Music Master's degree

“Research and the ensemble performance of classical and romantic orchestras”

Open to young musicians at the start of their careers who wish to specialize in classical and romantic repertoires on period instruments.

Two complementary approaches contribute to obtaining the diploma awarded by the University of Poitiers:

  • the practice of period instruments, dispensed at the Abbaye aux Dames
  • research training carried out at the University of Poitiers
  • Degree : Master
  • Area : Humanities and social science
  • Focus areas : Musicology
  • Specialty : Music, research and ensemble performance
  • Duration of reference : 4 semesters/120 ECTS
  • Training takes two years and is held at the Abbaye aux Dames, la cité musicale, and the University of Poitiers.

Training content

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UE1 – Disciplinary education

Seminar “Concepts and Tools” (3 ECTS)

Seminar “Forms and uses of the score” (6 ECTS)

UE2 – Auxiliary skills

Digital skills (3 ECTS)

Modern languages ​​(3 ECTS)

UE3 (MRPE) – Interpreter training and professionalization

Instrumental practice, instrument course (4 ECTS)

Chamber music course (4 ECTS)

October 16 to 21, 2021 – chamber music and mediation course with Géraldine Aliberti

Artistic diffusion and production (7 ECTS)

December 13 to 18, 2021, orchestral course conducted by David Stern

UE1 – Disciplinary education

Seminar “Concepts and Tools”

Methodological support and thesis

Professional integration

UE2 – Auxiliary skills

Digital skills

Modern languages ​​(3 ECTS; 1 ECTS)

Days of presentation of the work of the MSH master and the MRPE master (M1 and M2)

UE3 (MRPE) – Interpreter training and professionalization

Instrumental practice, instrument course (3 ECTS)

Chamber music course (4 ECTS) :

February 1-7, 2022 – chamber music course with Kai Kopp

Solo recital and ensembles (4 ECTS) :

Exam
JOA: exam session – May 23 to 26, 2022

Artistic diffusion and production (6 ECTS) :

March 1 to 8, 2022 – orchestra course conducted by Julien Chauvin

Study of treaties (3 ECTS)

UE1 – Disciplinary education

Seminar “Sources of musical performance” (5 ECTS)

UE2 – Auxiliary skills and professionalization

Modern languages ​​(3 ECTS)

Internship search and professional integration (3 ECTS)

UE3 (MRPE) – Interpreter training and professionalization

Instrumental practice (3 ECTS)

Chamber music course (4 ECTS) :

October 16 to 21, 2021 – chamber music and mediation with Géraldine Aliberti

Artistic diffusion and production (6 ECTS)

December 13 to 18, 2021, orchestral course conducted by David Stern

Organology (5 ECTS)

UE1 – Disciplinary education

Seminar “Sources of musical performance”

UE2 – Auxiliary skills and professionalization

Internship or validation of professional experience (4 ECTS)

Viva (4 ECTS)

Modern languages ​​(3 ECTS)

UE3 (MRPE) – Interpreter training and professionalization

Instrumental practice, instrument course (1 ECTS)

Chamber music (4 ECTS)

February 1-7, 2022 – chamber music with Kai Kopp

Solo recital and ensembles (3 ECTS)

Exam session (Abbey): May 23 to 26, 2022

Artistic diffusion and production (6 ECTS)

March 1 to 8, 2022 – orchestra course conducted by Julien Chauvin

SPREADING OF A YEAR OVER TWO YEARS

The student can spread out the year of M1 or M2 over two years, which requires full payment for two consecutive registrations. The educational managers then establish before the start of the training, in consultation with the student, a plan for the distribution of the different teaching units, which the student undertakes to respect and which constitutes a study contract.

DIRECT ACCESS IN M2

A request for validation or direct access to the second year of the Master (M2) is possible if the student has already obtained another Masters degree. A committee made up of representatives of the University and the Abbaye aux Dames, la cité musicale or the pôle Aliénor then studies the student’s file: CV, explanatory letter, transcripts of diplomas (Master or Bachelor), discertation already written. If the request for direct access to M2 is accepted, it is advisable (with some exceptions) to spread the lessons over two years.

LANGUAGE

Les partenaires du parcours MRPE étant internationaux, il est admis que l’accès des étudiants y soit possible sans le niveau de français habituellement requis (B2). La réussite aux évaluations implique cependant que l’étudiant fasse le nécessaire pour atteindre le plus rapidement possible le niveau B2.

