The Conservatoire offers Bachelors and Masters courses in baroque and classical horn, within the department of Early Music. The Bachelors course consists of three years, while the Masters lasts two years.
The Bachelor course focuses on playing the classical horn, as a preparation for the baroque horn. The course helps students develop a varied and sound technique, enabling them to gain an intimate undrstanding of the repertoire from all angles, stylistically, harmonically, analytically etc., and in connection with the courses in applied theory taught within the Early Music department. These courses allow students to gain a comprehensive training in artistic, practical and theoretical skills alongside general and cultural skills.
Alongside the weekly group and individual, instrumental and chamber music classes, each year students also participate in projects organised by the natural horn class (open class, wind instrument fair, master-classes), and by the department (colloquia, concerts, seminars, orchestra sessions, conferences). The training also includes courses in reading, theory and writing. Orchestra excerpts will also be covered in the individual horn lessons, and instruments can be made available for use by students.
Students can then build on this solid foundation during the Masters programme, allowing them to further develop their specific approach to their instrumental and artistic work, (soloist, orchestral extracts, research, unusual repertoire), both on classical and baroque horn. This culminates in the realisation of a personal artistic project at the end of their studies. During this second cycle, or masters programme, chamber music grows in importance, and students are encouraged to develop links to the professional world (concerts, recordings...). Students regularly take part in ambitious projects, thanks to the artistic partnerships of the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles.