Courses of study

Danse, music, sound engineering and pedagogy are the four principal areas of study at the Conservatoire.

Dance

Be it in classical or contemporary dance performance or notation, students find a broad-based training course which allows them to become fully autonomous artists and choreographic partners. Constantly adapting to changes in the profession, the training allows our students to integrate major national and international companies.

Music

A six-department division offers a rich variety of principal study courses, be they vocal, instrumental, or theoretical. Individual and collective complementary optional and obligatory courses complete this tuition, integrating performance, creation, and research. The Conservatoire intends thus to provide the broadest range of musical cultures and practices so as to provide graduates with the wherewithal to invent strong and meaningful artistic pathways.

 

Departments 

 

  • Classical and Contemporary Instrumental Disciplines
  • Early Music
  • Jazz and Improvised Music
  • Vocal Disciplines
  • Composition, Compositional Aesthetics and Conducting
  • Musicology and Analysis

Sound Engineering

Two principal study areas exist : sound engineering and acoustics.

Sound engineering 

Sound engineering is geared to well-rounded musicians with a sound scientific background. The course includes harmony, artistic direction, recording, acoustics, musical computing, and digital audio, and intends to form specialists with a capacity to respond in the best possible manner to questions raised by recording or broadcast. Students benefit from the Conservatoire environment with its many outstanding young performers. The course is unique in France, and is part of a select international network.

Musical acoustics 

Musical acoustics provides solid technical and scientific know-how to musicians who may not be well-grounded in the field. At the conclusion of their study, students engage in research that takes advantage of their high musical level.

Pedagogy

An initiation to pedagogy is offered to all second cycle student musicians. As professionals, virtually all of these musicians will be involved in teaching in some form or another. This accounts for the option, as of 2012-2013, for students to acquire the “State Diploma” for teaching in music conservatoires (Diplôme d’état - DE).

In addition, the department is geared to students who, having achieved a high level as performers, wish to develop a teaching specialism or simply to deepen their pedagogical knowledge. At the conclusion of a two to five year modular course, graduates are awarded both the 2nd cycle (Master’s level) Diploma in Pedagogy as well as the French Certificate of Aptitude for teaching in the French Conservatoire system (Certificat d’aptitude – CA), where their training allows them also to take on significant pedagogical and administrative responsibilities. A broad range of performance practice is represented : strings, winds, piano, organ, harpsichord, harp, guitar, percussion, voice, and jazz. There is no age limit for entry. 

Finally, the Department also trains future conservatoire directors. This course attracts musicians, dancers and artists from the theatre world who are often already employed in conservatoires.. After a two year theoretical and practical course, they are awarded the Certificate of Aptitude (CA) for Conservatoire Directors.

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