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.
Admission to the Lyon CNSMD is always done through an entrance exam audition. Only the Doctorate entrance exam is open to the public.
Auditions for undergraduate degrees are carried out in two rounds (expect for early music disciplines who only have one) called Admissibilité and Admission.
For musical creation and musical culture disciplines the first round is an examination of the application files and the second is an audition
Auditions for Masters degrees only have one round called Admission.
Auditions for Doctorates and Artist Diploma are carried out in two rounds, the first round being an examination of the application files and the second being an audition.
All the auditions take place at the CNSMD in Lyon.
The entrance exam dates and pre-registration periods can be find HERE.
Pre-registration for both French and international candidates must be done online. After pre-registration, each candidate is sent an application form which must be completed and returned to the LYON CNSMD by post.
Undergraduate (Diplôme National Supérieur Professionnel de Musicien) and Master’s degrees :
If the candidate is under or over the age limits and would still like to apply they can ask for a dispensation. Dispensation request must be sent by email at preinscription.concours, along with a detailed curriculum vitae.
The request will be examined by the Director of studies who will take the decision to grant the dispensation or not.
Undergraduate courses (DNSPM)
No diploma is required to apply to an undergraduate course.
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.
Candidates can only be admitted to a 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.
Admission to doctorate programmes is by audition. Candidates must satisfy the requirements for university registration for this level and hold one of the following qualifications:
For undergraduate and master’s courses, candidates cannot apply more than three times for the same specialisation (even if the applications are not made in consecutive years). Candidates who have passed the 1st round of the entrance exam at least once are permitted to make a fourth application.
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.
Applications withdrawn in due time are still counted as one of the three maximum applications.
Upon admittance, candidates who are not citizens of French-speaking countries must prove their competence in French in accordance with the Common European Framework Reference scale defined by the Council of Europe (CEFR). The levels required are as follow :
Students who do not fulfill these obligations are placed on leave to obtain at own expense the required language certificate; they retain the benefit of their admission for one year and may resume their studies subject to meeting these obligations upon their return from leave.
All language certificates must have been issued by an institution officially recognised by the French government.
During the 1st semester of the year the CNSMD will provide free French classes for those in need.
Doctorate candidats must submit a C1 French language certificate when applying for the entrance exam.
You can find the auditions programs from previous years in French HERE.
The registration fee is set each year by a Ministry of Culture’s decree (Légifrance article 11&12).
If a candidate chose to register for more than one entrance exam the fee must be paid for each exam – except for candidates wishing to register for both singing and early singing music singing who only need to pay once.
Candidates from foreign countries can check the France-visas website for more information about visas.
Candidates who are admitted as students are need to validate their VLS-TS (Visa Long Séjour valant Titre de Séjour) within 3 months of their arrival in France on the dedicated website.