The period of study is lasting 4 semesters (2 years). However, the student can register for one year and renew the application for the following year.

This program is designed to articulate practical, theoretical, cultural and methodological teachings:

Instrument, sight-reading / Ear training / Rhythm / Harmony / Writing, composition, arrangement / Jazz repertoire ensemble/ Original repertoire ensemble / World music ensemble / Big band / Sound engineering / Musical computing / Studio recording / History of jazz music / Knowledge of the professional environment / Master-class / concerts / …

This program allows you:

  • to take the tests to obtain the MIMA Certificate
  • to take the tests to obtain the certification “Interpréter une œuvre de musiques actuelles” 
  • to take the tests to obtain the DEM
  • to work as a professional musician

The candidate must:

    • Be 18 years old or more*
    • To have a good level in music

*You are allowed to fill a derogation request during your online application.

If you use a personal fund to finance your studies, the CMDL gives you financial support by lowering the tuition fees.



 Tuition feesScholarship if personal fundingCost if personal funding
First year6400 euros1400 euros5000 euros
Final year6400 eurosbetween 2600 and 3500 eurosbetween 1900 and 2800 euros

Depending on the personal situation of the trainee (performer, artist-author, job seeker or others) various funding bodies for continuing education can be contacted. In France, this program is eligible for the CPF (Personal Training Account). We invite you to inquire directly with the AFDAS or the OPCO on which your employer depends. You can also turn to your Region or your Pôle Emploi advisor.

The Afdas
As a training partner for culture, communication, media and leisure professionals, AFDAS offers several financing solutions depending on your status (Skills development plan, CIF, etc.).

Your region
This local authority is mobilized to help young people to train and facilitate their professional integration. Check with your region to find out about the support systems in place.

Pôle Emploi
When the existing funding mechanisms (those of local authorities, OPCOs, etc.) cannot partially or fully support your training project, contact your Pôle Emploi advisor to see if you can benefit from individual assistance. training (AIF) which will help finance the educational costs of your training.

Application: December 15th, 2020

Application deadline : May 31st, 2021

Eligibility results to the admission tests: June 2021

Admission tests: June 22nd, 2021

Results : June or July 2021

Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for drums, piano and guitar.



  • 1 ID photo
  • 1 copy of your ID card (both sides)
  • 1 Cover letter
  • 1 Curriculum Vitae
  • The links of your video recordings (at least in trio): your interpretation of one of the ten imposed themes and a piece of your choice
  • The scores of the 2 free-choice programs, for the rhythm section (double bass, drums and piano and two scores for the jury), written with a software of musical scores (2 pages max.)
  • 1 online payment will be required, corresponding to the application fee of 70 euros


During the online application, the candidate must indicate a link of a video recording, where he interprets one of the ten imposed themes. The selected candidates to pass the admission tests will then be subjected to the “standard interpretation without score” test. On the D-Day, each candidate will have to interpret, without a score, the piece chosen by the jury, from the list of the 10 themes. It will be accompanied exclusively by the CMDL musicians, without any prior repetition.


  • Woody’n You Dizzy Gillespie
  • You’re My Everything Harry Warren
  • Till There Was You Meredith Wilson
  • Broken Wing Richie Beirach
  • Sing Me Softly of the Blues Carla Bley
  • TGV Louis Winsberg
  • I Should Care Cahn/Stordahl/Weston
  • Pensativa Clare Fisher
  • Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum Wayne Shorter
  • Everybody’s Song But My Own Kenny Wheeler

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