Instructions for Specialized Projects



Cycle: 2nd cycle – Master

Teaching units: UE-0000 (number to apply pending) – Specialized finality project – Discipline.

Credits: 30 ECTS spread over two years and four terms, i.e. M1: Q1: 7 – Q2: 8 – M2: Q1: 7 – Q2: 8

Hours: 300h spread over two years according to the same criteria as the credits.

Weight: 12

Language used for educational support: French

Teacher: Jean-Marc Onkelinx: Head of the EU, a referent professor and, if necessary, an external person.

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The learning activities take place during the terms and can, if necessary (internships, external services, etc.) take place during the summer or on days when the Conservatory is closed.

Special measures can be taken for students in a situation of relief.

Collective educational activities will take place according to a program established by the head of the EU. These will be informative and educational sessions given in the school by the head of the EU on the « technologies » of the projects (writing, research methodology, critical thinking, pro activity vis-à-vis the outside world, …)

Individual educational activities will also be planned:

With the EU manager for monitoring the project (s)

With the referent professor for the follow-up of the specialized focus.


The student enrolled in a specialized master’s study program chooses, upon enrollment, his specialization according to the orientation he wishes to give to learning his profession.

Examples: Soloist, Chamber music, Choral singing, Orchestra, Contemporary music, Early music, Writings, Composition, Second instrument, Accompaniment, … (the list is not exhaustive).

The activity will aim to ensure that the student can acquire the knowledge and skills specific to his specialization.

The approach could be flexible and offer partial autonomy as well as it could rely on the student taking initiatives, all very regularly supervised by the head of the EU as well as by the referent professor so that the student is not left on his own without any preparation. The student whose project involves procedures coming out of the Conservatory will be invited to notify the EU official and provide evidence of their procedures.


At the start of the academic year, the student receives a copy of this description detailing the activity as well as an educational contract to complete. He will be invited:

  1. To determine their specific needs according to their ambitions as a musician.
  2. To be determined, with the help of the EU official and a referent professor, the skills useful for the acquisition of the targeted skills.
  3. To establish a hierarchical program of priority skills leading, in the long term, to its goal.
  4. To check regularly along the course the achievements and weaknesses (continuous assessment both personal and accompanied by supervisors *)
  5. To complete, with the help of the head of the EU and / or the referent professor, the educational contract briefly describing the project (s). The signature of it by the student, the head of the EU and the Management indicates acceptance of this description.

The projects may represent up to four different themes related to the specialization or may constitute the different components of a monothematic work. Any valid combination is possible and, where appropriate, the specialization can exploit and deepen one aspect or the other of the IWT without confusing one and the other.

The student will appoint his / her referent professor and communicate it to the head of the EU. The role of this referent will be to ensure a follow-up, to give advice, specific courses and lessons in relation to the theme of the specialization and to continuously evaluate in consultation with the head of the EU the evolution of the student. Appropriate supervision will be provided for this purpose.

With relative autonomy and with the help of the referent professor and the head of the EU, the student will develop his / her project (s) during the two years of the master.

The student’s project will be described in the educational contract mentioned above which will be established with the advice of the head of the EU and which must be accepted by the management of the establishment.

  1. The validation of the contract may be done, under certain conditions, on the condition of adding additional tasks, details, adjustment or redefinition of the project required by the head of the EU, the referent professor or the Management. .
  2. The project (s) will be balanced between the volume of work required and the number of credits that it (they) represent (s).
  3. The evaluation methods will be specified to the student.


* The name « supervisor » here refers to any person inside or outside the Conservatory who has been able to get an idea of ​​the student’s progress. This includes the head of the EU, the referent professor and external contributors such as, for example, an orchestra conductor, the choir director, a masterclass teacher or a competition organizer, … list n ‘ is not exhaustive.

PLEASE NOTE: These contracts must be returned no later than October 20 of each academic year (exceptionally October 25 for this unprecedented academic year) to the EU manager for Q1 (Master 1) Q1 (Master 2) and February 15 for Q2 (Master 1) and Q2 (Master 2) projects. If this date falls on a weekend or a public holiday, the contract can be returned the following working day.

With a view to objective assessment, the student will be required to write a portfolio:

The portfolio will be the base and the journal of the work. It will contain all the useful information so that the jury can take the measure of:

  1. The description of the project (the initial idea, the reasons, a general introduction)
  2. The goals and achievements targeted by the project (expectations regarding the project)
  3. The methodology for the realization of the project (the means and techniques implemented for its preparation and its realization)
  4. The achievements already materialized with, where applicable, documentation (photos, videos, official letters, masterclass evaluations, documents from the institutions where the service took place, …) in short, everything that will show this that has been achieved.
  5. A precise description of what was planned and could not be achieved as well as the reasons for non-achievement.
  6. A personal feeling about the project (possible satisfactions and disappointments, the achievements already made, …)
  7. A self-assessment on how the project was carried out (a brief personal assessment of the project, the effectiveness of the methods used, the way in which the student treated the project and used the time available, a self-criticism. .. which will necessarily be subjective, but nevertheless lucid).

PLEASE NOTE: The portfolio will be given to the head of the EU and to the referring professor on the second day after the Christmas break for Q1 (Master 1) Q1 (Master 2) and on May 20 for Q2 (Master 1) and Q2 (Master 2).


At the end of the project (s), the students will have demonstrated:

  1. The acquisition of specialized knowledge and skills corresponding to the needs set out in the initial educational contract.
  2. An ability to work methodically and autonomously in order to apply these skills in the context of a future professional life.
  3. An increased cultural curiosity and musical maturity necessary for the artist citizen in today’s society.


The benchmarks will be:


  1. The educational contract established at the start of the project and accepted by the jury.
  2. The activity description received at the start of the year.
  3. The responsible for the EU that the student can consult.
  4. The referent professor.
  5. Any other external person who will have accompanied the student in his specialized course.



The assessment will consist for the student in presenting his project to an internal jury at the institution. This presentation will depend on the specialization chosen and must necessarily adopt the flexibility relating to the various specialized disciplines.

  1. The quality of the portfolio will be assessed by the head of the EU and the referring professor. It will constitute 25% of the general mark.
  2. The head of the EU and the referent professor will give a continuous evaluation note summarizing the progress of the work over the duration of the project. It will constitute 25% of the general mark.
  3. The jury will estimate, depending on the specialization and the service, taking into account external evaluations, if applicable, the remaining 50% of the general mark.

When the project results in a performance, a suitable jury will be formed in agreement with the head of the EU, the referent professor and the field director or whoever will be appointed by him to represent him. When several professors have participated in the realization of the project, they will be invited to the deliberation for consultation.

Jean-Marc Onkelinx