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Question:

Where are the Conservatory's offices and partnered location?

The Conservatory’s offices are not open to the public. We offer lessons at home and at our educational/institutional partnered locations.

The American Conservatory of Paris is currently in:

Paris 8th

The American Cathedral of Paris – 23 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris

Paris 16th

ISP – The International School of Paris Ranelagh Campus

OECD – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 6 Rue de Franqueville, 75016 Paris

What is unique about The American Conservatory of Paris?

The Conservatory’s offices are not open to the public. We offer lessons at home and at our educational/institutional partnered locations.

Every week, the Conservatory draws students from all over Paris area, each exploring his/her own unique musical path.  We encourage our students to pursue whatever inspires them, and pursue it to the fullest. Our faculty consists of committed, experienced musicians with extensive teaching and performance careers.

Our school offers the rigor of a conservatory with the openness of a community music school.  Our unique method of teaching combines the French technical solfège and theory with the American instrumental training. This means all students will have solfège as a part of their weekly lessons, whether in group classes or integrated into their private lessons.

My child is a beginner. Is he/she ready to enter the Conservatory?

We love beginners! Many of our students have grown up at the Conservatory, starting from their First Steps Into Music or Music Discovery class to private lessons and performing solo pieces on stage.

What instruments do you offer?

We offer lessons for the following instruments:
Piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet, flute, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drums, guitar, and voice.

What are solfège and music theory?

Solfège teaches students the basics of any music education: note reading, rhythm and singing; in short, the musical alphabet and how to read it proficiently. For more advanced students, music theory teaches how music works and how to understand the compositions of our master composers. Solfège also allows students to have a more complete understanding of music as a whole so that they will progress more efficiently and thoroughly on their instrument. Students will be required to learn solfège and music theory whether privately integrated into their weekly lesson or in a weekly one-hour group class.

Do you teach Suzuki?

No, we do not teach the Suzuki method. We developed our own way to teach very young kids: our First Steps Program in which note reading is taught from the very beginning.

What is the difference between 'lessons' and 'classes'?

Lessons are taught privately and are scheduled between you and the teacher throughout the entire week based on the availability of the teacher and student. Once a lesson time is established, the student must be prepared to adhere to the agreed schedule.

Classes are in groups and take place during the week Monday – Saturday at our partnered locations. There are many group classes offered for an array of ages and levels: Music Discovery (age 4-6), Saturday Conservatory (all ages).

Do I need an instrument?

Yes you do, unless you are a voice student or sign up for Music Discovery or Solfège alone. We can help. It is always a good idea to make sure you are buying/renting the right equipment. When you are scheduling your lessons with your teacher this is the time to ask questions. They will be able to help you choose an instrument that is right for you.

Does the Conservatory rent instruments?

No, we do not, but our faculty can help you find a good location to rent or buy an instrument.

Do I need to practice in-between lessons?

YES! It is essential to practice between lessons. Beginners should devote 10 to 15 min everyday to practice. The length of practice time increases as the level of the student improves.

Does the Conservatory offer lessons or classes over the summer or during vacations?

Yes, we do. Take a look at our Music Box program for lessons.

We will soon be announcing our music camps that will take place over the student vacations. To stay informed please sign up for our mailing list on our News Page.

Does the Conservatory offer any reductions on tuition fees?

Yes. We offer 10% off your next trimester fees for one student in your family for anyone you refer to the Conservatory as a token of our appreciation. People you refer must fill in your name as their referral on their application form.

Enjoy also a 10% discount on all Music Box lessons if you are enrolled yearly in the Conservatory.

What is service à la personne / tax credit program?

The “service à la personne” French government program entitles you to a return of half of all the Conservatory’s fees if lessons are taken at home. You must be paying taxes in France to qualify for this program. Please check with your accountant if you are eligible for this program or find out more information at www.service-personnes.fr.

What are ABRSM exams?

The ABRSM exams are designed to motivate students of all levels and ages, giving them a series of realistic goals and tangible rewards for their achievements.

Since 1889, ABRSM have provided music teachers and their students with exams and assessments that nurture and evaluate an individual’s performance and progress. To find out all the details of the exams please visit www.abrsm.org.