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Music studies

Master’s level Music Courses



Students proceeding from undergraduate courses at the Lyon CNSMD

Students who hold a DNSPM awarded by the Lyon CNSMD can be admitted to master’s courses, providing that their master’s project has been validated by the teaching staff of the Lyon CNSMD. If this is not the case they are nevertheless allowed to apply to take the entry audition with external candidates. Candidates must be aged from 16 to 29.

External candidates

Students can apply for master’s courses at the Lyon CNSMD if they hold a DNSPM or  a bachelor’s degree (or a qualification from an institution in France or abroad which is recognised as being equivalent to a bachelor’s degree) in the specialisation concerned. Preliminary selection is based on the candidate’s written application.

Click here for more information about admissions.


Teaching is organised in three units:

  • Unit 1. Main subject: specialisation that the student auditioned for: instrument, singing, writing, choral conducting, composition, chamber music and musical culture). Click here to see the list.


  • Unit 2. Subsidiary subjects connected with the main subject (chamber music and orchestra) and one non-specialised subject, which is nevertheless connected with the master’s research project. Click here to see the list.


  • Unit 3. Other skills: language, applied research methodology, master’s dissertation skills, etc.


Master’s studies take two years (no reduction in the length of the course is possible). The two-year course leads to a ‘grade de master’ diploma (officially recognised as being equivalent to a university master’s degree).


By virtue of the decree published by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research on 16th July 2010, the ‘grade de Master’ is conferred automatically on holders of master’s diplomas in music performance, choral conducting, musical culture, composition and writing awarded by the Lyon CNSMD.


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
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