French Language and Music Academy: Study Abroad Course in Montréal, Canada

Application deadline extended to March 1st!


FR 201x / FR 202x
French Language and Music Academy: Study Abroad Course in Montréal, Canada

June 5-30, 2017

Dr. Sylvie Beaudette, director

This unique summer study-abroad program is a three-credit, undergraduate-level course offered by the Eastman School of Music given in Montréal, Canada, open to classical music performers ages 18 and older. The course combines French language instruction with music-related activities in a culturally rich environment. Students applying to the course should have completed at least two semesters of collegiate-level beginning French or the equivalent and be dedicated musicians. Now also accepting students with elementary knowledge of French; classes will be taught in different levels.

The program includes the following components: 60 hours of rigorous French language class (15 hours per week, taught in the morning) provided by the Ecole de Langues instructors, 22 hours of French music survey course taught (in English) by Eastman musicology faculty member Maria Cristina Fava, and 4 hours of chamber music coaching provided by the Ecole de Musique instructors. The capstone event, a French Chamber Music concert in Salle Jean-Papineau-Couture, will be held on Thursday, June 29. In addition to performing, students will write their biography (for the program) in French and read their own French program notes to the audience.

In addition to the final concert, students will have the opportunity to attend a master class and a concert at Orford Musique (formely Centre d’Arts Orford), attend a special event at the Maison Symphonique, and participate in the Fête Nationale celebrations. Non-musical extra-curricular activities will include a day in Québec City, a tour of Old Montréal, and trips to museums, the Latin Quarter, and the Atwater farmer’s market.

This course fulfills Eastman’s FR 201 or 202 requirements for undergraduate students (depending on placement test results, students will be taking FR 201 or FR 202). It can also count as an elective towards the MM, MA, DMA, and Ph.D. degrees; contact your advisor to make sure it fits your program of study. Credit for the course can be transferred to most other North American colleges and universities (contact your institution’s registrar for details).    

Tuition also includes activity tickets, course materials, local transportation passes, and recording of the final concert. Students will be responsible for all other expenses, including meals, airfare, travel and health insurance. Students who prefer to arrange their own housing will pay a reduced tuition fee of $4,650.

$4,650 / 3 credits without housing     CRN 20976 (FR 201x) or CRN 20993 (FR 202x)    
$750 / housing only   CRN 20961
Start your application now using this online form.

Please note that the application deadline for this course is Wednesday, February 1, 2017 (earlier than other summer session courses). Applications may be accepted after this date if there is remaining space in the class. Students will be notified of admission decisions by February 10.

Students accepted into the program must submit a deposit of $500 by February 20, 2017 to register for the class. The balance of the program fee will be due on March 20, 2017.   

Student loans may be available for Eastman School of Music students enrolled for at least six summer session credits—additional credits can be arranged by enrolling in a course or independent study through Eastman’s summer session. For more information, contact the Eastman financial aid office at

For more information, email Dr. Sylvie Beaudette at:


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