Music Master's degree

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

Complete application form to be sent before 13 June 2019.
Send video recordings before 15 June 2019.
Open to students holding a university degree, Higher National Professional Musician’s Diploma (“DNSPM”), or a bachelor’s degree.
This Master’s degree specialises in classical and romantic repertoires using period instruments. It links research and practice.
Training takes two years and is held at the Abbaye aux Dames, la cité musicale, and the University of Poitiers.

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INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC Instrumental tuition: 12 hours per semester.
Evaluation: one oral exam.

12 hours of instrumental tuition with specialist professors who are recognised in their field and selected by students. Tuition is arranged between the professor and student, outside the courses held at the Abbaye aux Dames.

ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Chamber music: 15 hours per semester.

Courses

 

1ST SEMESTER – FORMS AND USES OF SCORES – ISABELLE HIS AND THIERRY FAVIER
(UNIVERSITY OF POITIERS)
In these classes, you will learn the different types of musical sources elaborated during the 18th century: sources from published collections, institutional or individual sources and sources representative of the work of composers, musicians or editors. You will study the contexts in which these sources were elaborated in a cross-cutting way and find out their functions. This will reveal the close links between their different forms and uses. Emphasis will be placed on the way this critical approach to music scores enhances the field of interpretation.
Evaluation: the last session will be dedicated to an oral exam.

2ND SEMESTER – STUDY OF TREATISES – HILARY METZGER (ABBAYE AUX DAMES) AND PASCAL DUBREUIL (CESMD)
Through the “Study of Treatises” seminar, you will undertake an in-depth reading of the main musical treatises of the classical and romantic periods, from the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th century (rhetoric, theoretical writings, instrument manuals). The approach will take into account the context of the various texts so you can distinguish the fundamental issues (the author’s culture, target audience(s), transmission of “academic” knowledge  or reflections on more specific practices, etc.) and hone your theoretical knowledge, which you will put into practice when playing your instrument(s).
Evaluation: Written dossier and report or oral exam as part of your continuous assessment in year 2.

SPECIALTY SEMINAR: ARTISTIC MODELS AND TRANSFERS (MUSIC, MUSICOLOGY AND ART HISTORY) – VÉRONIQUE MEYER AND THIERRY FAVIER (COORDINATION)
In this cross-cutting, participatory seminar, you will take part in collective projects with one or two other students. Projects will focus on a concise subject linked to your personal research themes. Throughout the year, you will write a blog about your chosen theme, presenting your texts and research documents (sources, iconography, audio documents, etc…) according to the scientific criteria of university work. During sessions, each group will present the progress of their work, as well as synopses of books or articles related to their chosen field of study. To broaden your reflection, you will benefit from communications made by researchers on the issues pertaining to your project. Evaluation: one oral exam and/or exercise.

ARTISTIC PRODUCTION AND OUTREACH WITHIN THE JEUNE ORCHESTRE DE L’ABBAYE (JOA)
One chamber orchestra or symphonic orchestra session per semester.

Courses

1ST SEMESTER – SOURCES AND BIBLIOGRAPHIES – ISABELLE HIS
In these lessons, you will discover the different kinds of bibliographic tools that are used for musicological research, giving you access to different kinds of sources (primary and secondary), as well as various other documents; the structures of these works, their comparative organisation, the choices that governed their creation and the field they cover; the different parts of a research dissertation, the standards for bibliographical presentation, the phases of the drafting process, the reporting technique and the issue of plagiarism.
Evaluation: 2 written exams and one oral exam during the seminar.

YEAR 1 – 2ND SEMESTER – CRITICAL DISCOURSE ANALYSIS – THIERRY FAVIER
This seminar focuses on the issues involved in developing contemporary musicological discourse, both written and oral, and its various forms. You will tackle the central issues of the author’s position in the musicological field and the development of his or her concerns. You will also study more practical aspects through vocabulary, argumentation, the status of the musical example and the use and forms of document presentation, etc. The aim of this seminar is to encourage reflection on the elaboration of discourse, but also experimentation and concrete applications through targeted, individual presentations and collective discussions.
Evaluation: two written exams and one oral exam during the seminar.

YEAR 2 – 3RD SEMESTER – ORGANOLOGY AND LUTE-MAKING
The organology seminar uses the “Forschung toolbox” approach. It gives overviews of the different research projects of the Haute École des Arts de Berne (Berne School of Arts) and the manufacture of historical instruments, especially during the 19th century. Symposiums, which are also attended by students from Berne, are led and supervised by musicians, instrument makers, restorers and musicologists. The trainers will be Kai Köpp, Adrian v. Steiger, Daniel Allenbach and Andreas Schöni.
Evaluation: waived in exchange for your attendance.
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YEAR 2 – 3RD AND 4TH SEMESTERS – DISCIPLINARY FRONTIERS (MUSIC AND MUSICOLOGY, ART HISTORY): THE ORCHESTRA: A EUROPEAN INSTITUTION (18TH AND 19TH CENTURIES) – THIERRY FAVIER
This study day is part of the “Cultural elites and institutions serving the arts and sciences” seminar (Thierry Sauzeau – Jean-Roger Soubiran (coord.). The seminar will offer you methodological guidelines for an institutional history of European orchestras. Special focus will be given to the matter of their administrative operation, the elements founding their identity, their influence on musical life and the performances in which they are involved.
Evaluation: written exam.

YEAR 1 – CRITICAL EDITION – MUSIC ENGRAVING COURSE – THIERRY FAVIER
During your first semester, a music engraving course will teach you the principles and implementation of a published critical score. This course is provided in partnership with the Royaumont Foundation within its François-Lang Music Library. Evaluation: one oral exam for the engraving course/ one oral exam on the principles and implementation of a critical edition.

YEAR 2 – RESEARCH DISSERTATION – THIERRY FAVIER
You will learn how to identify your field of study and central question and write a historiographic summary and bibliography. You will also benefit from individual tuition.
Evaluation: file to hand in.

Our teaching staff

Catherine Puig
Director of the Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye (JOA)

Requirements for applicants

Send a complete application file before 13 june 2019.
Send video recordings before 15 june 2019.

Your file must include:

  • a classical concerto (first movement) of your choice with, if possible, a piano accompaniment from the orchestral repertoire excerpts (three of your choice from the list),
  • one of the studies from the list.

This Master’s degree is open to students with a university degree, “DNSPM” – Higher National Professional Musician’s Diploma – a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent foreign degree.

Download the application file.

Cost

ANNUAL COST OF THE MASTER’S DEGREE: €1,085

This cost covers:

  • the amount due to the Abbaye aux Dames for the instrumental music courses, a €600 contribution to accommodation/meal fees + a compulsory €15 membership fee for our association, for a total of €615,
  • 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.

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