The structure of professional music education

Since the academic year 2005/2006, the implementation of the Bologna Declaration has been introduced to the Higher Music Education sector in Switzerland. Study is therefore divided into a Bachelor's degree of 6 semesters (180 credits) and a Master's degree of 4 semesters (120 credits).

  • The Bachelor of Arts in Music is a full time degree course. This course requires total dedication from the student in terms of time and emotional commitment, to achieve technical and artistic maturity.

    It is general music education that does not confer a professional qualification. It can be taken with Majors in performance and in music theory and composition. The Bachelor of Arts in Music is followed by specialised Master’s degrees. Transition from Bachelor to Master is by way of examination.

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  • The Bachelor of Arts in Music and Movement is a full time degree course. This course requires total dedication from the student in terms of time and emotional commitment, to achieve technical and artistic maturity.

    This professional, vocational training qualifies successful students to teach music to children aged between 4 to 12 years old. Teaching qualifications in public schools vary from canton to canton.

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  • The Master of Arts in Music Pedagogy is a full time degree course. This course requires total dedication from the student in terms of time and emotional commitment, to achieve not only technical and artistic but also pedagogical maturity.

    This specialised course is offered with a Major in instrumental/vocal teaching. Training in instrumental/vocal teaching qualifies students to teach their specific instrument and in addition to the pedagogical-psychological-didactic part, includes a significant emphasis on performance.

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  • The Master of Arts in Music Performance is a full time degree course. This course requires total dedication from the student in terms of time and emotional commitment, to achieve adequate technical and artistic maturity. This specialised course is offered with three different Majors: instrumental/vocal performance, wind orchestra conducting, and ensemble conducting (contemporary repertoire).

    The Major in instrumental/vocal performance covers the fundamental aspects of performance (instrumental/vocal repertoire, chamber music, orchestra).

    The Major in wind orchestra conducting usually requires the previous study of a wind instrument and allows conducting of wind ensembles.

    The Major in ensemble conducting (contemporary repertoire) is aimed at performers and composers who are currently involved in contemporary music and imparts the necessary skills for ensemble conducting.

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  • The Master of Arts in Specialized Music Performance is a full time degree course. 

    This specialised training is taken by already highly qualified performers who want to develop their solo career. There is a very selective limited number of places.

    Singing training can be further specialised with opera, in association with other Swiss university schools of music.

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  • The Master of Arts in Music Composition & Theory is a full time degree course. This course requires total dedication from the student in terms of time and emotional commitment, to achieve not only technical but also artistic maturity.

    This specialised course is offered with a Major in Composition. There is particular emphasis on the creative dimension of composition, integrating reflection and craftsmanship. The electronic music section is arranged in partnership with the IRMus of the Accademia Internazionale della Musica in Milan (Civic Schools).

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  • Double degree CSI-DFA

    The Master of Arts SUPSI (double degree) in Music Pedagogy with specialization in Elementary Music Education and Music Education Teaching for Secondary Level I is a double degree study programme offered jointly by the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana and the Department of Education and Learning (DFA) at SUPSI, which allows successful students to obtain two diplomas on completion of their studies, one from each institution, qualifying graduates to teach in secondary education throughout Switzerland and in primary school in the Canton of Ticino. 

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    Master of Arts in Artistic Research

    The Master of Arts in Artistic Research, offered in partnership with the Accademia Teatro Dimitri, is an intensive study programme for artists and teachers working in the performing arts and students from other scientific and artistic disciplines with a strong interest in the arts. The Master introduces a wide range of methodological concepts and approaches to artistic research.

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Contact persons 

Stefano Bragetti

Head of pedagogical training

Giulia Genini

Co-head of study courses
Co-head of musical performance training

 

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Lorenzo Micheli

Co-head of study courses
Co-head of musical performance training

Nadir Vassena

Head of theory subjects
Head of Master of Arts in Music Composition and Theory