Musicology Licence Degree

Initial & continuing course

The LICENCE Musicology – Jazz and Improvised Music course at CMDL allows:

  • Provide a working method to master instrumental technique and acquire a real artistic dimension
  • Develop individual creativity and personal projects
  • Acquire jazz culture and knowledge of jazz styles by consolidating rhythmic, harmonic and melodic concepts (improvisations, interpretations)
  • Empower and adapt to all work situations


Training leads to two degrees:

The Musicology License
The student is trained at the CMDL and at the University of Evry Val d’Essonne to obtain his musicology license. He thus acquired a first university level of knowledge and skills in jazz and improvised music. He strengthens his general culture and his mastery of information and communication technologies. The degree level allows a continuation of studies in master.

CMDL Diploma
The Didier Lockwood Music Centre awards the CMDL diploma to students with a general grade higher than 70% in exams. It certifies a high level of mastery in jazz and improvised music.

The training takes place over three consecutive academic years (September to June), each of 30 calendar weeks, divided into six semesters.


The LICENTIATE student is enrolled in two institutions:

  • the CMDL, where he receives almost all of his teachings, three days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday).
  • Université d’Évry Val d’Essonne, where he takes courses one day a week (Wednesday) for his Musicology degree


Training content:

The overall content of the training is organized in the following way, divided evenly between practical, theoretical, cultural and methodological courses:

At CMDL – 3 days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday)
Instrument, deciphering / Ear / Rhythm / Harmony / Writing, composition and arrangement / Ensemble repertoire jazz / Ensemble repertoire originaux / Ensemble repertoire «esthétique» / Big band / Sonorisation / Informatique Musicale / Studio / Histoire du Jazz / Connaissance de l’environnement professionnel / Master-class / concerts / …

Evry Val d’Essonne University – 1 day a week (Wednesday)
English and two musicology lessons

To know the details of the educational program, please refer to the information package (in french).

The LICENSE training allows:

Access to the contest (IUFM, Capes, Aggregation, etc.)

Further study in higher education (Master, PhD, etc.)

Entering the life of a professional musician

To take the BACHELOR Entry into Initial Education exams, the candidate must:

  • Hold a National Musician Career Path Diploma (DNOP) JAZZ or a Musical Studies Diploma (DEM) JAZZ.*
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree or a French or foreign diploma accepted as a dispensation or equivalent. *
  • Must be at least 26 years of age (December 31st of the school year)
  • Have not been away from school for more than 2 years.

*POSSIBLE OVERRIDE, request to complete when registering online.

To take the BACHELOR in Continuing Education Entrance Examination, the candidate must:

  • Hold a National Musician Career Path Diploma (DNOP) or a Musical Studies Diploma (DEM) JAZZ.*
  • To be a professional musician, you must have a minimum of 2 years of service in the profession and 48 postings in the last 2 years prior to applying for training.
  • Have been away from school for more than 2 years.


*POSSIBLE OVERRIDE, to be completed when you register online.

The cost of the training (initial training) is as follows:

  • 3,000 euro CMDL registration
  • 170 euros registration at the University of Evry Val d’Essonne
  • 90 euros from CVEC (Student Life and Campus Contribution)

Either EUR 3260 per year.

The cost of training (continuing education) is as follows:

  • 7000 euro CMDL registration
  • 170 euros registration at the University of Evry Val d’Essonne
  • 90 euros from CVEC (Student Life and Campus Contribution)

Either 7260 euros per year.

If you have limited resources, you may be eligible for a scholarship, help to finance your education.

Stock exchanges on social criteria (BCS)
The aid is awarded on the basis of three criteria: the income of the tax household, the number of tax-dependent children of the family and the distance from the place of study. For more information, simulation and BCS application, visit Don’t wait for the result of the competition to evaluate your opportunity to receive a scholarship!

Emergency aid

The National Emergency Relief Fund provides a rapid response to precarious student situations. There are two specific types of aid: one-time aid for students who are experiencing serious difficulties, or annual aid for students who are experiencing lasting difficulties.
For more information, visit

Vocational Training Funding Schemes:
Depending on the personal situation of the trainee (artist-performer, artist-author, job seeker or others), various funding agencies for continuing training may be requested. This training is notably eligible for the CPF (Personal Training Account)*. We invite you to contact the AFDAS or the OPCO that your employer depends on. You can also turn to your Region or your Employment Advisor.

As a training partner for cultural, communication, media and leisure professionals, AFDAS offers several financing solutions according to your status (Skills Development Plan, CIF, etc.).

Your region
This territorial authority is mobilized to help young people to train and facilitate their professional integration. Check with your region to find out what aids are in place.

Employment Division
Where existing financing arrangements (those of local authorities, OPCO, etc.) cannot support your training project, partially or fully, Contact your Employment Division advisor to see if you can benefit from an Individual Training Assistance (AIF) that will help finance the educational costs of your training.


* Le Compte Personnel de Formation
Tous les salariés et tous les demandeurs d’emploi âgés de 16 ans ou plus, bénéficient d’un compte personnel de formation (CPF). Il lui permet d’acquérir des droits à la formation mobilisables tout au long de sa vie professionnelle. Pour créer votre compte personnel d’activité (CPA), accéder au CPF et formuler une demande de financement, rendez-vous sur le nouveau portail ouvert depuis mars 2018.
  • Registration Starts: December 10, 2021
  • End of entries: April 1, 2022
  • Test Eligibility Results: end of April 2022
  • Admission tests: May 2022
  • Results: June 2022



  • 1 photo ID
  • 1 copy of a duplex ID
  • 1 Cover letter
  • 1 Curriculum Vitae
  • Viewing links for your video footage (minimum trio): your interpretation of one of the ten imposed themes and a piece of your choice.
  • The scores of the 2 free songs, for the rhythm section (double bass, drums and piano and two scores for the jury), written with music score software (2 pages max. per piece).
  • 1 online payment will be requested, corresponding to the application fee of 70 euros
Additional Document for Continuing Education Candidates
  • Employment or Entertainment Credits for the last 2 years.


  • An academic certificate from your institution for the current year, if graduation with a baccalaureate (or equivalent) in 2021
  • A copy of the Baccalaureate or equivalent diploma
  • A copy of the Baccalaureate transcript or equivalent
  • A copy of the last transcript, if higher education is in progress
  • A copy of the diploma obtained or last transcript, if previous higher education
  • A copy of the DEM Jazz or DNOP Jazz
  • A school certificate from your institution with details of the courses taken, whether DEM Jazz or other musical studies in progress.
  • A copy of the Certificate of Achievement or Education for all other prior musical training



  • 1 copy of the Foreign Higher Education Access Diploma (with sworn translation)
  • 1 copy of the foreign higher education diploma
  • 1 copy of the diploma or graduation certificate for any foreign musical diploma
  • 1 University PAD Application Receipt (Non-EU Foreign Applicants Only)
  • 1 Certificate of Comparability for a Foreign Degree from ENIC NARIC France
  • 1 Certificate of recognition of study and/or training abroad issued by ENIC NARIC France

To obtain these attestations, you will find the procedure to be followed on the ciep “comment obtenir une attestation?”


When registering online, the applicant must provide links to watch video recordings. The candidate will have to play on these videos (in trio minimum) 1 free piece, as well as a piece chosen from the list of 10 imposed pieces.


The candidates invited to the admission tests will be subjected to the test «interpretation of standard without partition». On D-Day, each candidate will have to interpret without score the piece chosen by the jury, among the list of 10 imposed themes. He will be accompanied exclusively by the CMDL’s escorts, without any rehearsals beforehand.

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