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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.

ENTRANCE EXAM AUDITIONS

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.

AUDITIONS CALENDAR

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.

AGE LIMITS

Undergraduate (Diplôme National Supérieur Professionnel de Musicien) and Master’s degrees :

  • the candidate must be at minimum 16 years old on the 1st of October of the year during which they audition
  • the candidate must be at maximum 29 years old on the 1st of October of the year during which they audition

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.

Doctorate programme, Artist Diploma and music teacher-training course (Formation Diplômante au Certificat d’Aptitude) do not have any age-related restriction.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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.

Master’s courses
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.

Doctorate-level programmes
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:

  • 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.

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS

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.

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.
Applications withdrawn in due time are still counted as one of the three maximum applications.

CERTIFICATE OF FRENCH LANGUAGE COMPETENCE

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 :

Undergraduates

  • A2 at the beginning of the 1st semester
  • B1 at the beginning of the 2nd semester

Post-graduates

  • B1 at the beginning of the 1st semester
  • B2 at the beginning of the 2nd semester

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

Doctorate candidats must submit a C1 French language certificate when applying for the entrance exam.

PAST AUDITIONS PROGRAMS

You can find the auditions programs from previous years in French HERE.

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