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Studies at the Lyon Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse are organised in accordance with the recommendations of the Bologna Process of the European Higher Education Area. The conservatory trains students for careers as instrumental musicians, singers, choral conductors, composers, music teachers and dance teachers. Ensemble work and performance of all kinds enjoy pride of place. A constant effort is made to ensure that the music culture it stands for is as widely-based as possible.

Music studies

Music studies at the Lyon CNSMD are organised in three levels. At each level courses are divided into teaching units lasting one semester. Credit points are awarded for each unit, but the number of credits and the course organisation varies from one specialisation to another.

Dance studies

Dance studies at the Lyon CNSMD are organised in four years. In their final year students belong to the Youth Ballet, which creates the required link between the learning period and the initial stages of a professional career. For this department, all the subsidiary subjects are specific to the needs of dancers.

Undergraduate courses

Studies at the Lyon Lyon CNSMD lead initially to the DNSPM (Diplôme National Supérieur Professionnel de Musicien) or the DNSPD (Diplôme National Supérieur Professionnel de Danseur).

Master’s and doctorate-level music courses

For music specialities students can continue their studies after the DNSPM in order to obtain a diploma which is officially recognised as being equivalent to a university master’s degree. Doctorate-level of two types courses are also offered:

  • a ‘research and practice’ doctorate of music in collaboration with the 3LA Doctoral School of the Université Lumière Lyon 2
  • an in-house Artist Diploma, which sanctions an artistic project and is awarded by the Lyon CNSMD itself.

Music and dance teaching

The Lyon CNSMD also offers master’s-level courses which prepare and qualify students to work as music and dance teachers in state-controlled music and dance schools.


Studies policy


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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