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License d'Interprétation Musicale (= Bachelor). Three years. A performance-oriented degree.
Diplôme d’études musicales (DEM). A two- to three-year pre-professional program in performance and associated studies which may include early music, theory, aural skills and composition. A program in orchestral conducting is offered. Diplôme de Virtuosité. In performance, composition. Diplôme de Concert. Lauréat. Title awarded to exceptional students.
Established in 1894 by Vincent D’Indy, Charles Bordes and Alexandre Guilmant, the Schola Cantorum is the oldest private higher music institution in France. Despite its name, the institution does not offer programs in religious music. There are departments of music, dance and drama. The awards are offered through partnerships with the Regional Conservatory of Versailles and the University of Arts and Humanities of Rouen. The school sees its main strengths as being in organ, piano, singing, choral programs, composition, early music and jazz. It also offers a program in dance therapy. No age limit applies for entry to the various programs. Courses are organised for different purposes, for non-professionals (Cursus libre), for those wishing to take their performing skills to higher levels culminating in the award of a Certificate (Cursus B), and for aspiring professional musicians (Cycle A Vocation Professionnelle - Cursus A). Cursus A programs culminate in the award of Diplomas following examination. The Schola Cantorum holds regular summer courses in organ, singing, choral singing and composition. Music classes are offered for young children. There is a children’s orchestra.