The Royal Carillon School Jef Denyn, International Institute of Carillon Arts, is the first, oldest and largest carillon school in the world. As part of the Belgian carillon culture, this institute enjoys the recognition of UNESCO as 'best safeguarding practice' for intangible cultural heritage. Her Majesty the Queen granted the Carillon School her High Patronage and, after her death, that of Her Majesty Queen Mathilde.
Students from all over the world come to Mechelen to take lessons. The Carillon School wants to give the carillon a place in the fast-evolving cultural landscape and also arouse young people's interest in this music, as listeners or performers.
The Carillon School is part of the part-time art education system. The City of Mechelen is the organizing authority. The school is recognized by the Ministry of Education and Training of the Flemish Community.
The study programme, spread over three degrees and a specialisation degree, includes the subjects: instrument carillon, theory and technique of the carillon, piano carillon, ensemble handbell choir, harmony and practical harmony, campanology, improvisation and arrangement and composition.
At the end of the course you will receive an official certificate as 'Carillonneur'.