Learning a musical instrument can be a challenging experience, especially in a new country. Today we are going to look at the different options available to you, whether you are starting out as a beginner or want to progress with your current instrument. Start your musical journey in France today!
🎹 Music Schools
In order to learn a musical instrument and practice it at a music school, you need to be able to read music. At least, this is the case in France for courses offered by the state, some private music schools and the conservatory.
Music students here are required to follow a program called ‘formation musicale‘, which can take up to 6 years if they start at a young age. However, if you are an adult, you can usually access a dedicated programme, which usually lasts an average of 3 years and can be done at the same time as learning an instrument. Good to know: some music schools offer a personalised approach that is more flexible!
🎷 Individual courses
Cours particuliers (private lessons) are a good way of learning an instrument at a faster pace than in a group course. They can take place in a music school, at your home or at the teacher’s home or studio. A big advantage is that it is easier to find a teacher who speaks English. Nowadays, many online platforms allow you to find a professeur particulier (private teacher) who meets your criteria. This is the case of Superprof (French website), where you can find English-speaking teachers from a wide range of backgrounds and for a wide variety of subjects!
💻 Online resources
Thanks to the power of the internet, you can learn a musical instrument on your own. It can be a great alternative to learning an instrument with a teacher as there are many different ways to learn through online resources such as apps where you can play along. For some people it is more suitable as it is more self-driven than a regular course. It also allows you to practice when you want to and when you have the time, but it can also be a slower process without direct input from a teacher.
Music schools often organise workshops during school holidays. They are usually held in groups according to the level of the participants. This means that you can take part whether you are a beginner or an amateur.
Overall, learning to play a musical instrument in France can be a very enriching experience and with so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find the most suitable method to start or continue your musical journey!
All articles by: Leslie Belliot