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Program Description

Held 10 Saturdays throughout the school year, Saturday Conservatory is an engaging full day or à la carte program offering ensembles, instrumental group classes and theoretical training, the ideal compliment to private lessons. Group learning accelerates both the musical and personal development of musicians at all levels.

The Saturday Conservatory program consists of the following group classes:

Solfège / Music Theory – 1 hr
Solfège teaches students the basics of music education: note reading, rhythm, music theory and singing; in short, the musical alphabet and how to read it proficiently. These classes also prepare students for ABRSM Theory exams Grades 1-8.
Instrumental Group Class – 1.5 hrs
Grouped by instrument: Strings, Winds, Brass, Voice, Piano, Guitar
In these classes, students learn the skills needed to perform with confidence in front of an audience, how to practice constructively at home and are exposed to new repertoire and levels of playing amongst their peers in a fun and supportive environment.
Teachers discuss with students how to give and receive constructive comments, involving them
in active listening. Through interactive activities, students work on their instrument’s fundamental techniques, developing new skills needed and accelerating their overall progress.
Ensembles – 1.5 hrs
String Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Choir, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble
Performing in an ensemble activates and enhances student’s innate love of music-making. By playing with their peers, students learn to listen and observe others around them, which strengthens their aural awareness, intonation, and balance. This opportunity is also open to piano students, as we highly recommend they experience singing in a choir. This is an excellent way for pianists to experience ensemble music and prepare them for future chamber music opportunities.
ABRSM Prep Class  – 1 hr
FOR STUDENTS TAKING ABRSM EXAMS – ABRSM exams are optional at the Conservatory. (For information on these exams please visit our website.) These classes prepare students for the 4 different parts of the ABRSM aural testing which are part of every practical voice and instrumental examination Grades 1-8. The aural part of the exam is 12% of the total score. These classes help students to practice regularly the specific skills needed for each grade.
Music Appreciation – 1 hr 
Students learn how to listen to music critically, identify what they are listening to and speak about it accurately. They learn how to recognize different genres of Western music, they are exposed to the stylistic features of new and unfamiliar music and are introduced to masterpieces of the great composers.
Saturday Conservatory


  • Ages: ages 6 to adult
  • Levels: beginner, intermediate, advanced
  • 10 classes from September 2016 to May 2017
  • Location: The International School of Paris, 96 bis rue du Ranelagh, 75016, Paris
  • Dates:
    • September 24th
    • October 8th
    • November 19th
    • December 10th
    • January 14th
    • February 25th
    • March 11th
    • March 25th
    • April 22nd
    • May 20th.
  • Schedule:
    10h30-11h30 : Solfège/Music Theory
    11h30-13h00 : Instrumental Group Classes
    14h00-15h30 : Ensembles
    16h00-17h00 : ABRSM Prep Classes OR
    Music Appreciation Classes
  • Students staying for the FULL DAY or taking two consecutive à la carte classes are supervised during breaks and must bring their own lunch and/or snacks.
  • IMPORTANT: Saturday Conservatory students MUST provide a copy of their assurance de responsibilité civile before the first class if not currently enrolled at the International School of Paris.
Full Day
/ year
  • Includes the following:
  • Solfège/Music Theory
  • +
  • Instrumental Group Class
  • +
  • Ensemble
  • +
  • ABRSM Prep Class
  • or
  • Music Appreciation
À la carte 1.5 hr Class
/ year
    • Instrumental Group Class
    • or
    • Ensembles
    • (String, Wind, Guitar, Jazz Band, Choir)
À la carte 1 hr Group Class
/ year
  • Solfège/Music Theory
  • or
  • ABRSM Prep Class
  • or
  • Music Appreciation