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.


  • In September, we welcomed back all of our students and staff. Our priority is to maintain the safest possible environment for our entire community. We will always adhere to current government guidelines and respond quickly to the evolving situation. In order to do this, we......

  • The Competition is postponed to next year. A one of a kind jazz violinist and generous pedagogue, Didier Lockwood definitely was a major player in Jazz violin history. In his memory, the CMDL wishes to support the new generation of violinists. For its 20 years......

  • The CMDL is pleased to welcome the American singer Tierney Sutton for an exceptional masterclass. The vocal students will have the chance to share a moment with her, before she meets all of the 2019-2020 class. Then, she will give a mini-concert with the CMDL......

  • In 2020, the European Big band plays brazilian music !!!!!! Students from le Centre des musiques Didier Lockwood, le Pôle supérieur d’enseignement artistique – Paris Boulogne-Billancourt, l’Institut Musical de Formation Professionnelle – Salon de Provence (FRANCE), The Hochshule für Musik in Munich (GERMANY), And the......

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