Mechelen is home to a world-famous carillon school. It was the first of its kind in the world when it was founded by the carillonneur Jef Denyn in 1922. Herbert Hoover, John D. Rockefeller Jr. and William Gorham Rice gave financial support to this school. It attracts students from all over the world looking to perfect the art of carillon playing.
The Carillon School is a part-time art education programme. The City of Mechelen is the school's governing body. The school is recognised by the Ministry of Education and Training of the Flemish Community.
The study programme, which encompasses three stages, includes theory and technique, carillon playing, arrangement and composition, campanology, piano and harmonies (instrument and vocals).
When you have completed the programme, you receive an official diploma of carillonneur.