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School of Music

An international institute of higher education and Research

The School of Music was founded in 1905 and was the first conservatory in German-speaking Switzerland. In 2008, it was integrated in the larger University of Applied Sciences and Art of Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) and together with the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis make up the FHNW Academy of Music. Both institutions are located in the heart of the Basel’s historic old town: the SCB on the Musik Akademie Basel campus on the left bank of the Rhine (“Grossbasel”), the HSM on the Jazz Campus on the right bank (“Kleinbasel”).

Cooperation with cultural and educational institutions

The School of Music teaching staff, students and study programmes all benefit from the close links between the institute and the Musik Akademie Basel, the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and its Music School, and the University of Basel.
The School of Music is an integral part of the dynamic and vibrant Basel music scene. Thanks to the School’s excellent connections, its students are able to acquire valuable experience working on larger projects with the likes of the Theater Basel, the Gare du Nord, the Phoenix Ensemble and the Basel Orchestras.

Admission exams 2018

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Behind the scenes at the School of Music

Main focus

New Music is central to both teach and research at the School of Music. The School has an electronic studio, two ensembles – Diagonale and zone expérimentale – and two specialised Master’s programmes in the performance of contemporary music and free improvisation. Chamber music is an essential part of the core curricula of the School’s undergraduate and graduate degree programmes, and is the subject of the Graduate Course for String Quartets (Walter Levin Chair), an advanced training programme aimed at highly experienced professional ensemble musicians. Students are also able to hone their ensemble playing skills with the Chamber Academy Basel orchestra, which plays without a conductor.

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Concerts and events


Studying at the School of Music

The School of Music offers two Bachelor and four Master’s programmes, all with an extensive choice of majors.

Studying at the School of Music

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Research at the School of Music

The School of Music has three research priorities: New and Contemporary Music, 19th Century Music, and Music Pedagogy. Through these activities, the School is able to explore the many different dimensions of musical practice and thought, and devise innovative teaching and research approaches. Not only does research drive forward development, it is also a valuable tool for the School to build and consolidate links with other disciplines, regional partners like the FHNW and Basel University, and national and international institutions.

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19th century music

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Music Pedagogy Research

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Further education at the School of Music

The School of Music offers a range of further education courses aimed at professional musicians and instrument/singing teachers. Course content is use-inspired and is therefore closely matched to the requirements of current professional practice.


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Music and New Media

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Music Pedagogy

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Further education courses

Electronic Studio

The Electronic Studio of the School of Music (ESB), situated at the heart of the Musik Akademie Basel Campus, is both an educational institute and a research and production site. It offers a very well equipped recording, production and experimental studio.

Electronic Studio

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Musikhochschulen FHNW Campus Musik-Akademie Basel Leonhardstrasse 6 4009 Basel
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