Master of Arts
in Music Performance

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. 

The Master of Arts in Music Performance is offered with the following Majors:

  • instrumental/vocal performance
  • wind orchestra conducting
  • ensemble conducting (with specialization in: contemporary repertoire)

 

[*] On request, and with approval from the head of study programmes, the curriculum may be completed in three years. The number of ECTS credits, as well as the mandatory presence in all subjects, remain unvaried. 

 

Complete information about the course (only in Italian) 

Regulation (only in Italian)

Extensions of study

The Master of Arts in Music Performance usually takes place in 4 semesters and corresponds to a total number of working hours equivalent to 120 ECTS credits[*].

Qualification achieved

Master of Arts in Music Performance

In-depth study in various Majors such as: instrumental/vocal performance, wind orchestra conducting, ensemble conducting (specialization: contemporary music)

Type of Master

The Master of Arts in Music Performance is an independent Master's Degree programme under Swiss cooperation in accordance with the Konferenz Musikhochschulen Schweiz KMHS cooperation model.

Admissions criteria

Admission is conditional on:

  • successful completion of a Bachelor of Arts in Music or equivalent musical education.
  • passing an aptitude test
  • the availability of places

Language

Most courses are taught in Italian although, depending on the nationality of the students and/or musicians present during practical exercises, the use of other languages (French, German, English) is widely accepted. Classes delivered by guests may also take place in the languages specified above. Students can also attend language courses as part of SUPSI programmes (and Italian courses at the CSI). Written work is accepted in any of the three Swiss official languages (Italian, French, German) or in English.

 

[*] If enrolled as a second Master's, 30 ECTS credits are normally recognised from the first Master's obtained, usually in the main subject (instrument/voice).

Admission (aptitude) test

The aptitude test consists of:

Major in instrumental/vocal performance

  • a practical test (performance of a programme composed of works of different styles and from different periods for a total duration of at least 30 minutes; the panel reserves the right to hear only part of the programme)
  • an interview

Major in wind orchestra conducting

  • main subject: the candidate must conduct a piece or part of a piece chosen by the panel at least one week in advance
  • instrument: performance of a piece from the instrumental repertoire and sight-reading
  • piano: performance of an easy piece (difficulty: about that of a Bach duet) and sight-reading of an easy “condensed score”
  • listening: listening test (intervals, chords), tempo exercises, “find the error” (finding mistakes in a multi-voice excerpt played on the piano)
  • interview: motivation, general knowledge of bands, goals, etc. 

Major in ensemble conducting (contemporary repertoire)

  • main subject: the candidate must conduct a piece or part of a piece for ensemble chosen by the panel at least one week in advance
  • analysis/reading of the score: ability to discuss and illustrate (with or without the help of a piano) a score for ensemble from the last fifty years issued one hour before the examination.
  • listening: listening test (intervals, chords), “find the error” (finding mistakes in a multi-voice excerpt played on the piano)
  • interviews: motivation, general knowledge of the contemporary repertoire, goals, etc. 

The student is only accepted as being eligible for the course if all parts of the test are passed.