Mélopie is a self-publishing company that was created in 1984 by Barbara and Jacques DURAND with the aim of making playful materials and media to teach music to their children. Their children Rémi, Diane and Sidney became the stories heroes in the 3rd year box set. Barbara and Jacques then created attractive new materials to teach them English on the arrival of their last child: Sullivan aka Baby Pink.

For 30 years, Mélopie has sown a passion for music and languages ​​in the hearts of over 50,000 students through several hundred music teachers, school teachers and host parents, throughout France and even abroad.

In 2012, Diane took over with her partner Julien after the birth of their first two children.

A 100% French company

Through Jacques and Barbara’s family, Mélopie was born in Montmartre, Paris, then, since 2017 Diane and Julien have taken Melopie to Bourbon’s Archambault in the Allier. All Mélopie products are manufactured by French companies and stored in Bourges. For several years now, Mélopie has been working with French-speaking teachers living abroad, thus offering courses for expatriate French communities all over the world.


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The Melopie pedagogy

Melopie is a whole pedagogy based on current neuroscientific research, built around the needs and desires of the child and help him understand music, musical theory and playing an instrument.

The Melopie pedagogy

With the MELOPIE pedagogy children learn to understand and manipulate music using movement, their senses and mnemonic techniques. Through the stories children listen, sing, dance and illustrate them – the characters become alive! This is how they soak up the concepts learned and retain them over the long term.  The MELOPIE stories give meaning to all these actions. They make the abstract notions of music palpable to the child.

Learn with all your senses

With the MELOPIE pedagogy, children learn through mnemonic stories, each concept learned has an explanation and a place in an enchanting, engaging and well-structured universe. Children sing and listen to the educational adventures of Melopie. They handle games and equipment that is adapted to them. As Maria Montessori wrote, the hand is an extension of the brain for the child. They are invited in doing crafts and activities around the theme of music. They concentrate and write down what they have learned. Their whole body is called upon to learn while having fun – and they can begin the adventure at only 3 years old!

A well thought out program

With the Melopie program, the children learn the notions of music theory one by one, the difficulties are separated. Thus, the child gains confidence in himself and in his abilities, he succeeds and wishes to learn more. The child is therefore never faced with an element that is beyond him and could discourage him. The concept and materials used are concrete and evolve over the program as the child relies on his past achievements in order to move on to gradually to newer and more complex concepts, he sees his progress and feels proud. 

The wealth of musical methods

What is music? Some will tell you about the most famous composers, others will tell you about music theory, still other instruments and some even about feelings. Everyone is right, music is all of these, and the methods that address only one of these aspects are very incomplete. A complete learning of music should introduce music theory as well as playing an instrument, listening to or feeling music, everything should be approached in a multitude of different ways. Everyone will be particularly touched by one of the many facets of music, but all its facets must be presented to them.

Music brings a lot to everyone for different reasons that sometimes cannot be explained. In the Melopie pedagogy, music theory will be approached through exercises, coloring and games. The practice of an instrument will be a reality from the first session and a musical ear will be developed thanks to the simplified sheet music and songs. Listening, feeling, history and culture will all be addressed through musical tales. Melopie has done her best to present as many facets of music as possible. Everything must be seen at the same time and not in turn. A smart program is like building a cathedral, you have to think about the foundations, along with electricity and architectural beauty. This is how we create a real work that is solid and beautiful at the same time. This is how passion is born.

A pedagogy adapted to early childhood

For children to learn they must be focused and attentive. For children to integrate, he must be active and invest. The child must be able to move from one state to another constantly to learn concretely without feeling overwhelmed by the effort. This is what Melopie offers with courses structured in a multitude of activities of different kinds.



Ode to music

Music is a language, the simplest of languages ​​since it has only 7 tones. Isn’t that an ideal language For a very small child?

Music is a graphic, the simplest of graphics since it has only 5 lines and a circle. Now what does a little child draw if not lines and circles?

Music appeals to all the senses. You can make it spring from your mouth by singing or by blowing into an instrument, you can make it spring from your fingers by stroking, pinching or striking the material. We can look at it with our eyes, we can listen to it with our ears at concerts or on CDs. We can imagine it, create it, invent it with our mind.

Music takes on a thousand facets of different sounds and styles. We speak of it from the borders of Tibet to the borders of Brazil, from the heart of Salsbourg to the suburbs of New Orleans.

Karajan knew how to read it at 4, Mozart knew how to write it at 3, Armstrong knew how to play it at 5…… And you, how old are you? </ p>

Barbara DURAND

Creator of the Mélopie pedagogy