The Conservatoire National de Musique François Mitterrand was established by the Government of Mauritius in 1987. In 1992, it became a Trust Fund through an Act of Parliament and is now managed by a board of trustees under the aegis of the Minister of Arts and Culture.

In 2006, the Conservatoire began decentralising its activities by opening branches in Grand Baie, Mahebourg, Port-Louis, Surinam, Flacq, and Rodrigues. This expansion aimed to make musical education more accessible to a broader population across the island. Each year, around 1,500 students enrol in the Conservatoire, where over 40 teachers guide them on their musical journeys.

Additionally, in 2006, the Conservatoire became a recognized Cambridge Centre, preparing students for music as a subject at GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels.

Mission

To promote music through teaching, performing, composing and research.

Objectives

  • Organise and Run Formal Music Courses: The Conservatoire offers structured music courses in both classical and modern styles, catering to students from beginner to professional levels. This comprehensive curriculum ensures that students receive a well-rounded musical education.
  • Teach Music Technology: Recognizing the importance of modern technology in music, the Conservatoire provides education in music technology, equipping students with the skills needed to navigate the digital aspects of the music industry.
  • Promote Music Through Various Activities: The Conservatoire actively promotes music by organising concerts, ensemble performances, exhibitions, workshops, and hobby classes. These activities provide students with opportunities to showcase their talents and engage with the community.
  • Promote the Mauritian Musical Heritage: A key objective of the Conservatoire is to preserve and promote the rich musical heritage of Mauritius. This involves integrating traditional Mauritian music into the curriculum and encouraging students to explore and appreciate their cultural roots.
  • Advise on Music Education and Research: The Conservatoire advises the Minister of Arts and Culture on short-term and long-term plans for music education. It also identifies the need for appropriate research in the field of music to ensure the continuous development and improvement of music education in Mauritius.

Through its diverse programs and initiatives, the Conservatoire National de Musique François Mitterrand plays a crucial role in nurturing musical talent and fostering a deep appreciation for music in Mauritius. By providing high-quality music education and promoting cultural heritage, the Conservatoire contributes significantly to the artistic and cultural landscape of the country.