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Frequently asked questions

Question? Concern? Our top questions are here, but every student has a unique story so please do not hesitate to email or call us if you have another question!



Where is the Conservatory?

At your home!

We offer lessons at your home in Paris or at our partnered locations. The Conservatory’s office address is not open to the public. The American Conservatory of Paris is currently partnered in:

Paris 4th – Cité Internationale des Arts – 18 rue de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris (Open to all students)

Paris 16th – ISP – The International School of Paris – Ranelagh, Beethoven, and Cortambert Campuses (ISP students ONLY)

Neuilly-sur-Seine – Marymount – 72 bd de la Saussaye, 92200, Neuilly-sur-Seine (Marymount students ONLY)

What is unique about the Conservatory?

We are a school of music that teaches in English. We accept students of all ages and levels. We are not an accredited university.

The Conservatory’s faculty teaches in the comfort of your own home, At the International School of Paris, ISP students can take lessons directly after school at all campuses.

We encourage our students to pursue whatever inspires them and pursue it to the fullest. Students can choose to study the style of music they truly love, from classical to pop or jazz. 

Our faculty consists of committed, experienced musicians with extensive teaching and performance careers.

We offer all students 2 performing opportunities per year in January and June.

My child is a beginner. Can we enroll in the Conservatory?

We love beginners! We accept students of all ages and levels.

What instruments do you offer?

piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet, trumpet, drums, guitar, ukulele, singing

What is solfège / music theory?

Solfège / Music Theory 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, it teaches how music works and how to understand the compositions of our master composers. It also allows students to understand music as a whole so that they will progress more efficiently and thoroughly on their instrument. Solfège/Music Theory is integrated into weekly lessons. For ABRSM students needing to pass grade 5 theory, we have an online music theory program with a 100% pass rate!

Do you teach Suzuki?

Not exactly. We do not teach the true Suzuki method. We developed our own way of teaching very young kids with Suzuki books. We prefer to teach note reading from the beginning and train our students to read as soon as they start playing.

Do I need an instrument?

Yes, you do, unless you are a voice student. We can help! It is always a good idea to make sure you are buying/renting the right equipment. When signing up or scheduling your lessons with your teacher, this is the time to ask questions. We can help you choose the right instrument and tell you exactly what and where to buy or rent.

Does the Conservatory rent out 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 minutes every day to practice. The length of practice time increases as the level of the student improves.

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

Yes, we do. All students enrolled for the school year receive a 10% discount on extra lessons. Students looking for a temporary teacher or a small package of lessons, please take a look at our Music Box program. to sign up for the exact number of lessons you want.

Does the Conservatory offer any reductions on tuition fees?

Yes. We offer 10% off on the second instrument you study with the Conservatory. We also offer 10% off your next trimester fees of 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 a 10% discount on all extra lessons if enrolled yearly in the Conservatory.

What is the 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 at your home. You must be paying income 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 this website..

What are ABRSM exams?

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

Since 1889, ABRSM has 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.

These exams are not mandatory.

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