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Academy of Music

The teaching and research activities of the Basel Academy of Music cover a wide and varied range of fields that include Early Music, Classical Music, Contemporary Music, Electronic Music and Jazz.

Our Study Programmes

12 Bachelor and 25 Master Programmes in Classical Music, Contemprary Music, Early Music, Jazz and Audio Design

Our Study Programmes

The internationally renowned FHNW Academy of Music (with the institutes Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Academy of Music and Jazz) is an integral part of the educational landscape of Northwestern Switzerland. Academy of Music and Schola Cantorum Basiliensis are based in the Musik-Akademie Basel campus. Since summer 2014, the Jazz Faculty has its own designated Jazzcampus, located in Kleinbasel, on the left bank of the Rhine.

Artistic practice and theory
The FHNW Academy of Music provides its 600 students with the artistic, teaching and theoretical skills they will need to forge a career in their chosen field of music. Students also benefit from the support, encouragement and expertise of the 200-strong teaching staff who also have extensive international performance experience.

Cooperation with leading cultural partners
With performances in more than 500 concerts every year in and around the city of Basel, students at the FHNW Academy of Music help enrich the cultural life of Northwestern Switzerland. The FHNW Academy of Music works closely with leading event organisers and partners, which include the leading cultural platforms, theatres and orchestras of the city of Basel.

Musik-Akademie Basel

Concerts and events organised in cooperation with the Musik-Akademie Basel.

Events calendar


The FHNW Academy of Music offers two Bachelor and four Master’s programmes, each of which comes with an extensive choice of major subjects. All study programmes place great importance on the acquisition of solid theoretical foundations and (self-)reflective abilities, and are geared towards producing professional musicians of the highest calibre. The unique Vera Oeri Library, in the heart of the campus, provides students with an inspiring atmosphere as well as access to the largest collection of music in Switzerland.

Academy of Music, Klassik

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Schola Cantorum Basiliensis

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Academy of Music, Jazz

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Research at the FHNW Academy of Music focuses on the many different processes of artistic action and the philological-historical foundations of music (creating music, performance research, mediation and sources). The potential of the research activities of the FHNW Academy of Music lies in the close interaction between musical production, reflection and reception.

Music Pedagogy Research

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New and Contemporary Music

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Historical Performance Practice

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Further education

The courses are aimed at qualified musicians and music teachers. They cover both artistic and pedagogical certificate programmes, courses and conferences.


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FHNW Academy of Music

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Academy of Music Leonhardstrasse 6 4009 Basel