Classical percussion is unusual in that it requires students to master a large number of different instruments. The Conservatoire aims to train "generalist" percussionists: students are trained to play side drums, timpani (baroque and classical), keyboard percussion (vibraphone, xylophone, marimba), Set-Ups, modern drum kits and, thus, all the families of percussion instruments.
The Conservatoire offers Bachelors and Masters courses in percussion.
The Bachelors course consists of three years, while the Masters lasts two years.
These courses allow students to focus on their main discipline, while gaining comprehensive training in artistic, practical and theoretical skills alongside general and cultural skills.
Bachelor students receive a solid basis in musical, cultural and general skills, and are led to develop a specialised understanding of the enormous domain which they are discovering. Percussion students can then build on this solid foundation during the Masters programme, where they are guided to develop their artistic autonomy, culminating in the realisation of a personal artistic project at the end of their studies.
During this second cycle, or masters programme, orchestral work and chamber music grow in importance, while the general courses and also the seminars are directly linked to the professional world (recording techniques, marketing...). A further integral part of the course is an introduction to historically informed performance practice, thanks to our close collaboration with the department of early music.
Percussion students regularly take part in ambitious projects, thanks to the special and varied opportunities for collaboration within the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles.