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Music Theory Major

Training the professional music theorists of tomorrow

Key data

Bachelor of Arts FHNW in Musik, Studienrichtung Musiktheorie
Study mode
Full time
ECTS points
Start of semester
Beginning of September
6 semesters
Teaching language
German, B1 level required
Campus Musik-Akademie Basel
Stay abroad
Possible, not curricular
Application fee
200 CHF
Semester fee
700 CHF (CH) | 1000 CHF (EU/EFTA) | 1250 CHF (Not-EU/Not-EFTA) More Fees


You may apply between 15th December and 15th February.

The core aim of the FHNW Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Music Theory major is to provide students with broad-based skills in music theory, a comprehensive knowledge of the literature and repertoire, the capacity to engage reflectively with different compositional techniques and musical styles, and above all the ability to present artistic content in a practical, musical form and to competently express this in words.
The Music Theory major students can choose to specialise in one of two fields:

Contemporary music/composition is offered in conjunction with the Musicology Department of Basel University. Although the main focus is on 20th and 21st century music, the course also explores the historical and compositional fundamentals of earlier centuries.
Early music/ historical techniques of composition is offered in conjunction with the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and the Musicology Department of Basel University. The course allows for a more in-depth engagement with the theory of early music. Students will take classes on one of the two courses of their major at the Schola Cantorum, as well as a number of additional courses, such as notation and partimento playing.



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