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BA Jazz: Instrumental/Vocal or Composition

“I used to think, How could jazz musicians pick notes out of thin air? I had no idea of the knowledge it took. It was like magic to me at the time.” Calvin Hill in Paul F. Berliner’s outstanding book Thinking In Jazz – The Infinite Art of Improvisation

Key data

Bachelor of Arts FHNW in Music, Jazz
Study mode
Full time
ECTS points
Start of semester
Beginning of September
6 semesters
Teaching language
German, English
Stay abroad
Application fee
200 CHF
Semester fee
700 CHF (CH) | 1000 CHF (EU/EFTA) | 1250 CHF (Not-EU/Not-EFTA) More Fees


The application for a Bachelor's degree programme beginning in the fall semester 2024/25 is open until February 15, 2024.

Students of Bachelor degree programme receive extensive practical training and acquire the foundations to develop their own unique and well-rounded identity as an artist. This study programme focuses on perfecting students’ instrumental/vocal proficiency while encouraging them to find their creative voice.
Students will hone their improvisation and ensemble-playing skills by working on seminal works from the jazz tradition. Students are also actively encouraged to compose and perform their own works. In addition, the programme comprises a range of compulsory and elective courses designed to equip students with the necessary skills and tools to perform at the highest artistic level. 

A stimulating environment that provided me with the space to develop as an artist.

Lorraine Dinkel, alumna

Admission procedure



Teaching staff Jazz

Our internationally renowned teaching staff

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Music Pedagogy - Jazz Instrument/Voice

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Musical Performance – Jazz Producing/Performance

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A place for jazz in Basel Old Town