Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris / Alfred Cortot
Classical music students who wish to benefit from high quality, demanding instruction may audition for the prestigious Ecole Normale de Musique/Alfred Cortot (ENM). Founded in 1919 by the renowned pianist Alfred Cortot, the Ecole Normale is the private-school equivalent to the National Conservatory, and educates about 1,100 students.
The Ecole Normale is located in a stately mansion (designated a historical monument) in the 17th arrondissement, about 40 minutes by Métro from the IES Abroad Center.
The Ecole Normale has requested that interested students contact their IES Abroad Advisor with any questions. Please do not contact the Ecole Normale directly. Music study in Paris through IES Abroad is limited to the Ecole Normale; IES Abroad cannot customize music study at other institutions in Paris.
Students who qualify may take up to four 3-credit courses at the École Normale, in addition to French language and other courses at the IES Abroad Paris Center. Instrumentalists may study teaching or performance, while vocalists focus on performance only. Course offerings are limited in the spring semester, and certain specialties, such as percussion, are not taught at the École Normale. Admissions decisions are made by the École Normale de Musique.
Instruments taught at the École Normale include:
- Alto violin
- Double bass
Upon admission to the program, you will be asked to submit an audition link and music resume. If accepted, you will also audition once on-site, in order to be placed in the correct level. All admissions decisions are made by the Ecole Normale.
Location & Commute Time
The Ecole Normale is located in the 17th arrondissement, or about 40 minutes by Métro from the IES Abroad Center.
Paris Marais Dance School
The Paris Marais Dance School is a part of the Marais Centre Dance, established in 1970. This private institution offers student-centered classes to beginning and experienced dancers alike.
The Paris Marais Dance School is located in a former hôtel particulier that dates from the 1600s in the stylish 4tharrondissement. The institution boasts three recently renovated dance studios—all named for famous composers—that are still decorated with the original wood-beamed ceilings.
Both full-year and semester students can take classes at the Paris Marais Dance school. Classes are held once a week, and IES students have the right to attend certain seminars and other extra-curricular events at the school.
The Paris Marais Dance School offers instruction in the following styles:
- Classical ballet technique
- Partner work classical and neo-classical
- Point work
- Martha Graham Technique
- Techniques flow, release, contact
- Floor bar
The dance school welcomes students of all backgrounds, from the beginner to the advanced level. Once on site your IES Paris advisor will make an appointment for you to meet the school’s professors, who will then place you in the proper classes for your level.
Location & Commute Time
The Paris Marais Dance School is located in the heart of the historic Marais district in the former Belize palace built in the 17th century. The School is located about 15 minutes by Métro from the IES French Studies Center and is surrounded by cultural institutions, historic sites, shops, cafés and more!
Registration & Advising
Course offerings vary from semester to semester. Exact course availability is determined shortly before the start of each semester.
For this reason, it will not be possible for you to officially register until your arrival in Paris. Shortly after your on-site orientation sessions, you will meet individually with an Academic Advisor to carefully select courses based on your preregistration form, course schedules, academic needs and interests, and eligibility.
La Villa Bastille
La Villa Bastille is an art school (drawing and painting) where students have the opportunity to work freely and independently while benefiting from the instruction of an experienced artist. At La Villa Bastille, students can put into practice the principles needed to depict live models or can learn the different painting techniques (watercolor, oil painting, acrylic painting). Small groups enable individual guidance by the instructor.
Courses offered include:
- Painting (free subject and technique)
- Drawing (live models)
- Classes are about 2-2.5 hours long.