Driven by a desire to transmit and defend jazz and improvised music, the musicians Didier Lockwood, Benoit Sourisse, André Charlier and the director Chantal Charlier, create in 2000 this institution of higher education, in order to accompany young musicians to professional life.


As an institution of higher education, the CMDL offers different courses that allow each musician, whatever his level and his path, to find the program that corresponds to his attends. Thanks to the partnerships established with the Pôle Supérieur Paris Boulogne-Billancourt (PSPBB), the University of Evry Val d’Essonne, the CRD Val Maubuée in Noisiel, the National Federation of Schools of Influence Jazz and Contemporary music (FNEIJMA) , the school is authorized to provide initial or continuing professional qualifications. Although private, it applies similar tuition fees to French higher education centers.


Between creation, album releases, scenes and tours, the members of the teaching team share the fruit of their experiences with new generations of musicians. Over a year, the CMDL invites more than 80 professional musicians to complete its team of 10 referent teachers. The visiting professor then brings his own approach according to his path and his sensitivity.


Since international exchanges have become essential in the training of young musicians, the CMDL adheres to the Erasmus Charter and develops partnerships with the most prestigious international music schools.


  • Did you miss the first application session for the CMDL’s Professional program 2021-2022 ? Good news ! We are launching a second session today. You have until May 31 to apply online. The selected candidates will be invited to the admission tests, on Tuesday June......

  • Following the postponement of the course, now scheduled for June 28 to July 2, 2021, guitarists and violinists who wish to participate can apply ! The teaching team welcomes the musicians for an immersive week. This training allows you to discover improvisation or to improve......

  • Shorter and adapted to musicians wishing to preserve a professional activity, these programs offer specific lessons in jazz and improvised music.   Strings, jazz and improvised music Strings only, based on Didier Lockwood teaching methods. Monday all-day for a year – 157h CMDL Certificate. Application......

  • In 2021, thanks to the partnership with the PSPBB, students on the DNSPM course at the CMDL will be able to take the entrance examination for the State Diploma (DE) and simultaneously follow the two courses. Application for the entrance examination for the State Diploma......

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