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Music studies

European Master CoPeCo

Itinerant joint master's degree in music performing and composition, involving 4 higher education institutions in Europe.

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This masters programme is proposed by :

In the days of Erasmus and Thomas More the humanists would move round Europe in order to further their learning. By joining forces the four European partner conservatories have taken the initiative to set up a creative new itinerant master’s programme. Their ambition is to help create networks of young artists in Europe who will foster musical creation through interaction and trans-disciplinarity.

When to apply for CoPeCo 2018/2020 in Lyon?

Application for tuition starting in the Fall 2018 open on December 1, 2017. 

  • Dec 1, 2017 – Jan 31, 2018: 1st phase recruitment via portfolio (for all applicants)
  • 08 – 21 Jan 2018: Administrative registration online (only for applicants wishing to enroll at Lyon CNSMD)
  • Feb 28, 2018: Results of 1st round applications (the email of acceptance will include the invitation for the 2nd round live)
  • March-April 2018: Rounds of live auditions in the 4 institutions for ranking list (sound and video recorded)
  • 27 & 28 March 2018: 2nd round auditions live at Lyon CNSMD (live only) for applicants wishing to enroll at Lyon CNSMD
  • Last week of April 2018: Gathering of results from all partner institutions
  • April 27, 2018: Final results available after international commission (3rd round)

How to apply to CoPeCo 2016/2018 through Lyon CNSMD

1) Application and first examination round

The applicants send in their applications and supporting documents on the application common platform of CoPeCo in accordance with the local regulations of the institution they have chosen to apply to. Applicants can only apply to one institution. Please go to the “Apply now” online platform, also accessible from the CoPeCo website.

The applicant must state in which category he/she applies:

  • composer
  • performer
  • composer/performer

Should you decide to apply through the Lyon CNSMDL, here is the application procedure to follow:

NB: All the uploaded documents have to be written or completed in ENGLISH. The program will be delivered in English; it is why a proof of a minimum level of English language (B1) is required.

A) An administrative registration online is required by the Lyon CNSMD


WARNING: the period to complete the administrative application is restricted to 08 – 21 January 2018 midnight (GMT+1)

After having registered online, applicants will receive an e-mail with details about the payment of the entrance exam fee (€87) together with 2 documents to be checked and signed, a form for personal commitment, a template for presenting the artistic research project.

B) The following documents have to be uploaded on the CoPeCo common platform


The platform is open from December 1st, 2017 to January 31, 2018 midnight (GMT+1)

B.1) administrative documents to submit after administrative application on the Lyon CNSMD platform

To be compiled in one single pdf file named NAME_Surname_ADMCNSMDL.pdf

  • Administrative sheet (sent with the e-mail following your administrative application)
  • Control sheet (sent with the e-mail following your administrative application)
  • Identity proof
  • Proof of payment of the entrance exam fee (€87)
  • Degree Certificate: Degree of Bachelor in Music (180 credits) or equivalent
  • Proof of English language skills B1 (IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent)

B.2) supporting documents for application

To be compiled in one single pdf file named NAME_Surname_APPCNSMDL.pdf

  • Motivation letter outlining the aims and goals of the applicant with regard to the programme
  • CV detailing artistic and professional experience together with an ID picture
  • Masters degree project proposal describing the Masters Degree Project the applicant wishes to undertake during the course. The Masters Degree Project proposal is one of the most important components of the application portfolio and should relate to at least some of the key features of the study programme – collaboration, cross-disciplinary interaction, new technologies, improvisation (template sent with the e-mail following your administrative application)
  • Signed commitment letter confirming the authorship of the recordings/compositions (form sent with the e-mail following your administrative application)

B.3) Portfolio requirements

Accepted file formats: PDF, mp3, mp4, AVI for all material uploaded.

Files names: CNSMDL_NAME_title of the piece_score.pdf or CNSMDL_NAME_title of the piece_recording.mp3…

  • Composers: portfolio of compositions with scores or recordings (where scores are not applicable) of at least 3 contrasting original compositions with an overall duration of at least 15 minutes.
  • Performers: portfolio of recordings containing at least 2 contrasting excerpts with an overall duration of at least 15 minutes accompanied by the titles and authors of works in the order they appear on the recording.
  • Performer/composers: portfolio containing the scores of at least 1 original composition, a recording of at least 1 performance and 1 work of your choice with a combined duration of at least 15 minutes

In any case, please do not forget to include the complete list of uploaded works and recordings in the commitment letter.

All documents, including portfolio and Master’s Degree Project proposal, are evaluated by the jury of the institution you apply to. Applicants whose documents meet the requirements and reflect his/her necessary academic and artistic level are allowed to take the second examination round.

2) Second examination round: Live audition

This audition is made to assure that the applicant meets the artistic level and to make a ranking list of the applicants. The auditions take place separately in four different institutions with a local jury. The local jury [marks the candidates on a 10 point scale/ranks the candidates].

The auditions are recorded and the result from the local juries and the recordings are finally evaluated by a joint international jury that consists of one member from each institution. The international jury establishes the final ranking list for each category.

The audition consists in:

  • Maximum 20 min presentation of your artistic expression: instrumental or vocal performance of a contemporary music programme of your choice (including your own pieces) and/or presentation of scores/CD/DVD etc. sent in advance with the application (you can choose to perform your pieces live)
  • Improvisation test (open: individual/group, at the decision of the jury)
  • Interview with the jury where the candidate for example can be asked to present his/her Masters Degree Project

The following criteria will be assessed:

  • Artistic skills
  • Technical skills
  • Scene presence
  • Interpersonal and interaction skills

Other information

  • No accompaniment will be provided by the programme
  • The audition will be recorded for the use of the international jury
  • Final results of the selection will be given only after the admission process is finished and the local ranking lists are compared

Academic calendar for the selected students for the CoPeCo program

  • Sept. 3, 2018 – Jan. 20, 2019: 1st semester of the programme in Tallinn
  • Jan. 21 – July 6, 2019: 2nd semester of the programme in Stockholm
  • Sept. 9, 2019 – Feb. 28, 2020:  3rd semester of the programme in Lyon
  • Spring 2020: selection of the students for the 4th group of CoPeCo students
  • Apr. 1st – July 15, 2020: 4th semester of the programme in Hamburg
  • July 2020: degrees awarded by each institution to the 3rd CoPeCo group of students (depending on where the student is registered)

The originality of the CoPeCo master’s degree 

The CoPeCo master’s degree combines a well nigh individual response to a student’s artistic research project with trans-disciplinary teaching.


The selection stage is the time when the cohort of master’s students is created. Each group will consist of young artists destined to follow the same course, who are from diverse musical origins and horizons but whose artistic profiles are compatible (composers, performers or a combination of the two). They will all have experience of contemporary musical composition and will need the ability to use electronic music equipment and the new media to express themselves, whatever their own chosen specialisation.

The priority given to cooperation

Each cohort of students will move on together from one semester to the next and will thus be induced to work together. This, in turn, will improve their ability to collaborate with a view to creating.

Forming a network  for career development

The itinerant structure of the master’s gives students the means to form a high-level network both within the group and outside it as the course proceeds and the students meet people through their work, notably due to each conservatoire’s network of contacts with the professional environment of  musical creation and diffusion. Students on the CoPeCo master’s course are taught to develop their knowledge, skills and the ability to communicate effectively with the people they will need to frequent in their future professional lives.

Financing and sponsorship partners

The 4 institution consortium is currently seeking new European programmes and private funding to support the mobility of CoPeCo students and to build up a stock of teaching material and instruments that will be made available to the itinerant group.

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Further information

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CoPeCo website