Bachelor of Arts
in Music and Movement

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. For the Canton Ticino, it is recommended to attend the Double Master CSI/DFA, which qualifies for the Ticino Elementary and Middle Schools.


Course contents

(in Italian)

Description, objectives, and structure of the course

Description theoretical subjects

Directions for writing the final project


The Bachelor of Arts in Music and Movement 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 and Movement

Type of Bachelor qualification 

The Bachelor of Arts in Music and Movement 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 and Movement 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 eligibility 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 and Movement, 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:

  • a theory section to assess listening and harmony skills (example of theory section)
  • a practical instrumental/vocal test: performance of 2 pieces of the candidate’s choice for a maximum duration of ten minutes
  • a practical singing test that includes singing and playing three children's songs from memory and sight-reading
  • a practical test of an additional instrument which involves the free harmonization of a short popular melody (piano and/or harmonic instrument) if it is not the main instrument and the performance of two short pieces chosen by the candidate on the additional instrument (recorder and/or melodic instrument)
  • a teaching test with a group of children
  • an interview to assess readiness for group and classroom teaching

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 and Movement is available on “Costs Bachelor”.


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


Stefano Bragetti 
Responsabile dell'area Pedagogia