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 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......

  • You can apply now for all our Jazz and Improvised Music courses for the year 2021-2022. We offer long and undergraduate courses. But also a 5-day course, a one-day weekly training for strings, a 1-day-per-month course for a year and Big Band training.   Undergraduate......

  • For a day, the CMDL opens its doors! The program for this Monday, February 8, 2021 does not differ from other Mondays, you will be able to: attend rhythm workshops with André Charlier and Pierre Perchaud,practice your musical earing with Benoit Sourisse and Fredéric Loiseau,take......

  • 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......

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