory and Practice of Piano Accompaniment for Dance, develops, broadens and perfects the skills and professional competencies of the piano accompanist, addressing the needs of all those intending to undertake a career as a piano accompanist for dance and ballet.


High level specialization

The piano accompanist for dance is a highly specialized professional who works at professional and/or amateur dance and ballet schools, dance companies or ballet corps. Piano accompanists work closely with the dance master, providing the most appropriate musical accompaniment for lessons and rehearsals and supporting activities on stage.


Working alongside the dance master, the accompanist’s creativity is stimulated and his/her abilities are put to the test, particularly when asked to improvise the most suitable music for each exercise.

Pratical activity

The curriculum entails lessons in the classroom and an intense traineeship to gain in-depth experience and autonomy in all practical aspects of the profession. The Office of the Director of the Accademia reserves the exclusive and incontestable right to allow a candidate to follow the work of the Ballet School pianists for a period of three months.


Upon completion of the course, the Accademia issues a Certificate of Ability to Provide Musical Accompaniment for Dance to those who have earned marks of 18/30 or higher and attended at least 75% of the lessons. Those who score less than 18/30 will receive a Certificate of Attendance from the Accademia. The top students, chosen by uncontestable judgment of the Teachers’ Assembly and the Office of the Director of the Accademia, will be awarded a Certificate of Merit.

Details 2017/2018

Marcelo Spaccarotella, Massimo Ciarella.
From November 5, 2018 to December 2019 (=400 hours divided among lessons in theory and practice, assistance to dance lessons, personal study of repertoire and variations, and project work)
One day per week, Monday, from 9 AM to 6 PM for a total of 36 lessons per year.
Prerequisites for admission
Students must be 18 to 40 years old on the first day of the course and hold a Level I diploma in piano from a public conservatory or accredited institute of music (or the equivalent degree/diploma earned outside of Italy).
Preferential Factors for Admission
Professional experience as piano accompanist at institutes of training, theatres, dance companies, or ballet corps in Italy or abroad. Documented knowledge and experience in musical accompaniment at public or private schools offering courses in dance. Certificate of Attendance from the two-year Accademia program for rehearsal pianists.
Selection process
Students are admitted to the course after passing a two-part entrance examination consisting of a workshop exercise to assess manual skills and an interview to assess the candidate’s motivation. The entrance examination will take place on January 13, 2018 at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala Ballet School, Via Campo Lodigiano 2/4. For all details regarding the selection process, please download and read the Course Announcement.
Accademia Teatro alla Scala Ballet School | Accademia Teatro alla Scala | Teatro alla Scala.
An admissions fee of €85 (eighty euros) must be paid by direct debit or credit card. There is also a participation fee to be paid in installments, the first one by direct debit and all subsequent installments exclusively via SDD (SEPA Direct Debit). For all further details, please download and read the Course Announcement.
Enrolment Process
Applications for academic year 2017-2018 must be submitted no later than January 8, 2018.

How to register

You may pay the admission fee and fill out the application by clicking on the “Enroll” (“Iscriviti”) button. Before beginning, make sure you have the following documents available in digital format:

  • curriculum vitae
  • photo (passport format)
  • registration fee payment receipt
  • diploma certificate (or self-certification)

Each file must be less than 1Mb. The following formats are admissible: doc, docx, pdf, jpeg, jpg, png.