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Early Music Medieval-Renaissance instrument/voice

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

Key data

Master of Arts FHNW in Musik - Studienrichtung Alte Musik Mittelalter-Renaissance instrumental / vokal
ECTS points
Start of semester
in autumn
4 semesters
Teaching language
German (level A2 is required)
Campus Musik-Akademie Basel
Application fee
200 CHF
Semester fee
700 CHF (CH) | 1000 CHF (EU/EFTA) | 1250 CHF (Not-EU/Not-EFTA) More Fees


The registration window is open from mid of December until the end of January.

The study of music from the Medieval-Renaissance period encompasses works dating from around 900 to 1530, and up to 1600 in specific cases.

Achieving the highest level of proficiency as an instrumental or vocal soloist is an important goal of this Master’s programme. Given that ensemble playing is integral to medieval and Renaissance music, the study programme also focuses on nurturing excellent ensemble musicianship, allowing students to  acquire the skills needed to put their musical knowledge and expertise into practice in ensemble performance and direction.

Course description

The core curriculum dovetails theory-based subjects essential for the study of music from the medieval and Renaissance eras with practice-based courses and exercises.

The in-depth study of a specialist subject from the period as well as the writing of a Master’s thesis provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their academic research skills and their ability to apply these in practice.

The Schola Cantorum Basiliensis is a world-renowned centre for the study and practice of medieval and Early Renaissance music. 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 in turn will inform their own musical practice. Thanks to its exceptionally talented teaching staff and students, the Medieval Department of the SCB offers an array of ensemble-playing opportunities. As a result, students are able to develop their artistic autonomy and gather valuable practical experience working with historical source materials and notations.

In addition to singing, this Early Music Master’s 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


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