Music Pedagogy

  • Department/School
  • University of Music of Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana
  • Qualification awarded
  • Master of Arts SUPSI in Music Pedagogy
  • Course type
  • Full-time course (120 ECTS over two years)
  • Language
  • Italian. For admission to the Master of Arts in Music Pedagogy candidates who are not native speakers of Italian must present a certificate proving that their level of Italian language is at least B2 according to the Common European Framework for Modern Languages.
  • Application fee
  • The application fee amounts to CHF 100.
  • Course fee
  • Application fee CHF 100. One off matriculation fee CHF 250. Tuition fee CHF 1500/semester (international students). Tuition fee CHF 750/semester (Swiss nationals and residents). Administration fee CHF 250/semester.
  • Centre
  • Lugano
  • Start date
  • 9 September 2019
  • Application deadline
  • 31 March 2019
  • Description
  • The aim of this Master’s programme is to help train students to operate in the fields of pedagogy and music education. The programme is offered with two Majors:
    - Instrumental/vocal pedagogy
    - Elementary music education (offered only within the context of the Double Degree DFA/CSI)



The Instrument/Voice Teaching course qualifies graduates to teach instrument/voice as a specific subject and, in addition to the pedagogical-psychological-didactic component, also includes a significant element of performance. The Major in Elementary Musical Education qualifies graduates to teach music to children aged between 4 and 12. The teaching qualification required for public schools varies from Canton to Canton.

Admission requirements
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music or an equivalent musical education;
  • pass an admission examination;

Applicants with equivalent BA qualifications from other Higher Music Education institutions will receive equal treatment. For further details, please refer to the programme’s page on the Conservatorio website.

Career prospects

Graduates with a Major in Instrument/Voice Teaching work as instrument/voice teachers in music schools. This is the only instrument and voice teaching qualification recognised all over Switzerland. Graduates with a Major in Elementary Musical Education work as music teachers for children aged between 4 and 12, chiefly in music schools. Traditional courses, like “Musical Initiation”, “Rhythm”, “Elementary Music Course”, “Elementary Musical Education” etc. Are indeed fundamental components of Swiss music school programmes.