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Admission procedure

Admission to Music Departments

Admission to the Lyon CNSMD is by audition for all courses. The audition sessions are not open to the public (except for doctorate entry). Candidates must get through a preliminary round before taking the entry audition as such. Auditions are specific to each department and level.

SUBJECTS AVAILABLE

Instrumental studies

violin, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, French bassoon, German bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, saxhorn/euphonium, piano, organ, percussion, harp

Piano accompaniment

Early music

basso continuo, harpsichord, lute, viola da gamba, baroque violin, baroque cello, cornetto, baroque trumpet, sackbut, recorder, early harp, baroque oboe, baroque bassoon, baroque flute, early music singing

Singing

Composition

Musical culture

Chamber music

AGE limits

Diplôme National Supérieur Professionnel de Musicien (undergraduate) and master’s degrees

  • minimum 16 (the candidate must be aged 16 or over on 1st October in the year they take the audition),
  • maximum 30 (the candidate must be under 30 on 1st October in the year they take audition).

Doctorate programme and music teacher-training course (Formation Diplômante au Certificat d’Aptitude)
No age limits. Requests for age limits to be waived should be addressed to the Director of Music Studies, and supported by a detailed curriculum vitae.

CONDITIONS

Undergraduate courses (DNSPM)
Candidates who already hold a DNSPM, a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the specialisation concerned will not be permitted to apply to study in the same area at undergraduate level (DNSPM) at the Lyon CNSMD.

Master’s courses
Candidates can only be admitted to master’s courses if they already hold a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in the specialisation concerned. Equivalent qualifications in France include the DNSPM, the DNESM (‘Diplôme National d’Etudes Supérieures Musicales’), the DFS (‘Diplôme de Formation Supérieure’) and certificates corresponding to the highest level of attainment at a university-level music school in the relevant area.

Doctorate-level programmes
Admission to doctorate programmes is by audition. Candidates must satisfy the requirements for university registration this level and hold one of the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in France or abroad;
  • Other master’s level qualification obtained in France or abroad;
  • DFS from the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) or DNESM from the LYON CNSMD plus relevant and officially validated professional experience.

APPLICATION RESTRICTIONS

For undergraduate and master’s courses, candidates cannot normally apply more than three times for the same specialisation (even if the applications are not made in consecutive years). Any subsequent applications must be made within five years of the candidate’s first attempt. Candidates who have passed the preliminary round at least once are nevertheless permitted to make a fourth application.

WITHDRAWAL FROM AUDITION SESSIONS

Candidates who withdraw from audition sessions without notifying the CNSMD by registered post with recorded delivery in the two-week period preceding the audition session will not be allowed to apply the following year except in cases of force majeure.
Even correctly cancelled applications count towards the number of attempts permitted.

CERTIFICATE OF FRENCH LANGUAGE COMPETENCE

Undergraduate admission (DNSPM)

Candidates admitted at undergraduate level (DNSPM) who are not citizens of French-speaking countries must prove their competence in French on arrival at the conservatory at the beginning of term by means of an official certificate indicating a level of at least A2 on the Common European Framework reference scale defined by the Council of Europe.
Students who are unable to submit a document of this type and have limited competence in French will be allowed time to take an intensive course in French outside the CNSMD and at their own cost during their first year of studies. If their level of French is still unsatisfactory at the end of their first year, they may not be permitted to continue their studies at the CNSMD, whatever their specialisation.

Master’s admission

Candidates for master’s courses who are not citizens of French-speaking countries must submit a certificate of French language competence with their application. The certificate, which must have been issued by an institution officially recognised by the French government, should indicate a level of at least B1 on the Common European Framework reference scale defined by the Council of Europe.

Doctorate-level admission

Doctorate-level candidates who are not citizens of French-speaking countries must submit a certificate of French language competence with their application. The certificate, which must have been issued by an institution officially recognised by the French government, should indicate a level of at least C1 on the Common European Framework reference scale defined by the Council of Europe.

APPLYING FOR AN AUDITION

Pre-registration for both French and international candidates must be done online at the following link………
After pre-registration, each candidate is sent an application form which must be completed and returned to the LYON CNSMD.

The deadlines for the receipt of applications and the dates of audition sessions are published annually.

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