Classical music courses

Course offered in partnership with the Université Toulouse — Jean Jaurès, the CRR de Toulouse, Toulouse Guitare, Piano aux Jacobins and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse.

Organisation of studies

The course includes 1350 hours of training spread over 3 years and organised in teaching departments (UE). Obtaining a diploma is subject to the acquisition of 180 credits (ECTS), which can be acknowledged and transferred anywhere in Europe.

Teaching departments.1 / Musical practice

  • Instrumental or vocal improvement
  • Collective practices (orchestra or choir)
  • Music reading or chamber music
  • Improvisation
  • Masterclass in instrumental or vocal practice

Teaching departments.2 / Musical culture

  • Analysis
  • Writing
  • History of music
  • Musical training (if needed)

Teaching departments.3 / Cross-disciplinary and professionalising skills

  • Methodology: preparation for professional life
  • Personal artistic project
  • Professional scenarios
  • Internships in a professional environment with, in particular, depending on options, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse, the Théâtre du Capitole, the Toulouse les Orgues festivals, Passe ton Bach d’abord, the Electronic Siestes, Éole, the Toulouse Mélodie Française competition… These internships focus on the modalities of professional practice on stage and behind the scenes (audition simulation, rehearsals, concerts, recording, management, administration, communication).

If pursuing a degree

  • Modern language (or other optional course)
  • Computer science (C2i exam).


Guest trainers complete the training through internships, trans-disciplinary workshops (music, dance and visual arts) and workshops on specific aspects, including:

  • posture and injury prevention in musicians
  • mental preparation for performers
  • stage presence and public speaking
  • ancient and contemporary music
  • analysis of movement
  • labour law, copyright and statutes of performing musicians
  • designing artistic projects within the framework of cultural events and festivals (Les Siestes Électroniques, Passe ton Bach d’Abord, Toulouse les Orgues, Jazz in Marciac, Avant-Mardi network of current music, Music’Halle…).

Teaching resources

Different teaching times are offered:
— individual lessons,
— group lessons,
— masterclass,
— workshops and studios shared with art, design, graphic design options and the dance department,
— internships and extracurricular projects (concerts/public offerings).

The institute’s ensemble

  • the Toulouse Superior String Orchestra (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 is made up of musicians registered in the 3rd cycle or in advanced at the CRR de Toulouse and DNSPM students at isdaT. It offers these students the opportunity to work in conditions similar to those reserved for them in professional life: intensive rehearsals over a few sessions and independent performances without a conductor.
  • isdaTus, the isdaT choir, under the direction of Julien Garde, offers its students the opportunity to explore repertoires for a capella choirs ranging from those of the Middle Ages to contemporary works.

Alice Dumazy, atelier moulage © Franck Alix
© Franck Alix
Alice Dumazy, atelier moulage © Franck Alix
Alice Dumazy, atelier moulage © Franck Alix
Quatuor Ysae, JPO de l'isdaT © Franck Alix, février 2020
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