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Early Music Medieval – Renaissance, instrument/voice

The music of the Middle Ages: a specialisation like no other

Key data

Bachelor of Arts FHNW in Musik, Studienrichtung Mittelalter-Renaissance instrumental / vokal
Study mode
Full time
ECTS points
Start of semester
in autumn
6 semesters
Teaching language
Campus Musik-Akademie Basel
Application fee
200 CHF
Semester fee
800 CHF for Swiss citizens and foreigners with legal place of residence in Switzerland | 1000 CH for foreigners without legal place of residence in Switzerland | 250 CHF Administration fee


The registration window is open from mid-December to the end of January. Information days on the study programme are held in mid-January. Further information about the info days at musikstudium-basel. ch

The Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (SCB) offers a Bachelor of Arts in Early Music with a specialisation in the Medieval-Renaissance eras. As such, it is the only full-time undergraduate study programme of its kind in the world. The programme focuses on improving students’ mastery of medieval and early Renaissance instruments and vocal techniques, coupled with an in-depth study of Early Music repertoires and extensive exposure to historical improvisation practices. At the same time, students acquire an excellent foundation in music theory and history, which will in turn inform the development of their own musical practice.

Extensive ensemble-playing experience

Thanks to its exceptionally talented teaching staff and students, the Medieval Department of the SCB offers an array of opportunities for ensemble work. As a result, students are able to develop their artistic autonomy and gather valuable practical experience working with early source materials and notations.

In addition to singing, the Early Music Bachelor degree programme is offered for the following instruments:

  • Medieval plucked string instruments: plectrum lute, harp etc.
  • Medieval keyboard instruments: organetto, clavicytherium, clavicymbalum etc.
  • Medieval string instruments: vielle (da braccio and da gamba) etc.
  • Medieval wind instruments: recorder, traverso (transverse flute), shawm


Teaching staff

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Schola Cantorum Basiliensis

Internationally renowned institute for early music.

Schola Cantorum Basiliensis