Bachelor of Arts in Music

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 provides general music education that does not confer a professional qualification. It can be taken with Majors in instrumental/vocal 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.


Course contents

(in Italian)

Description, objectives and structure of the Major in Instrumental/Vocal

Description, objectives and structure of the Major in Theory & Composition

Description of theoretical subjects

Directions for writing the final project


The Bachelor of Arts in Music usually takes place in 6 semesters and corresponds to a total number of working hours equivalent to 180 ECTS credits.

Qualification achieved

Bachelor of Arts in Music – Major in Performance

Bachelor of Arts in Music – Major in Theory & Composition

Type of Bachelor qualification 

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

Admissions criteria

Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Music is conditional on: 

  • successful completion of high school exams, a vocational qualification, a diploma from another secondary school of general education, a certificate of other education with an equivalent general nature
  • passing an aptitude test

The requirement for completion of secondary education and vocational secondary education may be waived in exceptional circumstances if the candidate demonstrates an outstanding musical talent.


For admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Music, candidates who are not native speakers of Italian must present a certificate proving that their level of Italian language is at least B2 according to the Common European Framework for Modern Languages. (Celi3 level, Students who are native speakers of French, German or English, or students who can demonstrate a level of B2 language proficiency in one of these languages according to the Common European Framework for Modern Languages, may apply for exemption from this rule. They must, however, demonstrate a sufficient level of knowledge of the Italian language and reach Celi3 level by the end of their first year of study. 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 official languages (Italian, French, German) or in English.

Admission exam

The admission exam consists of:

Major in Performance

  • a practical test (preparation 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)
  • a theory test to assess listening and harmony skills (example of theory test)
  • an interview

Major in Music Theory and Composition

  • a theory test to assess listening, harmony and analysis skills (example of theory test)
  • an interview during which the candidate must present 3-4 of their own compositions

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

Application procedure

Applications are open till 31 March. Details on the preparation of the admission dossier, as well as on all updated procedures, may be found on the Application page.


A full list of fees may be found in the section Fees and Payments. A description of the standard costs for the Bachelor of Arts in Music is available on “Costs Bachelor”.


The regulations of the Bachelor of Arts in Music, as well as all other regulations of the University of Music are available on the section Study Regulations.


Giulia Genini
Lorenzo Micheli
Co-Responsabile della Formazione
Co-Responsabile dell'area Performance