IMEP • Paris College of Music—France
Paris College of Music is a private school of music that was founded by the company of music education professionals IMEP (International Music Educators of Paris), whose faculty and staff bring with them decades of music education experience in France and elsewhere. In September 2016, IMEP Paris College of Music opened its new facilities, equipped to provide the best possible learning experience for students and inspiring working conditions for faculty and visiting artists, in the heart of Paris.
The school offers a professional music diploma program, an open program (part-time and evening classes), and a junior program for the young musician. The overall student count ranges between 230 and 275 students.
Paris College of Music regularly provides numerous events and opportunities for students and faculty. These include master classes with such renowned artists as French pianist Alain Jean-Marie; drummer Ron Savage, Berklee's interim dean of the Professional Performance Division; award-winning composer and Berklee faculty member Ayn Inserto; and vocalist Kevin Mahogany.
Partnerships with local studios and clubs allow students to attend master classes and to see on-site showcases with visiting artists in various styles of music and multiple concerts in some of the most emblematic clubs and concert venues in Paris.
Paris College of Music is a member school of JEN (Jazz Education Network) and IASJ (International Association of Schools of Jazz). Faculty members include cofounders Peter Giron, François Fichu, Bernard Vidal, Phil Hilfiker, and Guy von Gaudecker; renowned saxophonist Rick Margitza '81; pianists Manuel Rocheman and Christopher Culpo; guitarists Alex Stuart and Dominique Assié; vocalists Sylvain Bellegarde and Rayanne Dupuis; drummers Tony Saba and Bruno Pimienta; and bassist Damien Ropars. Former students of Paris College of Music faculty include Lionel Loueke, Stéphane Wrembel, Alexandre Astier, Lou Tavano, Hannah Read, Romain Tranchart and Yann Destal (Modjo), Agathe Iracema, and Edouard Brenneisen, and a substantial number of them have gone on to pursue their studies at Berklee College of Music.