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classical musics course

in association with the Université de Toulouse — Jean Jaurès, the CRR de Toulouse, and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse

organisation of studies

The course contains 1 350 hours of training distributed over a 3-year period and organised into teaching units (UE). Obtaining the degree requires the acquisition of 180 credits (ECTS) that can be cross-credited throughout Europe.

UE.1 / Musical practice

  • instrumental or vocal mastery
  • collective practices (orchestra or choir)
  • reading repertoire or chamber music
  • improvisation
  • masterclasses in instrumental or vocal practice

UE.2 / Musical culture

  • analysis
  • writing
  • history of music
  • musical training (as required)

UE.3 / Cross-sectorial and professional skills

  • methodology: preparation for professional life
  • personal art project
  • professional placements
  • internships in professional environments with, depending on the options, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse, the Théâtre du Capitole, the festivals Toulouse les Orgues, Passe ton Bach d’Abord, Siestes Électroniques, Éole, and the competition Toulouse Mélodie Française… These internships relate to the conditions of professional practice both on stage and behind the scenes (audition simulation, rehearsals, concerts, recording, floor management, administration, communication, etc.)

if enrolled in the bachelor’s degree course:

  • foreign language (or other optionnal class)
  • computer studies (C2i exam).


Guest professors complete the training in the framework of internships and workshops on specific aspects, notably including:

  • posture and injury prevention for musicians
  • mental preparation of performances
  • stage presence and public speaking
  • ancient and contemporary music
  • analysis of movement
  • employment law, copyright law and status of performance musicians
  • devising art projects as part of cultural events and festivals (Siestes Électroniques, Passe ton Bach d’Abord, Toulouse les Orgues, Jazz in Marciac, Avant-Mardi, Music’Halle, etc.).

teaching facilities

Various teaching methods are provided:

  • individual classes,
  • collective classes,
  • masterclasses,
  • workshops with the fine arts department and dance unit,
  • internships and external projects (concerts/public proposals).

the institute’s ensembles

  • The Orchestre à Cordes Supérieur de Toulouse (OCST), under the artistic direction of Gilles Colliard. The concert season of this ensemble is developed in close collaboration with the Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse. The OCST comprises musicians enrolled in third-cycle or mastery courses at the CRR de Toulouse and DNSPM students at the isdaT. It offers these students the chance to work in conditions similar to what they will experience in their working lives: intensive rehearsals for several sessions and independent sessions without a conductor.
  • isdaTus, the isdaT choir, under the direction of Rolandas Muleika, offers its students the chance to explore repertoires for a capella voices, ranging from the Middle Ages through to contemporary works.

isdaTus for the closing show of isdaT opening days, march 2018

  • Musika Orchestra Academy, directed by Pierre Bleuse: this orchestra is made up of students from the isdaT and from other higher education schools. It offers an annual intensive session that stages renowned soloists and a broad symphonic repertoire.

instrument professors

violin: Nathalie Descamps + Raphaël Oleg, Carole Bruère-Garbarg
alto: Juliette Gil + Michel Michalakakos
cello: Antoine Foucher, Sarah Iancu + Roland Pidoux
double bass: Damien-Loup Vergne
saxophone: Philippe Lecocq + Hugo Schmitt
percussions: Thibault Buchaillet + Laurence Meisterlin + Émilien Prodhomme
harp: Gaëlle Thouvenin + Sébastien Horrer
organ: Stéphane Bois + Jan Willem Jansen + Michel Bouvard
organ improvisation: Philippe Lefèbvre
harpsichord: Yasuko Uyama-Bouvard, Jan Willem Jansen
piano-accompaniment: Éloise Urbain + Christophe Larrieu
voice: Anne Fondeville, Jacques Schwarz
flute: Sandrine Tilly + Claude Roubichou
oboe/english cor: Gabrielle Zaneboni
clarinet: David Minetti
bassoon: Estelle Richard + Marion Lefort + Anne-Sophie Frémy
trumpet: Hugo Blacher + René-Gilles Rousselot
horn: Jacques Deleplancque + Hervé Lupano
trombone: Daniel Lassale + David Locqueneux + Fabien Dornic
tuba: Sylvain Picard
orchestra conducting: Sabrie Bekirova
chamber music: Yannick Callier, Éloise Urbain, David Minetti, Sandrine Tilly, Michel Michalakakos.


The “+” sign means that these professors work in tandem.