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Contemporary music

In-depth engagement with contemporary music

Key data

Master of Arts FHNW in Spezialisierter Musikalischer Performance, Zeitgenössische Musik
ECTS points
Start of semester
Beginning of September
Studying mode
Full time
4 semesters
Teaching language
Campus Musik-Akademie Basel
Application fee
200 CHF
Semester fee
700 CHF for Swiss citizens and students with legal place of residence in Switzerland | 1000 CHF for students from EU-/EFTA-countries | 1250 CHF for students from third countries


The application window is open from mid-December to the end of February. Information days on the degree programmes are held in mid-January. More information about the info days at

The FHNW Master of Arts in Specialised Music Performance with a Contemporary Music Major offers students to engage with and specialise in this field. Students who already possess a high level of instrumental proficiency, as well as the relevant experience and knowledge benefit from a comprehensive, goal-oriented programme that focuses on the performance practice of contemporary music. As a result, they will have the necessary qualifications to pursue a career as a professional musician, either in a solo capacity or as part of a chamber music or larger music ensemble, and be equipped to compete/work at international level.

“zone expérimentale” – Contemporary Chamber Music Ensemble

In addition to basic practical and theoretical training, students of the FHNW Master of Arts in Specialised Music Performance with a Contemporary Music Major will work extensively on contemporary chamber music and with the ensemble “zone expérimentale”, both with their tutor and the STUDIO for Contemporary Music. Here, the student group works as a class, on a regular basis, together with their tutors and/or guests. They take part in workshops, class lessons, seminars, masterclasses and colloquia.

Support and guidance from qualified tutors

Besides their tutoring duties, the artistic directors of the programme advise students in designing their study programme and support them with their Master thesis. This programme is complemented by theoretical courses offered by the School of Music. Concert and performance projects are developed in cooperation with students from other disciplines such as Improvisation, Composition, and Audio Design to be realized as part of national and international festivals.


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