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Department of Musical Culture

The Department of Musical Culture, the newest of the departments at the Lyon CNSMD, offers students a complete course at undergraduate, master’s and doctorate levels. The teaching at undergraduate and master’s levels is based on eight different subjects : applied analysis, analysis of 20th and 21st century music, ars musica, art and civilisation, science of new techniques, ethnomusicology and history of music.

In addition, undergraduate students have to do a lot of personal work, which makes them aware of the many facets of work in the field of musical culture. The attention at master’s and doctorate levels is focused on research.

The teaching is supplemented by seminars and master-classes given by well-known figures from the world of music.

The department of musical culture is heavily involved in the organisation of the “Danse – Musique – Image” colloquium to be held in April 2013.
Ars musica is an early music department subject organised in conjunction with the department of musical culture.


Head of Department: Emmanuel Ducreux

Applied analysis

Philippe Gouttenoire, Gabriel Maghieri

Analysis of 20th and 21st century music

Emmanuel Ducreux

Science of new techniques

Jean-Jacques Bénaily


Isabelle Lecouf-Maillié, Franck Vaudray

Art and civilisation

Jean-Philippe Guye

Art and civilisation / History of the Music (Master)

Frank Langlois

History of Western Music (1rst cycle)

Charlotte Ginot-Slacik


Fabrice Contri


Additional details

One-year professional residency in string quartet

Get a one-year professional residency in string quartet, classical, contemporary, pop, jazz & world music !

The National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Lyon offers a professional training residency in string quartet allowing to deepen its practice and to perform for a year, in collaboration with the Opéra de Lyon and cellist Vincent Ségal for the 2021-2022 season.



Training Course | strengthen, open and enrich your repertoire
  • Chamber music lessons supervised by the team of teachers from the CNSMD Lyon
  • Artistic accompaniment in current music by cellist Vincent Ségal (world repertoires, polyrhythms, improvisation, arrangement)
  • Cultural mediation, participation in Master Classes
  • Additional courses may be chosen among the CNSMD Lyon offer (subject to availability)
Stage | give your future a boost

The selected quartet will be associated with several concerts produced by the CNSMD de Lyon and the Opéra de Lyon, as a quartet or with Opera Underground guest artists of the season.
Along with various professional partnerships (Belle Saison, Pro Quartet, etc.)

Application | timetable and conditions

• October 14th, 2021

Deadline for submitting applications : send your quartet CV and the copy of the highest diploma of each member of the Quartet on

• October 22nd, 2021

Hearing in Lyon after selection on file
15 minutes free program
it may include a contemporary piece

• November,  2021

Start of residency in Lyon, France


Admission fees (for information purposes only)

general fee to be paid by the Quatuor : 178 €
individual schooling fees to be paid by each Quatuor’s member : 529 € + 91 €

Certain concerts may be subject to pay. This training is qualifying but not leading to qualification. It could be if the quartet or one of its members wishes to enroll in a longer course within the CNSMD (after a competitive entrance examination).

Sophie Leleu
sophie.leleu @
+33 (0) 4 72 19 26 91
+33 (0) 6 83 82 57 15