University courses are mainly given in French; some seminars or conferences may be in English. As the partners of the MRPE course are international, it is accepted that access for students is possible without the level of French usually required (B2). Successful assessment, however, implies that the student takes the necessary measures to reach level B2 as quickly as possible.

ENGLISH LESSON

Fluency in a foreign language is required for graduation. The student must provide before the end of the training a B2 level certificate in a language other than his mother tongue. A certificate in French is admitted for foreign students.

Educational coordination

University of Poitiers:

Thierry Favier (Head of Musicology) – favier@univ-poitiers.fr

Céline Drèze (Head of the MRPE course) – dreze@univ-poitiers.fr
University of Tours:

Talia Bachir-Loopuyt (Head of the MSH course) – bachir-loopuyt@univ-tours.fr

Abbaye-aux-Dames:

Catherine Puig (Educational Director of the JOA) – puig@abbayeauxdames.org
Cécile Chemin (JOA / Master production manager) – chemin@abbayeauxdames.org

Contact University of Poitiers

Department of Musicology

Music and Dance University Pavilion (Bldg. E08)

15, rue Guillaume VII le troubadour – TSA 81118

86073 Poitiers Cedex 9

Secretariat: Pascale Bianor (05 49 45 42 84) – pascale.bianor@univ-poitiers.fr

Reception: Anita Boulay (05 49 45 52 05) – anita.boulay@univ-poitiers.fr; Mélinda Benoît – melinda.benoit@univ-poitiers.fr

UFR Human Sciences and Arts, known as “Hôtel Fumé” (education, computer rooms, Guillemet room, Michel Foucault University Library (or BUSHA)

UFR Human Sciences and Arts – Building E15

8, rue René Descartes – TSA 81118

86073 Poitiers Cedex 9

Reception: 05 49 45 45 45

 

Contact University of Tours

Department of Musicology

5 rue François Clouet

37000 Tours

Secretariat: Nicole Isoard: 02 47 36 77 33: nicole.isoard@univ-tours.fr

Application requirements

Recruitment is open for violinists, violists, cellists, double bassists, flutists and bassoonists until August 28.

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria :

• hold a higher national professional musician’s diploma and a bachelor’s degree in music and/or musicology

• hold a bachelor’s degree in music interpretation (foreign university)

• hold a national music teacher’s diploma and a bachelor’s degree in music and/or musicology

Interpretation test program

  • 1 movement from the classical concerto of your choice
  • 3 orchestral excerpts to choose from the list
  • 1 imposed music study
    Violin : 24e caprice de Rode
    Viola : 5e étude d’Hoffmeister
    Cello : 8e étude de Duport
    Doublebass : 2 études de Wensel Hause différentes en termes de tempo et tonalité
    Flute : 9e étude de Tulou
    Oboe : deux études au choix de Ferling, 1 n° pair technique et 1 n° impair mélodique
    Clarinet : un des 3 caprices d’Anton Stadler
    Bassoon : un caprice d’Ozi n°4, extrait de la méthode
    Horn : une étude pour second cor (pages 110&111) extraite de la méthode pour premier et second cor de Domnich

Cost

The annual cost of the master’s, 1,086 euros, covers :

  • the amount due to the Abbaye aux Dames for the instrumental music courses, a €600 contribution to accommodation/meal fees + a compulsory €16 membership fee for our association, for a total of €616,
  • the amount due to the University of Poitiers for theoretical seminars: €259.10 for a Master’s diploma, including tuition fees (€254) + preventive medicine (€5.10) + a €211 compulsory subscription to the student social security system, for a total of about €470.

Accommodation

Students are provided with meals and accommodation while taking instrumental music courses and performing public concerts (at Saintes and on trips).
Students must cover their own accommodation in Poitiers.

Grants

Several grants are awarded to students each year to allow them to participate in lessons, courses and seminars at the different teaching sites. If you wish to apply for a grant, please contact the administration of the Abbaye aux Dames.

 

Disability

The student who would have difficulties due to a situation of disability, even slight, even temporary, is kindly requested to consult the disability referent (zenoni@abbayeauxdames.org) when registering, in order to allow the establishment of an adapted training plan.

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